Elías de Andrés-Martos

Growing up in a multigeneration family of blacksmiths in Spain, taught me values I carry today when venturing up the mountains around the globe. A dedicated teenagerhood to Track & Field (I can say I did OK if getting college paid for by chasing others around a track counts) added a physical gain that would pay back as I initiated myself in the world of climbing; nothing like learning to embrace the pains and suffering of exertion. Immersed in conflict about my future, I decided to jump the Atlantic from Europe to pursue my 2 true passions: mountain climbing and my American girlfriend, now wife (and number 1 climbing partner) of nearly 20 years.

I’ve been guiding and instructing in the USA for 15 laps around the sun, and I strive to be a mentor (not just your vacation provider) for my climbing guests in what I hope is a long trajectory of well-thought-out mountain objectives, achieved through a logical progression; you don’t want to be the guy who learns cramponing at Everest Base Camp, do you? Ice climbing is the discipline I’m the most passionate about (rock climbing in the sun isn’t bad, but nothing beats escalating a frozen waterfall, and I can’t really ski, so…) Putting ice & rock skills to work together on a big mountain is the ultimate for me, and what I’ll try to convince you to do if we cross paths!!!

Over the last 25 years, I’ve climbed on ranges from the Alps to the Andes, or from the Himalaya to Alaska (where nearly 40 expeditions into the peaks of the Central AK Range make these mountains my favorite in the world, closely followed by a decade of exploration in Nepal.) I call the enchanted small town of Ouray, CO my home, where besides being an ice, rock, and mountaineering instructor, I live, play, and train when not in a tent somewhere remote and nearly hypoxic. 

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