Clint... Go for it. I'd heard a lot about guiding, like you have to babysit people etc, haul people up hills and get crap pay but its really what you make it. The pay thing is up to you, if you are good and work for a decent outfit, they'll pay you well, cause they want pros... and clients are willing to pay for a good leader. The real money in guiding too is in tips and other benefits. You'll meet amazing people, you'll climb with good climbers who want to get better and if you have novices then you'll train them, so they'll be good, right. Hard to beat the feeling of climbing with a great team that have their shit together and are all dialed in with the same techniques & systems. As far as babysitting, if you end up with either of the AAI's (funny how they share the same initials;) you'll have some kick-ass clients, people who often are leaders in their fields, business people, soldiers, pilots, judges, academics and just regular folks too so there's a good mix. If they are smart they'll learn very fast, if not you'll get to test your smarts teaching them... no bad students right, just bad teachers.
And just refuse to babysit - lead with authority and respect and your team will work hard. If you want all year around work - it's there. The only real negative for me was being away a lot... but it's OK for a few years.
You'll get a few jackass clients but that's life, and you'll end up having to help the NPS with work here and there. But shit... think of all the benefits. A bad day on the mountain is better than most good days in the office
And that Todd guy - he's not so bad;) Just a nice guy trying his best to make a living out of climbing... and doing a real good job of it.
Anyhow hope there's some food for thought. It's all how you look at it right!
EMT-B - good way to go. WFR OK too. or get both, you'll use them that's for sure.