Summer Staff

The 2004 Instructors on Mt. Athabasca Summit

Mike Adolph - Operations Manager

Mike has been with COE since it's inception in 1995. Now a fully certified IFMGA guide, Mike is an expert climber, skiier, alpinist and kayaker with many years of experience guiding and teaching both youths and adults. 

Certification & Training Includes:

- ACMG / IFMGA Mountain Guide
- CAA Avalanche Technician 2
- Swift Water Rescue Technician
- CRCA Flatwater Kayaking Instructor
- CRCA River Kayaking Level I Instructor
- High Angle Rescue
- Wilderness First-Aid
- Advanced Adventure Medic (80hr)
- SAR Fundamentals
- NCCP Coaching Levels I & II
- AHEIA Conservation Education Instructor

Cheri Adolph - Owner & Camp Director

Cheri is a busy woman with her full-time commitment to COE. In her spare time she still manages to run a business, train lodge staff, be "mom" to all our guests, and bake the most amazing chocolate chip cookies you could ever imagine.

Cheri also runs a really cool cafe/gift shop in town known as Nordegg Rocks. Stop by for a great cup of coffee on your way through!

Rolf on top of Mt. Sarbach with MikeRolf Adolph - Owner & Jack of all Trades

Rolf is an Electronics Technologist and works full-time in his office "playing with his computer", but he's always around developing "Rolftraptions" and ensuring the Centre runs smoothly. His sense of humor and analytical brain are critical to COE!!

Rolf is also the brains behind most of the building projects and renovations that take place around the lodge.

Andrew Adamson

Andy has been working at COE since 2002.  His enthusiasm for working with youth in the outdoors is rivalled by few. After six years in Golden, Andy has returned to the David Thompson Corridor to help direct the summer programming. Andy is an experienced paddler, mountain biker, climber and skier with many steep descents over the years.

Certifications & Training Includes:

- Mount Royal University - B.A. Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership
- ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor
- Advanced Wilderness First Aid
- Canoe Kayak Canada - Level 3 River Kayak Instructor
- Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 3
- National Coaching Certification Program - Level 2
- CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 Ski
- CSIA - Ski Instructor Level 1
- Justice Institute of B.C. - Ground Search and Rescue Member

Ian Curran

Ian has been leading COE groups into the mountains since 2009. Born and raised in Canada’s largest city, Ian grew up hiking and canoeing through the rugged Canadian Shield. Since moving to Alberta in 2006, he has called Nordegg and Canmore home. During the winters, Ian guides for Canadian Mountain Holidays out of Bugaboo Lodge.

Ian is currently pursuing ACMG certifications in the Mountain Guide stream.

Certification & Training Includes:

- University of Toronto - B.Sc. Forest Conservation
- ACMG Ski Guide
- ACMG Hiking Guide
- ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor
- CAA Professional Member
- Swift Water Rescue Technician

- Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Chris Volkart

Chris' first summer leading trips for COE was in 2011. Raised on the prairies of Alberta, Chris has been exploring the Rocky and Columbia mountains since an early age.

After completing his Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University, Chris has been pursuing ACMG certifications in the Mountain Guide stream.

Certification & Training Includes:

- Thompson Rivers University - Adventure Guide Diploma
- ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor
- SPRAT & IRATA Level 1
- CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 Ski
- CSIA Ski Instructor Level 1
- Wilderness First Responder(80hr)
- PEP BC Rope Rope Rescue Team Leader

Cameron Birch

Cameron first came to COE in 2011 as a participant in our Youth Mountaineering Challenge. Cameron subsequently completed two summer seasons of leadership training. We are proud to now have Cameron as one of our core staff.

Certification & Training Includes:

- Paddle Canada - Kayak Flat Water Instructor Level 1
- Paddle Canada - Canoe Flat Water Instructor Level 1
- Advanced Wilderness First Aid
- Avalanche Safety Training Level 1

Cory Boschman

Cory began working at COE in 2008. Before coming to COE, Cory spent multiple seasons on ski patrol and as a raft guide in Canmore. His travels in search of the perfect lines to ski and routes to climb have taken him across North America. Cory is now based out of Canmore and guides at Mustang Powder Catskiing during the winters.

Certification & Training Includes:

ACMG Ski Guide
- ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide
- CAA Ski Operations Level 2
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician
- Wilderness First Responder (80 hour)

Jennifer Adolph

Jen is an skilled climber and skier and dentist who has worked with
COE periodically throughout summers.

Certification & Training Includes:

- ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide
- ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor
- CAA Avalanche Control Blasting Course
- CAA Ski Operations Level 1
- CSIA Ski Instructor Level 1
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician
- Advanced Wilderness First Aid (80 hours)
- Outdoor Emergency Care

Rhonda Shippy

Rhonda has extensive training in a variety of different disciplines as well as formal training as a elementary teacher. She leads programs for COE during summers and spends her winters traveling the globe rock climbing, sea-kayaking and scuba-diving.

Certification & Training Includes:

- Level 2 BC Whitewater Instructor
- Swift Water Rescue Technician
- SAR Fundamentals
- High Angle Rescue
- Advanced Adventure Medic (80hr)

Justin Sharpe

Justin joined the COE team in 2010 after having spent two years working as an EMT. Besides working at COE, Justin builds log homes and travels to Northern Alberta to provide medical support for oilfield exploration projects.

Certification & Training Includes:

- Emergency Medical Technician

Julie Kundrik

Julie joined the COE team in 2010. Julie has a strong background in leadership, cultivated by four years of ski coaching at Castle Mountain. Julie is now based in Canmore during the summer and travels throughout Western Canada to ski and coach in the winter. 

Certification & Training Includes:

- Level 2 Ski Coach
- Wilderness First Aid (40 hour)

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Centre for Outdoor Education, Box 7, Nordegg, Alberta, T0M 2H0, Canada
Phone: (403) 721-2208 Fax: 1-888-314-3690