Christian Santelices believes that experiencing nature first hand has the power to transform people’s lives. As a fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide his twenty plus year career has been dedicated to helping facilitate this process. During the summer months you’ll find him working in the Tetons as Co-Chief guide for Exum Mountain Guides. The rest of the year he teaches avalanche courses for the American Avalanche Institute, ski guides, and leads custom adventures and corporate community building retreats worldwide through his guiding company Aerial Boundaries. Christian has made notable first ascents of big walls in Patagonia and numerous first ascents in the Sierra Nevada, California. With three friends he did the first (and only) ascent of twenty of Steck and Roper’s “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America” in a single twenty-day enchainment. As a guide, Santelices has led numerous expeditions to Patagonia, Aconcogua, Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the Alps of Switzerland, Italy and France, South Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia, the Pyrenees of Spain, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Fiji, Alaska, and México.

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