Alpine Journey

Ferdl Taxbock is a man of many tal­ents and sev­eral trades. A native of Aus­tria, he became an agri­cul­tural tech­ni­cian, embrac­ing the finer tech­niques of plow­ing fields, har­vest­ing crops, rais­ing live­stock and plant­ing trees. As a geol­o­gist he trav­elled to remote sites as far north as Ellesmere Island, and he’s a life-long mem­ber of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Engi­neers, Geol­o­gists and Geo­physi­cists of Alberta. But cen­tral to his core, Ferdl Taxbock has always been a climber. As a bold young man he climbed at the high­est grades of dif­fi­culty in Italy’s Dolomites and made a first win­ter ascent in the Swiss Alps. In Alberta’s Rock­ies he made the first ascent of The Fold with Rudi Kranabitter.

A mem­ber of Austria’s guid­ing asso­ci­a­tion since 1966/67, and an ACMG mem­ber since 1968, Ferdl guided glaciol­o­gist Ger­ald Holdsworth to tri­an­gu­late the pre­cise height of Canada’s high­est peak, Mount Logan. Work­ing for Hans Gmoser’s Cana­dian Moun­tain Hol­i­days he guided climbers in B.C.’s Buga­boos and up the Cana­dian Rock­ies’ high­est, Mount Rob­son. With Kran­abit­ter he guided a group to North America’s high­est sum­mit, Alaska’s Denali. And for many years Ferdl has guided guests of the Alpine Club of Canada’s Gen­eral Moun­taineer­ing Camp and of the camp he helped cre­ate, the ACC’s 55 Plus Camp.

An ener­getic hus­band, father and grand­fa­ther, Ferdl Taxbock delights in shar­ing his skills and enthu­si­asm for the moun­tains, traits which made him the ideal Patron of the 2012 Moun­tain Guides Ball.

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