Ross Berg

What are your core values? How do they show up for you in how you live your life every day?

Authenticity is my most pronounced core value. And it takes many forms. By listening to what is truly important, I can move through anything with intention and focus. My hope is that fostering authenticity, within myself and the way I live, serves the community and inspires others to chase their own dreams. 

Also, placing value on recreation. Doing things that aren’t solely pursuant to an outcome but just for the joy of it.

What is your 10 year vision? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Did I mention my affinity for recreation? Continuing to live a life full of experience and enjoying being outdoors anywhere in the world. Building community and close relationships as well as finding balance from sports and the outdoors with art and culture. My dream is to have aptitude in what I think are all of life's quadrants: physical pursuits, culture, artistic expression, relationships and self-development.

You’re an epic guide and trail blazer living your passion. Where does your passion for climbing some of the hardest climbs and summiting the highest peaks in the world come from?

Climbing is this simple and beautiful example of achieving goals in life.  With so many goals, the roadmap to achieving them can be cryptic - wrought with unknown variables. Climbing is this distilled version of that. It’s clear what the goal is in climbing; the path to do it and the strength/skill set required. Being able to pursue a goal in a dynamic environment is so satisfying and enriching.  Additionally, sometimes I can’t believe how beautiful the mountains are. Truly in awe.

If you could give 1 piece of advice for life, what would it be?

Act now. I think it’s a real skill to be able to evaluate my own current ability and capacity. So might as just round up and lean in. 

Beyond the great outdoors, what else is in your wellness toolbox? How else do you prioritize your health?

Working in the mountains and living in a community where those activities are a predominant focus. Being able to retreat from that energy is also critical for me.  Taking personal time to be in a different environment, whether that be the city, or the ocean is very balancing.  Having the space to reflect on how I’m doing, what I’m doing and where I want to go without external pressure is an bi-annual necessity.

What do you do (mentally) that helps you stay clear and regimented towards achieving your goals? 

Checking in with the why. For me, goals can morph into something that isn’t my own, from societal pressure, or, perhaps, ego. Being able to check in and understand why something is important, how the path to accomplishing it feels – these contemplations serve as reminders of my underlying motivation.  Or they’re tools to let them go.

What is your favorite REYAL product and what do you like most about it? 

The whole kit! I’m not one who has a clue what he should be doing for his skin health, all I know is I need to keep that shit looking tight for as long as I can. Particularly being out in the elements as much as I am.  Being able to let more educated folks than myself put together an easy-to-use package is perfect for me.

If someone wants a world class climbing, trail blazing, or summiting experience, how do they get a hold of you and what do they ask for?

Well, if you want to join for a lovely backcountry ski, mountain climbing, or running trip/course check out Altus Mountain Guides. We offer trip in the Sea to Sky, Rocky Mountains and the European Alps. If you are looking for a special ski/board trip check out my heli-ski company Phantom Heli skiing based out of Squamish. The skiing we have at our fingertips with the use of helicopter will blow your lid.

Where can we find you? (website/social/etc)

Altusmountainguides.com

Phantomheli.com

@altusmtnguides

@phantom.heli

@ross_berg_

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