The Adventure

Canadian Adventure Racer finds new Adventures at CMH Bugaboo Lodge

Posted by Jane Carswell on Wed, Sep 01, 2010

By Lianne Marquis

Katrina Rosen, Shop Manager, CMH Bugaboo LodgeI had the pleasure to spend some time with Katrina Rosen in the Bugaboo Lodge this past July.  Katrina is the Shop Manager for the Heli-Hiking season in "The Bugs", and she was one of the few new staff that we hired this summer season.

I was curious “What’s it like to be one of the newbie’s?”  It’s been a long time since I was in her shoes!

LM: How did Katrina, a flat-lander from Manitoba find her way into the Bugaboo lodge this summer?

KR: The mountains have been calling my husband and I for a long time. I love Manitoba and the Canadian Shield near by. The paddling is extraordinary and I doubt you can find such amazing backcountry lakes anywhere else. But it was time for a new playground, a new area to explore and discover.

LM:  Did you know that between the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo lodges, we only hired 5 new staff this summer?  What is your background in retail that qualified you to be the Bugaboo Shop Manager?

KR: I was very lucky that there was an opening at the Bugaboo lodge and I think about that every morning when I look up at the spires on my walk to work.

I have been working in outdoor retail for 14 years now and absolutely love it. If I can just be a small part of the excitement that goes into someone’s preparation of a great trip or adventure, I am very happy. I am very passionate about the outdoors and my enthusiasm and love of gear has definitely helped me to be a test rat so that I can pass on my knowledge of what works and what does not onto the guest.

There is nothing I love more than hearing the guests stories after they have come back from an amazing day.

LM:  What has impressed you the most since arriving in the Bugaboos and working for CMH?

KR: I was absolutely impressed with the organization of this company. I did my research before I applied for the job since I don’t think that I can ever work for a company that does not care about our environment, but I was blown away how amazing of a job CMH does in this regard. Everything is thought of from recycling, composting, energy, waste treatment and fuel consumption.

LM:  Have you had the opportunity to get out heli hiking so far?

KR: OH Yes! It is a huge perk to working here! The Bugaboo area is huge and I haven’t even skimmed the surface. I want to go beyond the next ridge, over the pass or further down the valley.  The helicopter allows you to see so much in one day but I always want more. There is no such thing as a bad day at the Bugaboos.

LM: I’m sure you must feel like you have the BEST JOB with CMH. Don’t we all!  What’s the best part of being the shop manager?

KR: I do, I love my job! The best part is being able to talk so much with the guests and getting to know them. If I don’t get out in the helicopter, then I still have amazing day mountain biking or hiking around the lodge. There is so much to do here!

LM: What are you selling in the shop this summer?

KR: I sell lots of maps of the area, plenty of T-shirts and technical clothes that help to keep the moisture moving. We have not been selling too many rain jackets because the weather has just been too amazing!

I sell lots of batteries and memory cards for guests cameras because they are in over use.

LM: Katrina the adventure racer… I’m sure you have so many incredible stories during your racing days! Are there any that you’d like to share?

KR: Adventure Racing has given me an opportunity to travel the world and see parts of it that is rarely seen by the common tourist. My team and I photographed a waterfall so deep into Patagonia Chili that it is believed that no other human has ever seen it.  I think CMH gives something similar to the guests here as well. It is a special moment to go into the helicopter and explore a new area. Just yesterday we came stumbling across a huge rock that sparkled like diamonds. The guides had not seen it before!!

The world is here, let us play in it.

What a perfect position for Katrina, it has her name written all over it! Welcome to the team and I hope to see you working for us this winter season!!!

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