About Uplift Adventures

"Climb Mountains, and get their good tidings." - John Muir

Our Story
Our Team

Uplift Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

We include destinations in Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

Our Story

Uplift Adventures is a small business homegrown in Crowsnest Pass. We have won provincial tourism awards and continue to inspire sustainable outdoor recreation throughout the Canadian Rockies. We mainly operate in the South Canadian Rockies, more specifically Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass.

While we offer several year-round outdoor services and gear rental that are bookable online, Uplift Adventures also works closely with schools to provide curriculum-based programs and mentorship experiences. In addition, we provide private trips for corporations and have even worked with trauma and recovering addiction groups to help them get outside. We offer consulting services, including trail planning and mapping, interpretive programs, and environmental work.

Uplift Adventures is guided by our four main principles to create these outdoor experiences and knowledge for all types of people:

  1. To inspire people to CONNECT to the outdoors.
  2. To build CONFIDENCE in people to explore the outdoors safely and responsibly.
  3. To encourage an outdoor COMMUNITY to include all types of people.
  4. To CONSERVE the outdoors for people now and into the future to enjoy.

Our ultimate goal at Uplift Adventures is to create something we call: Conservation Tourism. We want to create either reclamation or sustainable development projects where people can give back to the places they are visiting. We have members of our team who are environmental scientists with a lot of experience in development and reclamation, and have worked on recovery programs. We want to take this experience to rebuild some of the damaged landscapes from historical mining, exploration, and neglected trail use in the Canadian Rockies and encourage people to explore with purpose.

Our Team

Dedicated, adventurous people.

Julie Allison

Julie Allison | Interpreter Guide

Playing random ukulele songs

Fun facts

Julie has been exploring Southern Alberta's Rockies since she could walk. She grew up chasing her brothers and cousins through the mountains, developing a deep love for the forests, wildlife and history. 

Nathan Dahl

Nathan Dahl | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Nature knowledge

Can make a good cup of coffee

Nathan grew up in Alberta, and so he has had the pleasure of being near and in the Rocky Mountains his whole life. He enjoys all aspects of walking through the mountains - whether taking the path less traveled on remote overnight trips, or taking in the familiar sites visited by tourists time and again. Nathan has been guiding for over a decade, so you're sure to hear some interesting stories and learn a thing or two about the spectacular mountain environment that we call home. 


Darren Davis | Lead Duty Officer

Zombie expert

Cheering on adventurers

Every business has a behind the scenes person. Darren has a technical-working brain, which helps when gear breaks or when we need to purchase new gear. By day, he works as a Civil Engineer Technologist. You will find Darren helping our guests stay safe while we explore.

Heather Davis

Heather Davis | Lead Guide & Owner

Adventure designer


Heather is the oil for our operation, she keeps things moving and people smiling. She grew up with a team of brothers that taught her that there are no limits. She has spent a lifetime learning and continues to expand her knowledge.

Climbing Instructor

Curt Etheridge | Climbing Instructor

Dog lover

Slinging a pilaski
Curt (he/him) was born and raised in the UK. He traded ocean adventures for adventures in the mountains when he moved to Southern Alberta. Curt could happily live off cappuccinos, sushi and The Office... topped up with a bit of alpine spice for the rest of his life!
Climbing Instructor

Morgan Fines | Lead Climbing Instructor

Setting climbing routes

Inspiring youth to get outside

Morgan has enjoyed the squeeze of a climbing harness, the helmet tan, and the thrill of tying knots with the wind in his hair since 1997. His climbing career started in Manitoba, but he's found his "niche" in Southern Alberta, with a special place in his heart for Emerald Lake, Crowsnest Pass. He has plenty of experience and training by the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) including CGI level 2 (climbing gym instructor), and TRCI (top rope climbing instructor). He is passionate about helping beginners enjoy rock climbing! Together with his wife and two daughters, he spends as much time adventuring as he can, including: rock climbing, ice climbing, route building, hiking, mountaineering, skiing, backpacking and collecting ticks. He funds his expanding gear closet by working as an Automation Engineer in Lethbridge. You might call him an "anchor" of the climbing community in Southern Alberta. Morgan has been instrumental in setting up new areas for Uplift Adventures’s Outdoor Climbing Programs.
Rachel Jamieson

Rachel Jamieson | Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Maple syrup connoisseur

Loves to rope swing over water

Rachel is an Advanced Care Paramedic working full-time in the Crowsnest Pass. She is devoted to practicing paramedicine in remote and austere environments.

Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Breaking down stereotypes

Perfecting the bear hang

Lisa is a true flatlander whose parents loved to ski and filled the suburban with all seven of siblings every weekend to stay in a winterized 5th wheel in Fernie. Those winter weekends grew into an all-year love affair with the mountains. She later moved to Fernie and made a profession out of being a ski bum and spent the summers mountain biking and hiking. She has called the Crowsnest Pass home for the last 20 years, where she has raised two children. You will often find her in the mountains with her Golden Doodle, Gracie or teaching Avalanche Safety Training courses with her business, My Terrain.

