Shelby Canterbury

    Shelby Canterbury

    Guide: Washington

    Shelby was born and spent a large portion of his life in Jupiter, Florida. He grew up freediving and surfing in the ocean and was certified to scuba dive by age 12. As an adult, Shelby moved to Kalispell Montana and worked on a trail maintenance crew in NW Montana and Northern Idaho. He moved to Seattle, Washington in 2020 to pursue a degree in Education and English Language Arts while working on his technical skills as a climber. When not in the mountains, he can be found riding his Surly bike all around town.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon

    Most beloved book?
    The Teachings of Don Juan (series) by Carlos Castañeda

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Kind bars, tuna packets, and a sandwich I made a few days ago

    In another life, I’d…
    Work as a wildland firefighter

    When you’re not guiding?
    I am swimming in a body of water, shooting film on my Leica, reading books, admiring trees, and watching birds.

    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Rainier
    Glacier Peak
    Mt. Olympus
    Washington Pass – Beckey Route
    Castle Rock – Saber Route


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    AIARE Avalanche Level 1
    Leave No Trace Trainer


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