First time I went to Europe in '78 one of the things that really impressed me was how entrenched alpinism was in the society of France and Switzerland. A Guide has the same respect in the community as a attorney or doctor here in the States. Similar in Canada but even more so because the societies know more about them and are exposed to the professional guides even more than they are in NA. Compare that to the position a guide has in the US.
Here is a classic example. Enjoy! I did ;) Your kids might as well ;)
Mark the Mountain Guide from Mark Seaton on Vimeo.