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BRENDAN BURNS

Hometown: Westwood, NJ , USA
Currently resides: Jackson, WY, USA
Guides for: Exum Mountain Guides, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Alpine Guides, Pulseline Adventures, and Burns Guiding
Current Sponsors: Jones Snowboards, Arva, Tailgate Industries
Bindings: Arc Pro and Dyno DH

Based in Jackson,WY in the heart of the Teton Mountain Range, Brendan enjoys amazing access to diverse world-class splitboarding terrain. Winters will find Brendan guiding skiers and snowboarders throughout the Tetons and the Rocky Mountain West. He also runs custom trips to the Alps, Japan, British Columbia, and Alaska. During summers he works as an Exum Mountain Guide leading climbing and mountaineering trips in the Tetons, Wind River Mountains and surrounding rock climbing crags. Spring and fall are a time for Brendan to get out and explore mountain ranges around the world, as well as to pursue his other passions of mountain biking and surfing.

Q & A

How long have you been guiding?

Sixteen years!

 

Who has most influenced you as a guide and how?

Most Influential towards guiding: I suppose that Craig Kelly would be the one who really lit the fire to make me want to be a guide. He was going through his certs and unfortunately died while doing so. He opened the door for a lot of us. I made a promise to myself that I would work as hard as I could to prove that guides working on snowboards are just as proficient as our fellow skiing guides. I also have immense respect for Jamie Weeks for his ultra-hard work ethic and dedication to snowboarding and guiding. He helped me to launch my guiding career and has encouraged me along the way, which I will be forever grateful for.

 

What certifications do you have?

AMGA Certified Splitboard Guide, AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

 

What are you most excited about for the 21/22 season?

I am once again looking forward to riding and guiding in the Tetons. The terrain is top-notch for splitboarding and we're blessed with ample amounts of Wyoming Cold Smoke powder. I recently revisited The Chugach range in AK to guide a fly-in base camp and I look forward to getting back there this upcoming spring. My son is stoked on riding powder too. So I foresee he, I, and my awesome wife having lots of fun this upcoming season!!

 

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

When it's howling wind on a ridgeline and my board is caked with ice and snow, my Sparks always go right on and I am ready to rip!

 

 

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