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.

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