To promote and enable outdoor education and activity

Our Staff

Albi Sole, Executive Director

Albi Sole has been guiding since 1979 with eighteen of  those years spent at the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre programming avalanche awareness, ski touring and climbing courses for the public. Albi has an extensive resume including: writing the world's first waterfall ice climbing guide, first climbing ascents in Europe, North and  South America, and the Himalaya. Albi worked as a heli-ski guide for 13 years, guided groups to Aconcagua, Huascaran, and Denali, led two expeditions to  the Himalaya, and participanted in lightweight sieges of the West Ridge of Makalu and first ascent of the West Ridge of Everest from Tibet. In 2008 Albi completed an MSc. researching risk taking in avalanche terrain and in the same year helped found the Outdoor Council of Canada. Albi lives in Calgary and is married with three children aged 21-27

Franz Plangger, Curriculum Specialist

Franz's life path changed significantly upon participating in an outdoor expedition in 2001. Ever since then, he has been passionate about sharing the beauty of natural environments and the power of finding one's own potential. Franz completed a Bachelor's of Outdoor and Adventure Tourism in the beautifully scenic Saguenay/Lac Saint Jean region of Quebec and a Masters of Education, Leadership studies in the historical Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. He has spent more than a decade leading experiential education programs with organizations such as Outward Bound, NOLS, Class Afloat and Enviros Wilderness School. His journeys exposed him to many different environments, where he felt the power of the howling wind, saw rainbows painted on mountain sides, understood the lifesaving power of words and heard stories carried from generation to generation.

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