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.


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

IFMGA Mountain Guide, Editor in Chief

Monte’s a ACMG / IFMGA Mountain Guide that works full-time skiing, mountaineering & climbing from his home base 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 and has a passion for travel, always researching that next adventure. Past trips have included Patagonia, Kenya, 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. He’s currently planning some ski trips to India and Russia and a climbing trip to China.

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.

Nic Vissers

Editor / Second In Command

Nic Vissers is a BC boy and totally obsessed gear head. A technical expert when it comes to gear, Nic can found projecting sport climbs just north of Squamish, or down in Yosemite heading up BigWalls when he isn’t on the Chief climbing. Nic is also a passionate photographer, an avid climber & alpinist and a lifelong skier. Nic started climbing indoors at the age of 16 and after a few months visited Squamish for the first time. He was hooked. The summer after high school he moved into his truck and dedicated himself fully to rock climbing and started working at climbing gyms. He now takes every opportunity he can to get into the mountains.

Canadian Avalanche Association