Hello. I am curious about what most hikers/climbers would look for in a climbing guide that worth them paying the money and entrust their lives to.
Do you first and foremost look at their qualification (NOLS? Outward Bounds? WEA? AMGA? IFMGA)?
Would you be more confident under the guidance of someone who has a glittering mountaineering career (e.g. climber of 14 8000ers) or a local master who's been guiding for 20 years?
Just what specific qualities would you look for in a guide? Or just what do you expect from them?
These are just some suggestions, feel free to add your voice. Especially those who had been guided or work with climbing guides.