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“TO BE A GOOD ALPINIST, YOU HAVE TO REMAIN TRUE TO YOURSELF” – DAVID LAMA

We are IFMGA certified Mountain Guides with head office in Aosta Valley, close to the majestic Mont Blanc massif.

We offer professionalism and experience, with several years organizing outdoor activities in many regions, in Italy and Europe, for individual or groups.
As outdoor enthusiasts, we are connected by a strong relation with the mountains and with the unspoiled spaces of the wildest nature.
We love our work, which we carry out with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants and its territories.
The passion for exploration drives us to embark on memorable adventures and journeys, which we love to share with people who rely on us.
Safety is a key factor for us, an element of fundamental importance: we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines
(Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Hiking and Travels) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.
We offer expertise, training courses and technical knowledge essential to explore the mountains safely in any situation or conditions.
As Mountain Guides and professionals we are able to provide personalized advice and customized programs for every customers demand:
our experience is synonymous with professionalism and guarantee of unforgettable emotions, at high altitude and not only there!

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ELIS MARTIS
ELIS MARTIS
ELIS MARTIS

I was born in Magenta, near Milan, where I lived until I moved to Aosta, at the age of five. As a kid, my beloved mountain bike was my constant companion, for great adventures in open nartural spaces. My love for the mountains developed gradually, first with short hikes to mountain huts or lakes. Then came the peaks, and their unforgettable views sparkled my passion. Looking at the world from the top of a mountain you reached only with your strength gives you a great sense of freedom and inner balance. It is a feeling that I cannot do without any more. I love exploring and looking for new challenges and experiences to share with the people who trust me and ask me to accompany them as Guide. I have two children, twins, Gaia and Samuel. I hope, somehow, to pass on my passion for the mountains...

I was born in Magenta, near Milan, where I lived until I moved to Aosta, at the age of five. As a kid, my beloved mountain bike was my constant companion, for great adventures in open nartural spaces. My love for the mountains developed gradually, first with short hikes to mountain huts or lakes. Then came the peaks, and their unforgettable views sparkled my passion. Looking at the world from the top of a mountain you reached only with your strength gives you a great sense of freedom and inner balance. It is a feeling that I cannot do without any more. I love exploring and looking for new challenges and experiences to share with the people who trust me and ask me to accompany them as Guide. I have two children, twins, Gaia and Samuel. I hope, somehow, to pass on my passion for the mountains to them. I started Peakshunter Mountain Guides in 2015, after qualifying as a IFMGA Mountain Guide. It started as a website and a blog for publishing mountaineering photos, but with the input of my girlfriend Silvia and the support from friends and colleagues, it soon became the ambitious project of a close-knit team of guides specialising in alpine activities and outdoor adventures.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor
ANENA Instructor
AINEVA Instructor
Authorised operator of rope access and positioning systems for rope access work (basic module)
Authorised operator of rope access systems for aerial work in trees (Tree Climbing)

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Brouillard Ridge
Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge
Mont Blanc – Tournette Spur
Aiguille Noire de Peuterey – South Ridge
Grand Capucin – Svizzeri/O Sole Mio
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route)
Salbit – West Ridge
Dent Blanche – Wandflue Ridge
Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Dent d’Herens – Tiefenmatten Ridge
Grand Combin – Meitin Ridge
Mont Viso – Normal Way and Est Ridge

STEEP SKIING

Yeld peak
North face Aiguille du Midi
Couloir des Cosmiques Piramide Vincent
South Couloir Monte Rosa
Marinelli Couloir

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Trekking, hikes, routes fitted with cables and rock climbing in Sardinia Trekking in Patagonia (Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego)

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SILVIA PERGAMI
SILVIA PERGAMI

Born in Bergamo in 1975, I studied Architecture in Milan. Over the years, I have lived, studing and working, in Valencia, Florence, Ancona, Genoa and Bologna. In all those cities, I have loved the people, the culture, the art, the architecture, the landscapes, and the cuisine.
In 2005, I gave birth to Pietro, an event that changed my life. I resigned from my jobs at an architecture firm and at the Politecnico of Milan, where I was an assistant professor, before starting a new job at the Bergamo city council’s planning office. A late March day in 2013, brought another turning point. An off-piste descent in the Valle Perduta, in Aosta Valley, made me discover the world above the clouds… and meet Elis, who would become my companion in other excursions and adventures, before also...

