Who Are We?

Gear Reviews:

All the reviews posted to the site reflect my personal and professional opinions on the various products.  I’m not compensated in any way for writing them though some test samples are provided.  I put a lot of time into testing before I put proverbial pen to paper and try to provide as much information as possible.  The reason there are no overly negative reviews is because I don’t want to spend a bunch of time testing out crappy gear.   If I do come across something I really don’t like I’ll typically send some constructive feedback to the company instead of undertaking a review.  If you have any questions about any of the reviews or just want to say hi feel free to post a message or shoot me an email.

Guiding:

Black Sheep Adventure Sports’ guiding operations were created with the idea that Adventure cannot necessarily be packaged by sport and sold in bulk. Adventure is something that involves some uncertainty, some highs and lows, a lot of work, a little suffering and often results in pivotal, life changing memories. What does that mean? It means that while we do offer some standardized courses and trips, we do so because it’s a great way to get to know people and develop relationships. Once we know someone, we can really work with them to create custom and unique trips that call to their sense of adventure.

Testing out the Kamber in some deep pow.

Monte Johnston

Guide, Editor in Chief

Monte’s a full-time Skiing, Mountaineering & Climbing Guide based in Squamish, BC. After graduating university with an engineering degree he found he wasn’t satisfied only chasing his passion for the mountains on weekends or in the evenings. This led him away from working behind a desk into a life of guiding, avalanche forecasting and movie/film safety work. Monte has since climbed and skied all over the world including Patagonia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Oman, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Japan. Of course he’s also visited numerous areas closer to home like Bella Coola, Bugaboos, Rockies, Rogers Pass, Alaska, Yukon, Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Zion, Joshua Tree, Index, Yosemite, etc.

In addition to Guiding, Monte’s an avid gear junkie. He simply loves testing the limits of new gear, apparel and equipment for various articles and reviews though mainly for Black Sheep’s site.

ACMG
Canadian Avalanche Association