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A little bit about me

I am a first generation American with parents from Ecuador and Austria. I started skiing at an early age; alpine ski raced and eventually was drafted in the US Army. I was stationed at the Armed Forces Recreation Center and served as a ski guide & patrolman in Garmisch, Germany. After being discharged I stayed in Garmisch for another 4 years and was introduced to alpinism, climbing, ski mountaineering, kayaking & Nordic skiing. I honed these skills under the mentorship of some of the top alpinists of the era and region.

It was in Europe and exposure to the way of the mountains that I realized my true calling in life; a seed was planted to pursue the career of a mountain guide. Subsequently I started a trekking business organizing and guiding Europeans to various mountain ranges in North America. I did this for 18 years working with the German Alpine Club.

After 40 years of climbing and ski mountaineering I dream of being in the vertical world every day, to explore new places and sharing them with others.

Perhaps the most important accomplishment in my life is having raised two wonderful daughters and now two granddaughters. It is a joy to now share the way of the mountains with them and take them climbing & skiing.

In pursuit of living the dream, my wife Natasha and I spend winters in Ketchum, Idaho and the climbing season in the “Range of Light” in the Eastern Sierra.

Why I love what I do

Guiding people safely and sharing the outdoors with others is what I was meant to do in life.  It comes natural, I am a people person and I gain a great deal of personal satisfaction.

I have built on years of experience, training, & knowledge to successfully guide people on new terrain, be it hiking, biking, climbing or skiing.

I especially enjoy exploring what a dream trip would be for our clientele. Then organize the details with the goal of exceeding the wildest dream, to create the trip of a lifetime.

It is really great to spend time together on a mountain peak, to be challenged, learn new things, protect the environment and of course find those really special secret spots.

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