Elías de Andrés-Martos, Mountain Guide, RMI Expeditions

Elías grew up at the foothills of the Central Range of Spain. These small, glacier carved peaks, always presented Elías the gateway to the greater mountaineering world he would once get into. As a young athlete (four years in the Spanish top 8 in the track event of 400m hurdles) he understood the concept of "disciplined training" as a means for overcoming difficulties and pursue objectives. Astonished by the offerings of the mountains, Elías rejected a well set family business of three generations, the expectation to satisfy traditional obligations and the comforts of a predictable life for the sole purpose of finding himself (and whatever is "up there") on the mountains.

Along with his wife Bridget, his number 1 motivator and partner, Elías keeps finding himself at home on mountains from the Rockies to the Himalayas or from Alaska to the Andes. Having combined a teaching with a guiding career, he is now a full time guide who loves sharing climbing hours or days with people on snow and ice.

  • Mount Rainier: dozens of summits via 7 routes (including Liberty Ridge)
  • North Cascades: Forbidden, Sahale and Shuksan
  • Himalaya: Shishapangma Central of 8,013m (26,290') without oxygen
  • Mount McKinley: 4 expeditions
  • Aconcagua: 2 expeditions
  • Peruvian and Argentine Andes: several 5,000m and 6,000m peaks
  • Patagonia: Southern Ice Cap traverse
  • Europe: ascents in the French and Swiss Alps, Spanish Pyrenees
  • All 54 Colorado Fourteeners
  • Multiple ice and alpine climbs in Colorado, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Canadian Rockies
  • Extensive worldwide trekking: Everest and Annapurna Basecamp, Macchu Picchu, Patagonia, Alaskan wilderness, and European Peaks National Park
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • A.I.A.R.E. Avalanche Level II
  • A.M.G.A. Alpine Guide Course
  • A.M.G.A. Ice Instructor Course
  • A.M.G.A. Rock Instructor Course
  • Mountaineering Instructor (FEDME-Spain)
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Vail Mountain Rescue Group member

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