Our Mountain Guides love climbing all over the world, whether it be warm granite at the City of Rocks in Idaho or big mountains in the Alps or Andes. Aerial Boundaries can put together the perfect climbing trip for you to train for specific objectives, accomplish dream climbs, or just learn and have fun.
Aerial Boundaries’ mountain guides pride themselves on being educators as well as guides. Our goal is to teach skills and learn about the people and places that we visit. We want you to go home with a new perspective on the world and the tools to help you accomplish future goals.
The core of our leadership programs is based on Guide Leadership. World-class mountain guides have much to teach about successfully managing a team in uncertain situations. We use the tents of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Christopher Maxwell, author of Lead Like a Guide: How World-Class Mountain Guides Inspire Us to be Better Leaders.
Founder of Patagonia, Inc. and legendary adventurer Yvon Chouinard once said ” Adventure starts when something goes disastrously wrong.” While we don’t espouse that sentiment completely when we are with guests, we are not always fans of the hour-by-hour itinerary. We like to keep things flexible. Weather changes in the mountains. Opportunities arise when we are with local people. On a trip in the Sacred Valley in the highlands of Peru, our local guide Marco noticed a gathering at a local school. Our guests were invited on the spot to a kindergarten theater production which turned in to a wedding party. That was not on the itinerary.
We strive to be travelers, not tourists. With our local connections throughout the world we’re able visit with local people and have experiences that tourists can’t. The best example is Patagonia. We spend time on the Estancia Rio Verde, a working sheep and cattle ranch on the shores of Skyring Sound. Ride horses on the windswept grasslands with the ranch’s staff and even get your hands dirty helping out with ranch chores. On a recent trip to the Dolomites, Christian was invited by a local guide to climb the Marmolada, the highest summit in the region, on the 150th anniversary of its first ascent. Dressing in period clothing the group ascended the mountain with hundreds of others and was treated to a choral band concert on the summit!
“Christian Santelices is an extraordinary guide. He has been my teacher and my mentor in the world of climbing, and he has become one of my closest friends. We have climbed in the Tetons, in Patagonia, in the Pyrenees in Spain, in the Alps in France and Switzerland, in the Dolomites in Italy, in South Africa--literally all over the world. I can give Christian absolutely the highest recommendation.”
"Thanks so much for the lesson today. I loved it! I actually have not stopped smiling. I am so excited; I even stopped at Yostmark on my way home to look at ice tools.”
“As officers, we will be required to make tough decisions and lead our subordinates by example. I feel that this course provides the perfect ratio of risk and safety to develop us in both areas. “It is one of the first times we are able to put into practice the leadership techniques and concepts we learn in a classroom environment. Training like this should be required.” “This was the best leadership experience, it taught me about myself and how leaders should act in the field.”
"The choice of Christian as our instructor was an excellent one. We enjoyed his instruction style and the gentle, yet firm way he encouraged us to push beyond our limits and fears. Overall we would rate this weekend as one of those peak experiences that one will remember for life."
"I believed I received something special - Christian's patience, insight, and instruction made this a memorable experience."
"I learned so much about myself and the spirituality of hiking/climbing on the Grand Teton experience. You made it fun, careful, insightful, and engaging. I was floored by the challenge and comforted by your special attention to my specific needs as delicate as they were at 13,000 + feet. Thank you for being friendly, professional, and most of all, keeping us safe."
"In every dimension - technical climbing and safety skills, teaching abilities, people management, strong leadership, individual and group psychology, and in terms of evoking a pure sense of adventure, Mr. Santelices was absolutely exemplary."
“Christian is a top notch instructor and educator. Clearly VERY experienced and VERY enthusiastic about teaching. He has some of the best educational and communication skills that I have seen (and I have been to many trainings through NOLS, Outward Bound, LNT, National Park Service, and Association of Outdoor Rec and Education). Christian is a fantastic ambassador for AMGA, has strong ethics, and is clearly invested in his students and the future of climbing guiding and education.”
"Christian was a great instructor. He's clearly been doing this long enough to have refined aspects of his lessons and be superbly comfortable with all the material making him very adaptable. His lighthearted, fun and humble nature seems hard to come by in our industry especially at his elite level and was greatly appreciated by everyone in the course. He was always encouraging, caring and understanding even able to own his own slip ups. Above all Christian was patient. He always took the time to make sure everyone was grasping the material and was happy to answer questions. A joy to learn from overall!"