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OUR MOUNTAIN GUIDES AND ORGANISERS

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Octavio

Octavio was born in Argentina, moved to Toulouse in France to study and promptly fell in love with the Alps. In 1995 he settled in the Chamonix valley, devoting himself to mountain life.

Subsequently Octavio completed the French Mountain Guide qualification. Octavio has over 20 years of experience traveling around the World’s Mountains, either as an amateur or a professional, in skiing, climbing or biking expeditions. He has always focused on discovering the remotest and wildest corners of the globe. Octavio has been working as a full time mountain guide since 2003. Octavio escapes from home as soon as the snow arrives to find the best powder to ski.

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Ma√ęl

Maël was born Grenoble, France.  

Growing up with snowy peaks in full view from both the home & the class room windows, his relationship with the mountains developed from a very young age.

Maël spent most of his younger years climbing, mountaineering & skiing in this natural playground, until qualifying as a UIAGM mountain guide in 2015,  allowing him to share his passion on a daily basis with his clients. The dream job!

His enthusiasm for mountain sports & wingsuiting has taken him around the world to New Zealand, Canada, USA, China, Pakistan, Népal, Bolivia, Perou, Ecuador & Morocco. 

 

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Sara

Sara is woman of many skills;  A UIAGM qualified mountain guide, trekking guide, skilled musician & pharmacist - all in one!

Growing up in Nice, Sara's passion for the mountains developed as a result of spending most of her holidays & free time skiing climbing & hiking in the southern Alps.

When she moved to Chamonix to work in a pharmacy she discovered the high alps & quickly became an expert alpine climber, ice climber & skier. She then passed her Trekking guide diploma (IML), swiftly followed by her UIAGM Mountain Guide qualification a few years later.

Sara's infectious smile & energy ensure that all of her clients leave the mountains having had an unforgetable experience. Guiding you over rock, snow & ice, she may even play the flute for you too! 

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Sebastien

Sebastien was brought up in the Pyrenees, where he discovered climbing & mountaineering. After passing his ski & snowboard instructor exams in 2000, Sebastien became qualified as a UIAGM mountain guide in 2007. 

Sebastien spends all of his time climbing and being in the mountains with his friends, & loves discovering new places worldwide. He has climbed & guided in Spain, Morocco, Kenya, Kirghizstan, Nepal, California, the USA & Argentina.

Notoriously always in good humor, he loves to share fun stories with his friends & clients, & never fails to make you laugh while you are in his company. Although an extremly concientious & professional guide , Sebastien is without any doubt, the cheeky chappy of the team!

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Martin

For Martin life means adventure and good humour

He arrived from Pyrenees in Spain to Chamonix a few years ago to be instructed by the french mountain guide school and he has already the most difficult north face routes in his pocket. He climbs the same way as he works, with passion, and he always tries to do things better and encourage people around him. He likes to share his experience and to give advices about how to improve and move with efficiency in the mountains.  He is always motivated to discover new areas or to climb new routes. There is no doubt, Martin is a fun companion for all: to drink a coffee go to the mountains with. 

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Eric

Eric was born & raised in Briançon in the French Haute Alps, so started his adventures in the mountains at a very young age. By age 3 he was skiing & by age 16 he had discovered alpine climbing & ice climbing in the high mountains.

Eric later joined the PGHM mountain rescue service, where he worked for 5 years before qualifying as a UIAGM guide in 2015.

His passion for the mountains has naturally lead him to travel the world, leading expeditions in the USA, Canada & the Himalayas, & putting in many impressive first ascents in the French Alps, a little closer to home.

When he's not guiding, skiing or climbing with friends, Eric can be found surfing or skydiving. A bit of an all round action man really!

 

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Yves

Yves was born in Normandy, grew up in Paris, & has lived in the Chamonix valley for over 20 years. He has been a UIAGM-qualified guide for over 12 years. Like many guides, he has done many north face ascents and climbing expeditions, but his favorite activity in the mountains is ski touring and off-piste skiing - the steeper the better! 

He boasts a vast knowledge of off piste itineraries around the Mont Blanc range & Aiguille Rouge, but also in Italy & Switzerland. His passion for the outdoor is however not limited to the mountains. Yves is also an experienced sailor, & in 2004 successfully completed a solo Atlantic crossing.

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Pete

Pete is an American UIAGM qualified mountain guide who grew up in rural central New York State. He started hiking, backpacking & skiing at the age of 14. He fell in love with rock climbing & mountaineering when he was in university. After graduation he moved to Boulder, Colorado, & continued to climb & ski as much as possible.

Pete moved to France in 2003 and became the second American to attain guide certification in the French system. Pete loves to share his passion of the mountains. He is accomplished in all aspects of mountaineering; skiing, ski touring, winter climbing, bouldering & rock climbing. He is now living on the other side of the Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy, with his wife & little daughter Maelle.

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Olivier

Originally from Grenoble, Olivier moved to Chamonix after first spending time in both Nice & Paris, where he attained a degree in philosophy. He has explored many of the worlds iconic mountaineering locations, but particularly fell in love with the Mt Blanc massif here in Chamonix. He has climbed both as amateur & professional for many years, & thrives on the often harsh & unforgiving but ultimately exhilerating nature of the high mountains.

Olivier sees his occupation as a mountain guide, not only as a job, but a privilage.  With each new mountain experience, he strives to ensure his clients gain a deeper undertanding of the fragile balance between nature & adventure.

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Jerome

Jerome was born & raised in the states before migrating to Bordeaux at the age of 10 years. With an early taste for adventure, he quickly understood how vast & varied the world was, motivating him to travel around the globe in search of remote mountains & walls to climb. Jerome became a fully qualified UIAGM guide 2015, but has many years of experience in the high mountains, spending time in Alaska, India & Patagonia.

With a thirst for verticality in both directions, mountaineering & skiing for Jerome is just as much bout pushing your personal limits as it is about sharing the experience & friendships you gain with others along the way.

More unusually, he has recently confessed to us that he is also an accomplished accordion player & red wine connoisseur. Well, he is an adopted Frenchie after all!

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Raphael

Raphael has been climbing for 17 years, & always dreamed of working & living in the mountains form being a young boy.

He has been working as a mountain guide for over 7 years in the Chamonix valley & loves ice climbing & skiing, enjoying the descent just as much as the climb.

Raphael is also a keen surfer & qualified mountain bike instructor & when he is not in the mountains or with his family, you will find him riding the steep Chamonix Mountains.

 

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Blanka

Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Blanka travelled the world before arriving in Chamonix in 2003. It was the passion for climbing that drove her to this town. Rock climber, skier and occasional horse rider, diver and surfer with love for the mountains and nature. After finishing her late studies in Natural Sciences in 2014, started to work at the Chamonix Experience office. 

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Lucy

Lucy is the newest member of the Chamex family & our honorary “Roast Beef” originally hailing from the UK.

Her passion for freeride skiing, climbing & the drama of the mountains bought her to Chamonix some 11 years ago & she now cant imagine living anywhere else. With her great local knowledge & over 15 years of experience working in the outdoor travel industry, she is the perfect person to help coordinate the daily operation & development of our energetic & ambitious company.

If she’s not shredding the powder on her skis or snowboard somewhere in the valley, she can be found hiking in the mountains with her beloved rescue dog Gertie.