As Mother Lode’s resident Canuck, Christie is bringing that “true north, strong and free” motto to life in northern California. After a very suburban childhood on the eastern seaboard, she spent her college years exploring the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. A yearning for bigger and better lead her west to Colorado, BC, and now the Sierra Nevadas which she calls home. “Gold country and the river community are an authentic blend of history, honest folk living simply, and true enjoyment of the natural environment. Their culture of constantly celebrating a rich natural life is palpable. I love it!” Having visited every state in the continental US, her most memorable adventure was being caught above tree line in lightning storm on the highest peak in New Mexico. While that was quite an electric experience, she prefers the warm glow of friends around a campfire, sun on her skin and cookies in the oven. When not guiding Christie enjoys gardening, road trips around North America, training for triathlons, learning to kayak, winters spent skiing in Tahoe, and trying to master the art of high altitude baking.