Born in Bergamo in 1975, I studied Architecture in Milan. Over the years, I have lived, studing and working, in Valencia, Florence, Ancona, Genoa and Bologna. In all those cities, I have loved the people, the culture, the art, the architecture, the landscapes, and the cuisine.
In 2005, I gave birth to Pietro, an event that changed my life. I resigned from my jobs at an architecture firm and at the Politecnico of Milan, where I was an assistant professor, before starting a new job at the Bergamo city council’s planning office. A late March day in 2013, brought another turning point. An off-piste descent in the Valle Perduta, in Aosta Valley, made me discover the world above the clouds… and meet Elis, who would become my companion in other excursions and adventures, before also becoming my life partner.
Since 2010, we have been worked together at the Peakshunter Mountain Guides project: thanks to our determination and our desire for a new and stimulating profession, to be lived together, the brand became reality. Since then, we have started promoting the Peakshunter Mountain Guides brand and organizing outdoor activities in the Aosta Valley, as well as nature exploration trips in Italy and Europe.
Today our project involves a close-knit team of Alpine Guides, as well as some collaborators specialized in outdoor photography and video shooting. My work in the team excites me and gratifies me every day: I am a project manager, responsible for organizational management, as well as a contact person for reservations and responsible for customer relations.
I love the mountains and the opportunities they give to live life to the full and push myself further: to paraphrase a mountaineering legend, “the highest peak is the one inside us!”

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Aiguille d’Entrèves
Aiguille Marbrées
Aiguille du Rochefort
Gran Paradiso – Via ferrata and Normal Routes
Castor – Normal route
Pollux – Normal route
Capanna Regina Margherita (Margherita Hut) – Signalkuppe
Arête des Cosmiques
Eveque – South-West Ridge
Tour Ronde – North Face
Tour des Périades
Pain du Sucre – South Ridge
Pointe Percée – Arête du Doigt

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Photography Trekking Travelling

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JACOPO
JACOPO
JACOPO "Srīnivās" ALBERTI

Born in 1983, grown in Brusson, I ran for the Aosta Valley regional team of Biathlon until the age of 19. In 2002 I left home to continue my studies in France and later in Belgium, during this time I was offered for a job in Milan. This way started a journey inside television channels and post-production companies, where I get skilled and specialize in 2D and 3D animation, editing and compositing. The 2010 is the year of change: sick of the hectic life and the work system of big companies, I take the decision to come back to Aosta Valley. During that time I also started to approach asana practice and a personal study in Vedantic Philosophy. My personal challenge was to turn my passion for the sports and the mountains into a new job and I started to realize this life plan. In 2016 I achieve...

Born in 1983, grown in Brusson, I ran for the Aosta Valley regional team of Biathlon until the age of 19. In 2002 I left home to continue my studies in France and later in Belgium, during this time I was offered for a job in Milan. This way started a journey inside television channels and post-production companies, where I get skilled and specialize in 2D and 3D animation, editing and compositing. The 2010 is the year of change: sick of the hectic life and the work system of big companies, I take the decision to come back to Aosta Valley. During that time I also started to approach asana practice and a personal study in Vedantic Philosophy. My personal challenge was to turn my passion for the sports and the mountains into a new job and I started to realize this life plan. In 2016 I achieve the title of Aspirant Mountain Guide and in 2019 I can finally fulfill my dream, becoming Mountain Guide and qualified Yoga teacher in the really traditional Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham, Kadaleevanam, Kodakkad Village in the South of India.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations)
Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
ANENA Instructor
WEMountain Instructor
Yoga teacher

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Piccolo Paradiso-Gran Paradiso Traverse
Gran Paradiso – North Face
Mont Blanc – Brouillard Ridge
Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge
Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Mont Blanc du Tacul – Aiguilles du Diable traverse
Aiguille du Midi – Frendo Spur
Pilier Rouge du Brouillard – “Les anneaux magiques”
Aiguille Noire di Peuterey – Ratti Vitali
Castor – South Ridge
Pizzo Badile – North Edge

STEEP SKIING

Punta Yeld
North Couloir Col Talèfre
To Triolet glacier Brenva from Moore Col
Giordani Peak – Soldier’s Couloir

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CLAUDIO
CLAUDIO "Guru" ROSSET

Mountain peaks and pastures have been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember, especially those of Valpelline, off the main Aosta Valley. I was a forest ranger there for fifteen years, but I quit in 1998. Since then I have made my living as a mountain guide, working all over Europe and around the world. I consider myself a traveller, in the sense that the peak, our target, is actually just a pretext. What really matters is the journey! I married Claudia in 2011 and I have two wonderful children, Martino and Clarissa. Over the years, I become interested in security and rescue, specializing as a trainer and instructor in these important fields.

