What does it mean to mentor someone?

Mentorship is a form of education with distinct differences from guiding, teaching, or coaching. Mentorship is a holistic, intimate, multi-directional and trusting partnership founded on mutual respect between mentor and mentee.

A successful mentoring relationship spans much more than your ability to pass along technical skills. As a mentor, you have the opportunity to create a meaningful and enriching connection with another aspiring mountain athlete, while also sharing your expertise in the backcountry.

am i the right fit to be a mentor?

A mentor is a passionate and experienced woman who is interested in sharing her expertise with another aspiring female mountain athlete. 

The most important qualities of a successful mentor are a willingness to share, a desire to see the female outdoors community grow, and dedication to reaching shared goals with her mentee. An ideal mentor should also:

  • Have multiple years of experience in their respective alpine sport. This does not mean you have to be a professional guide, athlete, or teacher, but that you are immersed in the outdoors community. 
  • Hold mentees accountable to shared goals which are developed between the two of you at the initial meeting. Give candid, honest, and diplomatic guidance and mentorship in pursuit of these goals. 
  • Be able to commit to at least one mentorship session per month for the duration of the season. If your schedule is more erratic, please reach out, as we often have mentees with inconsistent availabilities. 

Still not sure if you're a good fit? Email info@mountainmentors.org with your questions!

what are the benefits of being a mentor?

Mentoring isn’t a one-way street, with benefits that only apply to mentees. As a mentor, you have the opportunity to create a meaningful and enriching connection with another aspiring mountain athlete. Many women who participate in our program gain an adventure buddy, a friend, and sometimes even a teacher in their mentee.

Almost any backcountry enthusiast can recall a mentor figure in their life who took them under their wing and showed them the ropes. In turn, by becoming a mentor, you have the chance to give that same opportunity to another woman to advance her skills in the backcountry and give back to your community.

All this to say, we also recognize that being a mentor requires time and effort. We are proud to be able to offer our mentors some amazing benefits in partnership with Escape Route, Arc'teryx, Altus Mountain Guides, and Chilko Basecamps - our official Mentor Sponsors. Benefits to mentors include shop and gear discounts, access to Escape Route's Pro Night and other industry networking opportunities.

what sort of commitment is required of me as a mentor?

We ask that mentors be able to commit to at least one mentorship session per month for the duration of the season. In addition, attendance to our Kickoff Mingler is required, and there are a number of other opportunities to attend community events for mentorship pairs and program alumni throughout the season.

It takes time, energy, and effort to connect and build a lasting relationship with your mentee. Overall, we simply wish for you to honour and value this opportunity by putting as much effort as possible into developing your relationship.

HOW CAN I APPLY TO BE A MENTOR?

Our Winter 2018 Mentor Applications are now closed. Thanks to all who applied! We will notify you ASAP on the status of your application. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@mountainmentors.org.