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Cecelia Mortenson

Cecelia Mortenson

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Cecelia has been climbing mountains for 20 years and guiding for the past 15. She guides for Alpine Ascents in Alaska, Europe, South America and in the Cascades – which is the range where she learned to climb. Cece has guided or climbed on six continents, including Antarctica, where she was the lead field mountaineer for the US Antarctic Program. Over the years, Cece has guided expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali, multi-summit tours to Bolivia, classic tours in the European Alps, traverses of the Northern Patagonia ice-cap, climbs of the volcanoes of Mexico and led numerous climbs up Rainier, Baker and other more technical peaks of the Cascades.

She is currently one of twenty women in North America with her full Mountain Guide certification and is now a certified IFMGA guide. Cece lives the life of a migratory bird: passing spring in Alaska or the deserts of the SW, summer in Squamish and the mountains of Canada and the Cascades, fall is the season for travel to Europe or Asia and winter will bring Cece back to the mountains of Canada where she works as a ski guide.

In her free time, Cece loves to search out perfect crack climbing in Squamish or Zion, ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies, or seeks out deep powder skiing in the Columbia Mountains of Canada. In those rare moments when it’s time to rest and take a break from the mountains, Cece enjoys cultural travel, yoga, a good book and hanging with friends from around the world. When journeying into the mountains with Cecelia, you will immediately sense her passion for climbing, guiding and ultimately, for inspiring others to live life to its fullest.

15-year

Significant Ascents

2 expeditions to the Himalaya – including summiting Ama Dablam, the crown jewel of the Khumbu
Ski mountaineering trip to the remote Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan
Traverse of what is arguably the most aesthetic peak in British Columbia – Mt. Waddington
Ascent of Mt Fairweather in Alaska – from the ocean, a 6-week ski mountaineering traverse on the Taku, Juneau and Stikkine ice fields in Alaska
Explorations in the Japanese, New Zealand and the French Alps.

Certifications

IFMGA Certified Guide
ACMG Full Alpine (Ski) & Rock Guide
Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2
OFA Level III Medical Training
SPRATT Level III
Rigging for Rescue

ifmga

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I feel like I am ready to organize and lead an easy glacier climb after the course. The guides were very patient in demonstrating the various techniques and supervising practices. They also showed different variations to standard techniques, which were very helpful, as they allowed us to understand the underlying […]

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