Mountain peaks and pastures have been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember, especially those of Valpelline, off the main Aosta Valley. I was a forest ranger there for fifteen years, but I quit in 1998. Since then I have made my living as a mountain guide, working all over Europe and around the world. I consider myself a traveller, in the sense that the peak, our target, is actually just a pretext. What really matters is the journey! I married Claudia in 2011 and I have two wonderful children, Martino and Clarissa. Over the years, I become interested in security and rescue, specializing as a trainer and instructor in these important fields.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor
Helicopter Rescue Crew
Regional Mountain Rescue Instructor
Ski Patroller
Ski slope Manager
GPS Instructor

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Bruillard Red Pilaster
Aiguille du Bionassey
Dent du Geant-Jorasses West Ridge Traverse
Grand Jorasses – Normal Way
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route)
Dent d’Herens – Tieffenmatten Ridge/Albertini Ridge
Grand Combin – South-East Ridge/Isler Ridge/Colouir du Gardien
Lyskamms Traverse
Lyskamm West – Sella Ridge
Punta Gnifetti – Signal Ridge
Monte Rosa – Dufourspitze Rey Ridge

EXPEDITIONS

Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
Chimborazo (Ecuador)
Aconcagua (Argentina)
Shisha Pangma (Cina)
Dhaulagiri (Nepal)
Everest (with Claudio Bastrentaz)
Gasherbrum II (border among Cina and Pakistan)
Manaslu (Nepal)
Annapurna (Nepal)
Tilicho (Nepal)
Langtang Lirung (Nepal)

TREKKING EXPEDITIONS OUTSIDE EUROPE

K2 Base Camp (Pakistan)
Makalu Base Camp (border among Nepal and Tibet)
Manaslu Round Trekking
Annapurna Round Trekking
Mustang Trekking – Dhorpatan (Nepal)

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CLAUDIO
CLAUDIO BASTRENTAZ
CLAUDIO BASTRENTAZ
CLAUDIO BASTRENTAZ

I was born in the deep south of Valle d’Aosta, at Pont Saint-Martin, in 1966, but I have always lived the mountain as a place of fun and a space of freedom and adventure. I became an Mountain Guide in 1995 and I am part of the Compagnie des Guides d’Arnad, specialized in canyoning and a member of the Valdostano Alpine Rescue. After graduating from the Pont Saint-Martin Scientific High School, I enrolled at the ISEF in Turin and for more than twenty years I have been following the regional alpine skiing team as an athletic trainer. But it is certainly the mountain that has profoundly marked my life and my beliefs, always confronting me with a loyal environment and punctuated by simple rules that do not allow cheating. This area gave me incredible adventures of great gratification...

I was born in the deep south of Valle d’Aosta, at Pont Saint-Martin, in 1966, but I have always lived the mountain as a place of fun and a space of freedom and adventure. I became an Mountain Guide in 1995 and I am part of the Compagnie des Guides d’Arnad, specialized in canyoning and a member of the Valdostano Alpine Rescue. After graduating from the Pont Saint-Martin Scientific High School, I enrolled at the ISEF in Turin and for more than twenty years I have been following the regional alpine skiing team as an athletic trainer. But it is certainly the mountain that has profoundly marked my life and my beliefs, always confronting me with a loyal environment and punctuated by simple rules that do not allow cheating. This area gave me incredible adventures of great gratification that I shared with friends, but also customers and sometimes it was a personal match between Mountain and me. I am the father of two beautiful daughters, Beatrice and Giada, who as me love planning amazing mountain adventures with joy and passion.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
Guide Canyon AIGC (Italian Association Guide Canyon)
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor
Attendant and Authorised for rope access work
Employee trainer and supervisors for rope access work
Helicopter technician and central operator
Athletic trainer with specialization in alpine skiing
FISI Ski mountaineering coach

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge / Ridge des Tournettes / Central buttress West Grandes Jorasses Side / Walker Ridge / des Hirondelles  Ridge / West Ridge / Tronchey Ridge
Matterhorn – Zmutt Ridge and East Wall with exit on Normal Swiss
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route ascent)
Lyskamm – North Wall via Jaccod
Full length of the nose Aosta Valley (periplus of the border ridges of Aosta Valley)

STEEP SKIING

Lyskamm – North face
Breithorn East – Supersaxo Route
Breithorn East
Aiguille du Midi – Mallory Route
Mont Blanc du Tacul – Gervasutti Couloir

EXPEDITIONS

Chang tse and Lyxing peak (Tibet)
Mynia Konga (China)
Everest 2004 ascent without oxygen K2 north edge (not reaching the summit)
Everest 2005 ascent with oxygen (with Claudio Rosset)
Winter Walser Weg (20 days of cross-country skiing from Mittelberg in Austria to Champoluc on the Walser paths)
Denali (Alaska)

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LUIGI
LUIGI "Gigio" GAGLIARDI

I was born at the sea but the passion for the mountains led me to become a mountain guide. The nearby Finale Ligure and the Ligurian and Maritime Alps were my first playground and I’m still strongly fond of these places. Curiosity and quest for adventure often led me far from home. So I found myself climbing, skiing and cycling around the world, from the boundless Hielo Continental to the windy peaks of Iceland through the steppes of Mongolia and the fjords of Norway.
“Ready to go!” is my personal claim!

I was born at the sea but the passion for the mountains led me to become a mountain guide. The nearby Finale Ligure and the Ligurian and Maritime Alps were my first playground and I’m still strongly fond of these places. Curiosity and quest for adventure often led me far from home. So I found myself climbing, skiing and cycling around the world, from the boundless Hielo Continental to the windy peaks of Iceland through the steppes of Mongolia and the fjords of Norway.
“Ready to go!” is my personal claim!

