TOPICS & TIMES:
- The story behind Rob’s family name (2:03)
- Growing up: skiing, hiking, climbing (3:40)
- When did you start guiding? (5:33)
- Rob’s first book: Holy Spokes (7:22)
- 2nd Book: The Mountain Guide Manual (8:49)
- New Book: The Ski Guide Manual (10:10)
- “Decision Making” vs. “Snow Science” (16:27)
- Most common “flawed decisions”? (23:00)
- Avi packs & risk perception (28:36)
- Most effective way to travel in the backcountry (36:30)
- Where are you guiding most these days? (43:35)
- 57 Hours as a backcountry safety tool (48:35)
Rob Coppolillo is an IFMGA / AMGA mountain guide who grew up in the Denver Colorado area, and currently lives in Chamonix, France. Rob is also the author of The Mountain Guide Manual (one of the official textbooks of the AMGA), and the forthcoming book, The Ski Guide Manual.
So we talked to Rob about his background and how he got into guiding; the current state of backcountry and avalanche education; his take on the pros and cons of avalanche airbag packs; and we get into the fundamental question of the most effective way to travel in the backcountry (aka, skin track angles).