Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Iain Stewart-Patterson

Iain Stewart-Patterson

Iain Stewart-Patterson

Name: Dr Iain Stewart-Patterson
Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 250 828-5184


Iain has been an instructor in the Adventure Studies Department since 1992 and has been involved in Adventure Education since 1979. He spent ten years working for Outward Bound Western Canada. He is a fully certified mountain guide and has worked for: Coast Range Heliskiing, Canadian Mountain Holidays, Mike Wiegele Heliskiing, Northern Escape Heliskiing and Yamnuska Adventures. His current research interest focuses on the human factors which effect expert decision makers.

Research Interests

PhD Dissertation The Role of Intuition in the Decision Process of Canadian Ski Guides
Ice Screw Strength: An analysis of the optimum placement angle in Waterfall Ice.
Decision-making in the Mountain Environment: A study of best practices in the training of decision making in mountain guide/leadership programs in France, Canada, Britain and the USA.
Shock loading in belay anchor partial failure.


BPE (major Outdoor Pursuits) University of Calgary
MEd (Curriculum and Instruction) University of Calgary
PhD University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Intuition in the Decision process of Canadian Ski Guides, International Snow Science Workshop Conference Proceedings, Whistler, BC. September 2008
Developing Good Decisions, The Avalanche Review, Winter 2005
Guiding decisions Are we as good as we think we are? ACMG News, Dec 2004
Decision Making in the Mountain Environment Observations on how mountain guides are trained and assessed in decision making skills, International Snow Science Workshop Conference Proceedings, Sept 2004
Climbing Rescue Systems, Proceedings of the 15th Annual ICORE 2001, Eds. Joyce P. and Poff R., Association of Outdoor Education and Recreation, Bloomington IL. pp. 12-15, 2001
Climbing to the Top of the Heap.(With W. March) Catalyst. Vol.3 No.4 February 1990.
Peer reviewer for Wilderness Medical Society journal ??? Wilderness and Environmental Medicine

Courses Taught

Culture of Adventure
Contemporary Perspectives in Adventure
Field Research
Adventure Leadership
Expedition Planning
Instructional Skills
Rock Climbing
Ice Climbing
Avalanche Safety
Ski Touring

Professional Affiliations

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides: Full Mountain Guide (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations designation IFMGA/UIAGM); Professional member; Instructor/Examiner
Canadian Avalanche Association: Professional member; Applied Avalanche Risk management Level 3; Course Leader Avalanche Safety Level 1
Wilderness Medical Associates: Wilderness First Responder
Facilitator Development Workshop Douglas College