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
AIGC (Italian Canyon Guide Association) Canyon Guide
Authorised operator of rope access and positioning systems for rope access work (basic module)
Instructor for operator of rope access and positioning systems for rope access work

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc du Tacul – Arete du Diable
Mont Blanc du Tacul – Gervasutti Pilier
Signalkuppe – Signal Ridge
Lyskamm – North Face
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route ascent)
Bernina – Biancograt
Piz Palù – Kuffner Spur

STEEP SKIING

Lyskamm – North Face
Matterhorn – East Face

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Ski mountaineering trips – Norway, Iceland, Mongolia, Patagonia
Mountaineering trips – Perù, Bolivia, Patagonia
Bike trips – Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Chile

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LUIGI
ALBERTO
ALBERTO
ALBERTO "Silver" SILVESTRI

I was born in 1977 near Milan, where I lived and studied until I was 22. My maternal grandparents, who were from Gressoney-Saint-Jean in the Aosta Valley, took me for my first hikes in the mountains when I was only 3. That was the beginning of my love for the mountains, high-altitude climbing and skiing. In the late 90s I left the city and moved to my grandparents’ home town with the idea of leading a healthier life in close contact with nature. In 2009 I began my mountain guide training and earned my IFMGA licence in 2011. I began accompanying climbers, skiers and hikers, trying to convey my personal approach to the mountain: slow and conscious. Now, I live in Cogne, at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, with my girlfriend Claudia. I love nothing more than spending time in...

I was born in 1977 near Milan, where I lived and studied until I was 22. My maternal grandparents, who were from Gressoney-Saint-Jean in the Aosta Valley, took me for my first hikes in the mountains when I was only 3. That was the beginning of my love for the mountains, high-altitude climbing and skiing. In the late 90s I left the city and moved to my grandparents’ home town with the idea of leading a healthier life in close contact with nature. In 2009 I began my mountain guide training and earned my IFMGA licence in 2011. I began accompanying climbers, skiers and hikers, trying to convey my personal approach to the mountain: slow and conscious. Now, I live in Cogne, at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, with my girlfriend Claudia. I love nothing more than spending time in the mountains. It is a form of recreation, but also a spiritual pursuit. I love to savour the taste of adventure and discovery, ever conscious, however, of the importance of safety and having respect for the wilderness.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor
Authorised for rope access work

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Peuterey Integral
Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge
Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Matterhorn – De Amicis Ridge (South Face)
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route)
Monte Rosa – Signal Ridge
Castor – South Ridge
Marmolada – South Face
Piccolo Paradiso-Gran Paradiso Traverse

STEEP SKIING

Colle delle Piode (Piodejoch )
East Face Lyskamm
North Face (Neruda Route) Lyskamm
North Face (Mooser Route)

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MAURICE GAILLARD
MAURICE GAILLARD

I have been a mountain guide since 1983. I can trace my passion for mountaineering to the stories my grandfather used to tell me when I was just a young child. He had worked at the Tête Rousse hut on Mont Blanc and, to earn a little more money, would offer his services as a porter, clocking up to twenty-odd climbs every year. I work all over the Alps, but primarily in the Aosta Valley. I find the mountains still inspire me as much today as they did when I was a little boy. I live in Fenis (Aosta), together with my wife Marilia and my daughter Nelly. In my spare time I help to run our small B&B “Chez Gaillard”, welcoming Italian and foreign tourists, who love the mountaineering world.

I have been a mountain guide since 1983. I can trace my passion for mountaineering to the stories my grandfather used to tell me when I was just a young child. He had worked at the Tête Rousse hut on Mont Blanc and, to earn a little more money, would offer his services as a porter, clocking up to twenty-odd climbs every year. I work all over the Alps, but primarily in the Aosta Valley. I find the mountains still inspire me as much today as they did when I was a little boy. I live in Fenis (Aosta), together with my wife Marilia and my daughter Nelly. In my spare time I help to run our small B&B “Chez Gaillard”, welcoming Italian and foreign tourists, who love the mountaineering world.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AIGC (Italian Canyon Guide Association) Canyon Guide
WEMountain Instructor

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Picco Gugliermina – Gervasutti Route
Grandes Jorasses – Brenva Spur
Aiguille Noire de Peuterey – South Ridge
Dent Blanche – Wandflue Ridge
Dent d’Herens – Albertini Ridge
Mont Viso – Sella Ridge (East Ridge)
Herbetet – South Ridge
Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Lyskamm – Sella Ridge

EXPEDITIONS

Mount Cook (New Zealand)
Langtang Lirung (Nepal)
Trekking to Annapurna (Nepal)
Trekking to K2 Base Camp (Pakistan)

