Current Transportation: 2004 Sprinter Van named Hedwig
Core Activities: Ski-mountaineering, alpine climbing, rock climbing,
Non-Core Activities: Being a mountain guide, sport eating, coffee, riding my bike, serving on the board of the AMGA, reading nerd books, shoes
Favorite Places: North Cascades, off-the-beaten-track in the Alps, Vermont and New Hampshire, The Dolomites
My Jam Is: Usually vacillating wildly between bubble-gum pop and KEXP.
I Eat Lots Of: Everything.
Fun Fact: The U.S. has more female IFMGA guides per capita then any other country in the IFMGA.
Margaret Wheeler learned to ski and climb at an early age in New England, and became interested in ski mountaineering while living in Europe for several seasons. In 2006, Margaret became the second woman in the US to complete her full AMGA IFMGA guide certification. An active member of the guiding community, Margaret is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and as president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor and trainer.
Margaret is the proud owner of a fully functional disco ball, and when in the US she and her husband can be seen driving a ginormous yet slender silver van (named Hedwig) around the western states.
I like the Flyway Short Sleeve Shirt because it performs like a technical base layer, but looks and feels like a cute summer shirt.
The Airbrake Gloves are my favorite alpine climbing gloves for the summer. They're comfortable and super dextrous, so I don't need to take them off to do technical rope work or gear transitions, like taking crampons on and off.
How To Do A Killer Kick Turn
Perfecting your turns will help you get the most out of your ski tour. OR athlete Margaret Wheeler breaks it down in this video. [Read More]