Sarah Hueniken has been a leading Canadian mixed climber for the past few years with big sends of hard routes in North America. While she has pushed herself on bigger international peaks, like the 5,965- metre Shachun in China, her hard M sends and podium tops are a seasonal happening. She was the first North American woman to send M11, M12, M13 and M14 with the fourth ascent of Mustang P- 51 in Colorado. When not pushing mixed climbing, Hueniken works as an acmg alpine guide. deep canyons, the long ice climbs with big, steep, rock walls lining them, and the variety and uniqueness of the climbs that form there.
have you learned from guiding over the past decade? I think guiding continues to give me a healthy respect for the mountains. As a guide you end up spending a lot of days in real environments. You watch the weather, you chase conditions and you constantly strive for a safe, fun and eff icient day. All of that time and experience continually reminds me that things change constantly and we, as travellers in the mountains, need to always stay adaptable and make moment-to-moment decisions. I also feel an increased responsibility to preserve our environment and tread as lightly as possible, so that future generations can enjoy them as we have.