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Carla Aldinger

Carla was born and raised on a farm in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Her rural childhood taught Carla much about the care of animals and the land and gave her a deep appreciation for wildlife. Due to the farm’s remote location, animals such as elk, deer and bear found safe haven on the property for feeding and birthing their young.

As a young adult, Carla felt the need to explore city life, prompting a move to Alberta where she earned a degree in Art History from the University of Calgary. Though not the most marketable degree, Carla’s studies taught her much about Canadian, European and Southeast Asian culture through the eyes of artists. She was eventually drawn back to her rural roots, however, and pursued a degree in horticulture that led to a job in Canada’s largest reforestation nursery in the Kootenays.

Carla loves being active in the outdoors. In 2005, she was hired as a ski guide by the longest-running cat-skiing operation in the world, and since then, she has taken hundreds of people in the B.C. backcountry. During the warmer months, she guided road bike trips in France, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, as well as hiking trips in the Selkirk and Purcell mountains of B.C.

Carla is a member of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). Her professional CAA certification includes training in avalanche behavior, mountain weather, snow science and avalanche rescue. Carla has taught numerous avalanche skills training courses to backcountry enthusiasts.

Travel is a large part of Carla’s life. Her adventures include horseback riding through Uruguay, skiing in Japan, Argentina and the Haute Route in France/Switzerland, extensive cycling tours through Northern and Western Europe, and hiking in Nepal, Hawaii, Mexico, the Marquesas Islands and Australia. Carla also enjoys mountain and road biking, stand-up paddle boarding, riding her horse, birdwatching, wildlife viewing and cooking delicious meals made with organic produce from her garden.

Upcoming Adventures with Carla:
Polar Bears of Churchill

Praise from Nat Hab travelers:

R. Keithley
“Carla was extremely well prepared and very attentive to all our questions and needs. She was endlessly patient in helping us enjoy the trip to the fullest. Carla was very knowledgeable and was an excellent guide. Our group was very lucky to be guided and cared for by her.”

S. Disch
“Carla went out of her way to make certain that everyone was comfortable. She went above and beyond what would be expected of any guide. She is also a very warm person, which made her easily approachable. As an Expedition Leader, Carla is first rate!”

G. Stewart
“Carla was extremely personable and everyone easily got along with her. She was very helpful in managing the group and answering all of our questions throughout the trip. Her knowledge of bear biology was impressive, and I loved learning about wildlife from her.”

S. Graumlich
“Carla is warm, generous and quite engaging. She also is interested in a variety of topics, and she happily shared her wealth of information with the group. Carla is a wonderful Expedition Leader for Nat Hab, and we loved having her on our trip!”

C. Aldinger
"In all of our years of travel, we have never had a guide as knowledgeable and enjoyable as Carla. Carla is amazingly brilliant—all we can say is WOW!"
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