10+Years of Service Cecelia Mortenson
Guide: International, Cascades

Cecelia has been climbing mountains for 20 years and guiding for the past 15. She guides for Alpine Ascents in Alaska, South America and in the Cascades - which is the range where she learned to climb. Cece has guided or climbed on 6 continents, including Antarctica, where she was the lead field mountaineer for the US Antarctic Program. Over years, Cece has guided expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali, multi-summit tours to Bolivia, traverses of the Northern Patagonia ice-cap, climbs of the volcanoes of Mexico and led numerous climbs up Ranier, Baker and other more technical peaks of the Cascades.

She is currently one of only a few dozen female guides in North America with her full Alpine Guides certification has just completed the international guide certification process 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.

Personal mountain journeys include 2 expeditions to the Himalaya - including summiting the Ama Dablam, the crown jewel of the Khumbu; a ski mountaineering trip to the remote Whakhan Corridor of Afganistan; a traverse of what is arguable to most aesthetic peak in British Columbia - Mt. Waddington; an ascent of Mt Fairweather in Alaska - from the ocean, a 6-week ski mountaineering traverse on the Taku, Jueau and Stikkine icefields in Alaska; and explorations in the Japanese, New Zealand and the French Alps.

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 its 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.

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Certifications

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