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GIANLUCA IPPOLITO
GIANLUCA IPPOLITO
GIANLUCA IPPOLITO

I was born in Turin in 1966 and I grew up between the Val di Susa and the Valli di Lanzo, in Piedmont. I moved to the Aosta Valley in 1996 because, while serving in the Army, I passed the selections to work as a mountaineering and ski instructor at the Military Alpine School in Courmayeur. As part of this profession I was able to deepen my knowledge in the field of Climbing technics, Snow science, Mountain meteorology, Technology of materials for mountaineering. In the Aosta Valley I was able to attend courses to become a Mountain Guide and meet Federica, my wife, a life partner and sometimes an adventure partner. After the experience in uniform, I continue to frequent the mountains as a Mountain Guide, a profession that I adore and that allows me to combine passion with work. I really like...

I was born in Turin in 1966 and I grew up between the Val di Susa and the Valli di Lanzo, in Piedmont. I moved to the Aosta Valley in 1996 because, while serving in the Army, I passed the selections to work as a mountaineering and ski instructor at the Military Alpine School in Courmayeur. As part of this profession I was able to deepen my knowledge in the field of Climbing technics, Snow science, Mountain meteorology, Technology of materials for mountaineering. In the Aosta Valley I was able to attend courses to become a Mountain Guide and meet Federica, my wife, a life partner and sometimes an adventure partner. After the experience in uniform, I continue to frequent the mountains as a Mountain Guide, a profession that I adore and that allows me to combine passion with work. I really like the exploratory component of mountaineering, which leads me to always look at each of my activities in the mountains with a new spirit. I have never liked competitions with the stopwatch, because I prefer to find a deep relationship with a powerful and uncontaminated Nature: I am deeply convinced that this wild dimension can bring you lot of satisfaction and joy. I like to tell the people I take to the mountains everything I know about this fascinating world.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Avalanche Detachment Officer and Director of Avalanche Remediation Operations (Module 2b and 2d)
WEMountain Instructor

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Brenva Spur
Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge
Mont Blanc – Tournette Spur
Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Mont Blanc du Tacul – Arete du Diable
Aiguille Noire de Peuterey – South Ridge
Matterhorn – Lion Ridge and Hörnli Ridge (Italian Route and Swiss Route)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Participation in 3 scientific expeditions to Antarctica with ENEA-CNR (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development – Research National Council)

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IKER MADOZ
IKER MADOZ

I was born in Pamplona in the Summer of 1993. I come from a family of mountain enthusiasts, so I began to know nature and alpine environment from a very young age. Bike rides, routes through the valleys of the Pyrenees, mornings at the Etxauri climbing school playing with climbing equipment, trips across Europe with the van, etc. When I was about 12, I started climbing with my father. Like a lifelong mountaineer, he accompanied me when he saw my growing interest in his climbs. Thus, the months passed, while the acquired knowledge and the sporting level grew. In a few years, I moved from easy climbing to climbing on multi-pitches routes, to alpine skiing, ice...

I was born in Pamplona in the Summer of 1993. I come from a family of mountain enthusiasts, so I began to know nature and alpine environment from a very young age. Bike rides, routes through the valleys of the Pyrenees, mornings at the Etxauri climbing school playing with climbing equipment, trips across Europe with the van, etc. When I was about 12, I started climbing with my father. Like a lifelong mountaineer, he accompanied me when he saw my growing interest in his climbs. Thus, the months passed, while the acquired knowledge and the sporting level grew. In a few years, I moved from easy climbing to climbing on multi-pitches routes, to alpine skiing, ice climbing and, lastly, mountaineering. During the course to become a Guide I met many people from the mountain world, some of whom became great friends with whom to share challenges and to learn from. I think the way you do things makes a difference. It’s an austere, humble and committed approach that people like Unai Mendia and Mikel Zabalza have instilled in me. A way of understanding and experiencing the mountains, rich in values ​​that are as topical as companionship and respect. This is my personal creed, in life and profession.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Aspirant Mountain Guide (Aspirante Guía de Alta Montaña)
Facultad de Huesca de la Universidad de Zaragoza – Grado de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (CCAFD)
Escuela Kirolene de Durango – formación de Técnico Deportivo de Alta Montaña

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Ailefroide (Ecrins Massif) – Marchal Ombre, 800 mts ED, M6 90º
Aiguille Verte Late to Say I’m Sorry, 1000 mts ED, V 5+
Matterhorn – Schmid North Face 1200 mts MD+, 50º/60º IVº
Dru – North Direct Corridor, 800 mts M6+/7, 5+/6 ice
Grandes Jorasses – MacIntyre-Colton, V WI5+, M4+, X, R. 1000 mts
Pic Sans Nom (Ecrins Massif) – Le Prestige des Ecrins, 1000 mts ED+, AI5 M6+
Pré de Bar, Pointe Raphael Borgis (Chamonix)  – Les Barbares, 500 mts ED 80º M6+

