Educated as a geologist and with a career in natural history, Ben Gadd has lived in or near the Rocky Mountains all his life and is one of the Canadian Rockies’ most respected naturalists. Ben is a four-time Banff Film Festival award-winner and his work has appeared in numerous National Geographic publications. Ben is well-known for a highly detailed and acclaimed book he wrote, Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, which covers everything from geology and entomology to wildflowers and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. These days, Ben is a freelance interpretive guide and lecturer in Jasper and Banff National Park. A past director of the Alberta Wilderness Association, Ben directs the non-profit Jasper Institute, which offers natural history courses. He also serves on the board of Friends of Jasper National Park. Ben and his wife, Cia, natives of the United States, have been living in Canada for the majority of their lives, mostly in Jasper and currently in Canmore. Their son Will, world-renowned in the climbing arena and a 2014-2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, was raised in Jasper. Ben will join the group on Day 6 in Banff National Park.