The Mountain Guide
About "The Mountain Guide"
"The Mountain Guide" is the guiding section of The School for Mountain Leadership, a company established to further mountaineering in South Africa. The company is owned and run by Rob Thomas (no, not the singer!). He has
been in the mountains ever since he can remember.
Rob grew up in Cape Town, spending his early years running around on the slopes of Devil's Peak before going to boarding school in Queenstown (Eastern Cape). In Queenstown the school was very lenient (in those days), allowing the boarders out onto the mountains unsupervised. Consequently he spent many weekends exploring the hills surrounding the town, occasionally getting into trouble and in the process learning to anticipate, avoid and solve problems.
In the 1980's South Africa still had compulsory military service for school leavers, giving Rob the opportunity to appreciate all that military life had to offer but sadly keeping him out of the mountains for a few years. After National Service he joined the army for a brief further stint before opting for civilian life.
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