Guide in the Canadian Rockies

Duncan Maisels | Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Loves to learn your story

Would rather be outside
Duncan has ‘been around a bit’ in the best sense …… 20 years guiding in BC and Alberta, together with another 20 years prior in various places (Scotland, The Black Forest, Cyprus, Greenland, Norway, Turkey, Syria (before all the shooting), Algeria (before all the shooting), Eastern Zaire (before all the shooting ….. wait a minute, pattern here ?!). Anyway, lots to chat about once you’re tired of all the this flower / that flower / blah blah blah mountain name ……:-). Mostly, Duncan delights in learning about you and experiencing the joys of being out there!

Kristine O'Rielly | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Bringing an east coast charm to the mountains

Loving every momemnt

Born and raised in the small fishing village of St. Brendan’s, an island off the east coast of Newfoundland, Kristine grew up with the Atlantic Ocean, humpback whales, and icebergs in her backyard. She attributes her rural upbringing for her love of nature. After seeing a photo of the Alpine Club of Canada’s historic Abbot Pass Hut in a 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic, Kristine felt drawn to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A visit to that very same hut in 2015 and a little luck (or perhaps it was fate?) landed Kristine a full-time job in Calgary, Alberta and she’s been busy exploring western Canada ever since. Kristine is a certified apprentice hiking guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). As a guide, Kristine loves to help others push outside their comfort zone. She also loves to teach others how to minimize their impact while recreating. A type 1 diabetic for 27 years, Kristine believes that everyone – regardless of background and ability – belongs in the great outdoors.

Joanne Pinches

Joanne Pinches | Interpreter Guide

Fun nature facts

Making people feel comfortable

Joanne is an avid hiker and loves to stop and smell the roses! She can be found taking pictures of flowers and fungi. Joanne loves to share her enthusiasm about the flora and fauna of Southwest Alberta with anyone within hearing distance. Joanne is also an advocate that all bodies can enjoy the outdoors, regardless of their shape, size, or speed.

Climbing Instructor in Crowsnest Pass

David Relkoff | Climbing Instructor

Snoozing in a hammock
Contemplating the meaning of life
Nature is best enjoyed in a hammock.  While nobody of any notoriety can be quoted as saying this and the apparent laziness in this statement, it is David’s guiding philosophy.  However, this philosophy needs to be qualified: enjoying nature from a hammock is conditional on an earning it through a fulfilling nature experience first.  The more fulfilling the nature experience, the better.  David’s happiness stems from his experiences in the out of doors.  Committed to life-long learning and sharing his passion for the out of doors, David has become a ski instructor, a climbing instructor, and a moving water canoe instructor.  Vagabond in nature, David has paired work and travel to amass nearly two decades of experience teaching climbing to youth and adults both in an indoor and outdoor setting on three continents.  Working for Uplift Adventures as a top rope climbing instructor, David continues to share his passion for climbing and stretching his client’s comfortable bubbles in a safe and fun nature experience.  Remember, nature is best enjoyed doing what you most enjoy with those you most enjoy.
Sabrina Ryans

Sabrina Ryans | Hiking & Backpacking Guide

Making gourmet backcountry meals

Finding private locations

Sabrina is passionate about helping youth and adults get outside and connect with their local landscape. She considers herself very lucky to have been able to build a career doing exactly that. Sabrina has a Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and holds certifications with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the Interpretive Guides Association, Outdoor Council of Canada, Canadian Avalanche Association and Paddle Canada. Born and raised in Alberta, she is currently based out of the Crowsnest Pass where you can generally find her skiing, hiking, whitewater canoeing, or experimenting with new recipes.
Climbing instructor

Xander Wilkie | Climbing Instructor

Addicted to mountain adventure
Ready to share with the world

Xander started climbing in 2018 with his father and has been hooked ever since. He enjoys all types of outdoor activity but rock climbing always comes first.

Outdoor Ambassadors

Growing the next generation of adventurers.
Outdoor Ambassador

Jack Bailey | 2022 Outdoor Student Ambassador

Finds adventure whereever he goes

Is never late
Jack has grown up hiking in the mountains of Crowsnest Pass. He can often be found running, biking, and hiking throughout the Rocky Mountains on most weekends.

Claira Murray | 2022 Outdoor Student Ambassador

Secretly amazing at outdoor climbing

Knowledge of hidden gems in the area

Claira is 15, and has grown up in the Rocky Mountains. She loves chasing waterfalls, in all kinds of weather. Claira enjoys paddling, exploring off the beaten path, hiking, camping and wakeboarding. In winter, you will find her chasing powder turns and jumps on her snowboard and hiking in the winter wonderland on her snowshoes. She dreams of one day guiding as a career so she can spend her days exploring new places. She loves cliff bars but only the white chocolate macadamia kind. 

Reese Pagnucco

Reese Pagnucco | 2021 Outdoor Ambassador

Mushroom finder

Inspiring others to feel connected

Reese is an Adventure Tourism Business Operations student, working her way towards a degree. Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass, she had the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains right at her finger tips which sparked a love for the outdoors right from the beginning. 


Hillary Erickson | 2021 Outdoor Student Ambassador

Gear organizer

Encouraging a positive attitude

Hillary is the outdoor student ambassador for Uplift Adventures this summer. She was born with a heart for adventure and a love for the outdoors. Hillary loves telling bad jokes, country music, singing and eating Costco trail mix (mostly the M&Ms). 

We are accredited and recognized through:

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
National Geographic Mapguide Destination
Wilderness Medical Associates