ICE CLIMBING

KANDERSTEG (Switzerland)
– Durststrecke
– Tsunamix
– Stairway to the stars
– Alpha Säule Mix, 230 mts V 6+ M6/7
– Bozugschichtji, 240 mts IV M7 6
– Grimm/Haizähne, 180 mts III 5+/6-
– Beta Rocker, 295 mts V M8 WI6
– Reise ins reich der Eiszwerge, 175 mts III M6+ WI5
– Finderlohn, 165 mts IV M7+
– Crack Baby (350 mts, WI 6)

CLIMBING EXPEDITIONS  OUTSIDE EUROPE

Perù (2012)
Huayhuash – Jirishanca (6194m) – “Tambo, Churros y Amigos” (900m ED) – with Roger Cararach y Marc Toralles
India – Zanskar Valley
Nepal – Dorje Lakpa South Face (6,966m)

 

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GABRIELE SILVESTRI
GABRIELE SILVESTRI
GABRIELE SILVESTRI

I was born in 1993. When I was a child and until the age of 15 I raced in alpine skiing’s regional circuit of Aosta Valley. I also competed in a cycling team for four years and I did a short time of ski-mountaineering competitions. I started to practice mountaineering, rock climbing and ice climbing because slowly I realized that I was starting to dream about becoming a mountain guide. From the begin of 2019 I have devoted all my time and energies to training for the Mountain Guide training course. In 2021 I have successfully passed all the exams, receiving my Aspirant Mountain Guide licence. Today I am really proud to lead my clients and I always try to teach them to explore the Alps, approaching mountains with responsibility, safety, enjoyment and sustainability. I love to travel and...

I was born in 1993. When I was a child and until the age of 15 I raced in alpine skiing’s regional circuit of Aosta Valley. I also competed in a cycling team for four years and I did a short time of ski-mountaineering competitions. I started to practice mountaineering, rock climbing and ice climbing because slowly I realized that I was starting to dream about becoming a mountain guide. From the begin of 2019 I have devoted all my time and energies to training for the Mountain Guide training course. In 2021 I have successfully passed all the exams, receiving my Aspirant Mountain Guide licence. Today I am really proud to lead my clients and I always try to teach them to explore the Alps, approaching mountains with responsibility, safety, enjoyment and sustainability. I love to travel and explore new areas all around the world and I hope I will always find new places that can satisfy my desire of freedom and creativity.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Aspirant Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Maudit – Kuffner Ridge
Monte Rosa – Dufourspitze Rey Ridge
Castore – South ridge
Pizzo Badile – North Spur
Trieste Tower – Cassin Way
Piccolo Paradiso-Gran Paradiso Traverse
Pic Adolphe Rey – Cache cache

STEEP SKIING

Punta Vittoria – Likke Schloss
Punta Vittoria – North Face
Punta Giordani – Soldiers Channel

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PAOLO MOLINARI
PAOLO MOLINARI

I was born in Gavirate (VA) in 1988 and at 21 I moved to Macugnaga, at the foot of the east of Monte Rosa, where I managed the municipal swimming pool for four years. Here I met an Alpine Guide and Instructor of the same who taught me and transmitted his passion for the mountains in all its forms, making this profession my dream.So I decided to move to Valle d’Aosta to train and cultivate this passion; in 2020 i have successfully passed all the e exams to became a Mountain Guide.
Now my objective is to accompany people to the places of their dreams and try to pass on my values ​​to them in the mountains.

I was born in Gavirate (VA) in 1988 and at 21 I moved to Macugnaga, at the foot of the east of Monte Rosa, where I managed the municipal swimming pool for four years. Here I met an Alpine Guide and Instructor of the same who taught me and transmitted his passion for the mountains in all its forms, making this profession my dream.So I decided to move to Valle d’Aosta to train and cultivate this passion; in 2020 i have successfully passed all the e exams to became a Mountain Guide.
Now my objective is to accompany people to the places of their dreams and try to pass on my values ​​to them in the mountains.

QUALIFICATIONS

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations) Mountain Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor

CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Mont Blanc – Innominata Ridge
Mont Blanc du Tacul – Arete du Diable
Grandes Jorasses – West Ridge
Matterhorn – traverse of the Lion Ridge/Hörnli Ridge
Mont Morion Valpelline – integral ridge traverse
Nordend – Brioschi way
Nordend – Santa Caterina way
Piz Bernina – Biancograt
Piz Palü – Kuffner Ridge

STEEP SKIING

Gran Paradiso – North Face
Velan mount –  Great central couloir
Monte Rosa – Marinelli Couloir

ICE

Mont Blanc du Tacul – Supercouloir direct attack
Ceresole Reale – Teddy Boy balla il Rock n ‘Roll

 

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PAOLO MOLINARI
MARCELLO BARZANO'
MARCELLO BARZANO'
MARCELLO BARZANO'

I was born in the Po Valley (where I still live), although I recently lived for four years in Trentino in the Brenta Dolomites. My passion has always been the mountains. The Grigne are the mountains closest to and dearest to me, the ones that gave me the inspiration and great motivation to transform my devotion to the Highlands into a profession. My first “mountain” experiences were mainly exploratory rather than mountaineering. I have always been attracted to Eastern philosophies: I traveled and walked for long periods in little-known places in the Indian Himalayas, as well as the more well-known...

