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Mountain Safety

Global Mountain Solutions operate in the world's most challenging environments, where careful planning, hard work and innovative problem solving achieve success for industrial clients. GMS's reputation is built on demanding mountain projects completed on time and on budget. We not only keep people and equipment safe but we add to the operational efficiency of your program. If you need to complete work in difficult, remote, or mountainous terrain, GMS can incorporate our Difficult Terrain Safety Services into your operations easily in order to complete work safely and efficiently.

At GMS we offer the following Mountain Safety Services:

  • Terrain and Risk Assessments
  • Facilitated Access
  • Seismic Mountaineering Services
  • Field Operation Services
  • Helicopter Long-Line Rescue
  • Ground Based Rescue

GMS is dedicated specifically to providing difficult terrain management expertise to industry. Our staff meld the knowledge and experiences through a variety of international rope access, mountain rescue, professional mountain guiding and risk management organizations including the following:

  • International Federation Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA)
  • International Mountain Rescue Association (IKAR)
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Industrial Rope Access Trades Association (IRATA)
  • Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT)
  • Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
  • Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA)
  • Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC)

GMS is COR certified and we are also members of industrial HSE third party groups ISNET, PICS, CanQual. We hold ten million dollar liability and errors/omissions insurance. Additionally, we are members of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) and the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC) for our work within the Geophysical Seismic Industry.


GMS Technicians

Global Mountain Solutions has a proven international track record and continues to set the highest standards for comprehensive training programs, professional certification, industry professionalism and client services. Managing risk and solving problems in difficult and mountainous terrain is our business. Each GMS technician hold a current minimum 80-hour first aid certification as well as in-house recurrent mountain, rescue, and helicopter training. All GMS Technicians hold certification through a variety of professional mountain guiding and risk management organizations as mentioned above.

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Our Mountain Safety Operations Managers have different experiences, specialities, and certifications that diversify our team’s capabilities and strengths.  

Ben Firth B.Sc, IFMGA, SPRAT 3, HEC Instructor, CAA, Operations Director

Ben has over 18 years of experience managing difficult terrained projects globally to ensure projects are completed safely and efficiently. He is a IFMGA Mountain Guide, SPRAT 3 Rope Access Technician and Helicopter longline rescue instructor. He also has a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. Ben was also awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Lifesaving Award in 2011.   

Marc Ledwidge  IFMGA, ACMG, HEC Program Manager

Marc is an IFMGA certified mountain guide with 30 years of experience in professional mountain rescue and safety with Parks Canada. He is a Canadian subject matter expert in the field of helicopter rescue and Class D (HETS) operations. He spent 14 years as the Canadian delegate to the International Commission for Alpine rescue with the last five as vice-president of the Air Rescue Commission. He currently is serving as the President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

Jeff Relph IFMGA, SPRAT 3, CAA, Operations Manager

Jeff has been a professional in Mountain Safety and risk management since 2000 working in both the industrial and recreation/tourism sectors. His professional and personal mountain experience is vast and has taken him to many mountain ranges both in North America and abroad. He has extensive experience in mountain safety for seismic operations and other industrial applications, and has been active and current in helicopter long line rescue operations for over a decade.

Graham Tutt ACMG, HEC Instructor, CAA, Operations Manager

Graham has close to two decades of operational project management experience on many difficult/remote terrained projects, all over the globe. Graham brings a wide skill set to GMS, he is an ACMG guide, Helicopter pilot, CAA avalanche professional and Helicopter sling rescue instructor.

Tim Ricci ACMG, CAA Level 3, Operations Manager

Tim has dedicated the past 16 years of his life to becoming a well rounded Mountain Rescue technician. Experiences within avalanche forecasting, helicopter longline rescue, ground based rescue, and seismic surveying projects have equipped Tim with the skills and knowledge to run projects as smoothly as possible always keeping safety as the number one priority.