A guiding light

A guiding light

FLC graduate combines passion for the outdoors and business
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From a vantage point on Mount Rainier, Josh Kling’s camp looks across a sea of clouds to the region’s other big peaks. They are, from left, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and Mount St. Helens. Kling has used his degree from Fort Lewis College and love of mountaineering into a mountain guiding business, collaborations with other local companies and teaching at San Juan College in Farmington and the Silverton Avalanche School.
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One of Josh Kling’s favorite regional trips is skiing Kendall Mountain near Silverton. “They (high school friends) think I’m living the dream. They don’t see the blood sweat and tears. The just see the pictures of me on Facebook skiing some big line.”
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Josh Kling teaches 12 avalanche classes a year from Silverton to Vail to Washington state.
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Avalanche instruction includes snowpack analysis ascertained from a snow pit.
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Josh Kling gets ready to ski the DOA Couloir in Canada last week as part of a ski guide mountaineering course.
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