I was born in the Po Valley (where I still live), although I recently lived for four years in Trentino in the Brenta Dolomites. My passion has always been the mountains. The Grigne are the mountains closest to and dearest to me, the ones that gave me the inspiration and great motivation to transform my devotion to the Highlands into a profession. My first “mountain” experiences were mainly exploratory rather than mountaineering. I have always been attracted to Eastern philosophies: I traveled and walked for long periods in little-known places in the Indian Himalayas, as well as the more well-known ones in Nepal. I have long explored the heart of the largest mountain range in the world. During this period, I was lucky enough to meet a kung fu master: in addition to the art of tai chi, he taught me to know myself first and foremost. Thanks to him I learned to listen to others, giving space and voice to my questions. Starting from these questions, I built my path of personal growth: today this is the philosophy that I try to practice with the people who rely on my accompaniment. After a few years, the passion for mountaineering ascents, climbing and all-round ski mountaineering began which, once again, at the beginning, saw me engaged in extra-European territory confronting myself with amazing glacial walls. After many years of frequenting the Alps in all my free moments, I decided to take the Alpine Guide course in order to transmit the love, respect and passion that have always animated me to those who want to approach this superb, ultimate environment bulwark from which overbuilding and automation are fortunately still distant.

QUALIFICATIONS

Aspiring Alpine Guide
AINEVA (Inter-regional Snow and Avalanche Association) – Snow Observer (Module 2a)
WEMountain Instructor

MAIN PEAKS

Mont Blanc – Innominate Ridge
Mont Blanc – Cresta del Brouillard
Grand Capucin – Via Bonatti
Les Droites – Via Ginat
Monte Rosa – Cresta Signal
Lyskamm – North Face
Piz Palù – Via Bumiller
Pizzo Badile – Diretta del Popolo
Marmolada – Via dell’Ideale
Punta Civetta – Via Andrich

STEEP SKIING

Mont Blanc Du Tacul – Gervasutti Couloir
Monte Disgrazia – Schenatti Couloir
Pizzo Bernina – Canale di Cresta Guzza
Brenta Dolomites – Canale Neri

TREKKING EXPEDITIONS OUTSIDE EUROPE

Peruvian Andes – Alpamayo – Via Ferrari
Peruvian Andes – Artesonraju – South Face
Indian Himalaya – Stok Kangri

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GIANNI FRANCHI
GIANNI FRANCHI

Born and raised in nature, where my passion for the mountains and all its naturalistic and geological aspects matured. Lived up to 13 years in a small village in the Twin Mountains where I started my first excursions following the paths traced by local hunters. Today I spend all my free time in the mountains; the practice of hiking, climbing and ski mountaineering allowed me to become an excellent connoisseur mainly of the Abruzzo mountains but also of the Dolomites and the Aosta Valley. Lover of long treks, I am always on the lookout for new paths and wild places. For years now, my passion for the mountains has become my profession, which takes the form of...

Born and raised in nature, where my passion for the mountains and all its naturalistic and geological aspects matured. Lived up to 13 years in a small village in the Twin Mountains where I started my first excursions following the paths traced by local hunters. Today I spend all my free time in the mountains; the practice of hiking, climbing and ski mountaineering allowed me to become an excellent connoisseur mainly of the Abruzzo mountains but also of the Dolomites and the Aosta Valley. Lover of long treks, I am always on the lookout for new paths and wild places. For years now, my passion for the mountains has become my profession, which takes the form of a Medium Mountain Guide and Hiking Instructor. This means being able to best convey the passion and skills that we bring out every day in the mountains. The passion for the mountains and for its discovery is an excellent “pretext” to travel and discover different cultures and shades of our territory and neighboring territories, so similar but so different in the small details that determine their beauty. It often happens that trekking routes end with tastings of typical local products, trying to get to know local people also to give full meaning and value to the same. All combined with healthy and fun physical activity, which contrasts with the frenzy of modern life and for these becomes an even more special moment of self-discovery. My ultimate goal is to experience the mountain to its fullest, with passion and enthusiasm, but also with the necessary technical skills to be able to share with others, so that they can then independently and personally experience the mountains. There are many magical moments to live on the mountains: the silence of one’s breath in the heart of nature, the experience of sharing physical fatigue, the unique emotion of a dawn, the desire for solitude and peace. I have always considered the mountains my real home, a beautiful and borderless place, where be yourself, truly expressing great passions.

QUALIFICATIONS

Mid-mountain guide
Hiking Master Nordic Walking Instructor
Alpine Rescue Operator Abruzzo Region

 

MAIN TREKKINGS

Gran Sasso d’Italia
Monti della Laga
Twin Mountains
Sibillini Mountains
Dolomites
Valle d’Aosta

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FEDERICA CORONA
FEDERICA CORONA
FEDERICA CORONA

Born in 1985, I grew up in Milan. I first worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency, then I decided to join the family business. The mountains have always been part of my life and the Presolana, in the Bergamo Prealps, has increasingly fueled this passion. In recent years, I realized that the city was tight on me and my love for the mountains pushed me to embark on a new path. In 2020 I became a Medium Mountain Guide and I got back into the game by moving between the mountains. Accompanying people on the paths, making known the beauties of nature and the wonderful landscapes that surround us is a beautiful emotion and being able to share my passion is...

Born in 1985, I grew up in Milan. I first worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency, then I decided to join the family business. The mountains have always been part of my life and the Presolana, in the Bergamo Prealps, has increasingly fueled this passion. In recent years, I realized that the city was tight on me and my love for the mountains pushed me to embark on a new path. In 2020 I became a Medium Mountain Guide and I got back into the game by moving between the mountains. Accompanying people on the paths, making known the beauties of nature and the wonderful landscapes that surround us is a beautiful emotion and being able to share my passion is the greatest satisfaction.

QUALIFICATIONS

Mid-mountain guide

MAIN TREKKING AND CLIMBING HIGHLIGHTS

Peaks Gran Paradiso tour
Gran Paradiso summit – normal route
Western Breithorn – normal route
Pizzo della Presolana – Bergamo Bergamo Alps
Trekking in Argentine and Chilean Patagonia
Trekking in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo
Excursions in Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta

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LUCA MINIERI
LUCA MINIERI

Mountains have been my playground ever since childhood: hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing as well as thrilling adventures exploring woods, meadows and rock walls, enjoyed during the long summer days in our mountain house. As a teenager, my attention focused on music: being a vocalist and guitarist, I fully devoted myself to this world and was involved in studio recordings, record productions and concerts around the world. A climbing course with Elis and Silvia rekindled my passion for this dazzling environment: slowly but surely, guitars and amplifiers were replaced by ice axes and skis. My passion for photography was then the icing on the cake. I still work as a sound engineer, though I escape to a mountain top whenever I can, touching rock, ice and snow, capturing pictures of the...

Mountains have been my playground ever since childhood: hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing as well as thrilling adventures exploring woods, meadows and rock walls, enjoyed during the long summer days in our mountain house. As a teenager, my attention focused on music: being a vocalist and guitarist, I fully devoted myself to this world and was involved in studio recordings, record productions and concerts around the world. A climbing course with Elis and Silvia rekindled my passion for this dazzling environment: slowly but surely, guitars and amplifiers were replaced by ice axes and skis. My passion for photography was then the icing on the cake. I still work as a sound engineer, though I escape to a mountain top whenever I can, touching rock, ice and snow, capturing pictures of the wild, alluring mountain scenery. In the last year I have join Peakshunter Mountain Guides during many trips on mountains. During these excursions, I have realized beautiful videos and several pictures of their most impressive climbing by using camera on drones.

Outdoor Photography, Video shooting with camera and drones, Video editing expert, Sound Engeneer, Vocalist and Electric Guitar Musician

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LUCA MINIERI
FRANCESCO PIERINI
FRANCESCO PIERINI
FRANCESCO PIERINI

I am an extreme travel photographer. Since I became a photo enthusiast, I started to travel trough the most wild country in the world, looking for the most extreme environments and adventures to shoot. Layered by outdoor, travel and adventure, I love capturing images on the most uncomfortable side on the earth. Through the use of images, I strive to share my personal vision of wild places with peoples, trying to inspire them to explore and protect Nature and Earth.
I am focus to showcase the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them. For some years I have been collaborating with the Peakshunter Mountain Guides, who I join on mountaineering excursions and exploration trips in the...

I am an extreme travel photographer. Since I became a photo enthusiast, I started to travel trough the most wild country in the world, looking for the most extreme environments and adventures to shoot. Layered by outdoor, travel and adventure, I love capturing images on the most uncomfortable side on the earth. Through the use of images, I strive to share my personal vision of wild places with peoples, trying to inspire them to explore and protect Nature and Earth.
I am focus to showcase the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them. For some years I have been collaborating with the Peakshunter Mountain Guides, who I join on mountaineering excursions and exploration trips in the spaces of the Alps, collecting photographic material and promotional videos.
My personal claim: “It doesn’t matter what I’m shooting, whether is mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding or ski, what really matter is to push the limits and break all the rules producing inspirational content able to inspire the next to live the great outdoors.” 

Outdoor Photography, Video shooting with camera and drones, Video editing expert

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