ANDESCROSS- Personalized Outdoor Guiding in Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
UIAGM-IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides

OUR STORY

A natural progression of my lifelong connection with the mountains led me to become a UIAGM- IFMGA Mountain Guide and found Andescross.

As a teenager, I mountain biked the trails to the local climbing crag after school with my friends. On snowy days we managed to get out of school early for powder skiing in the area of Bariloche. We would take weekends off and visit the closest mountain hut to ski or climb, according to the season.

I spent two years in Buenos Aires as an engineer and architect student, but my passion for being outside and my extra energy led me back to pursue a career in the mountains. Who knows, maybe one day I will go back to the desk…

To pay for my climbing and skiing trips in my early 20´s, I spent two summer seasons commercial salmon fishing in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I learned English and developed a love for Alaska, where I go back every chance I get. In those years I also spent time traveling in the Lower 48 of the USA, climbing towers in the desert of Utah, in the Dolomites of Italy, Spain, Southern France, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

After exploring mountains in Europe, North America, and South America, I decided to make my passion my profession and began to pursue a career as a Mountain Guide. In 1998, I started guiding in Southern Patagonia, and slowly started to make my career from guiding hiking, climbing, and skiing, until finally I proudly became UIAGM- IFMGA certified in 2005, when

Argentina was first accepted in the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations

Today, Andescross has expanded to include a highly skilled team of guides, and we enjoy all mountainous activities such as treks, glacier walks, mountaineering, and mountain biking in South America’s Southern Andes. Many consider us to be one of the most experienced ski mountaineering companies guiding in the Patagonian Andes of Argentina and Chile.

We would love to share our passion with you in the pristine mountains of Patagonia!

Here Our team and Bio’s

The Andescross Team
Specializing in Personalized Outdoor Guiding in Patagonia

Whether you want to go trekking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, or on a family hike during your vacation in Patagonia, the guide you choose could make or break your trip! We’ve designed our team at Andescross to include guides that are not only professional, highly skilled, and experienced, but also fun, personable, and enthusiastic.

Jorge Kozulj

Jorge Kozulj

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

Jorge is the owner, founder, and head guide for Andescross. He holds a UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide accreditation, which is the highest international recognition in this profession. Jorge grew up in Bariloche, Argentina, and since 1999, he has been guiding right in his back yard, the Patagonian Andes. He also works logistics for professional outdoor film and photography crews wishing to shoot in Patagonia.

Some of the technical guiding Jorge has done professionally include Southern Patagonia’s Aguja Guillaumet, Continental Ice Cap traverses, Expedition to Mariano Moreno, and Cerro San Lorenzo (2nd highest summit in Patagonia). Personal climbs in Patagonia also include Aguja Saint Exupery, Cerro Grande, and Mocho. He frequently climbs in Frey, his favorite local spot in Bariloche, and has traveled to North America and Europe to climb. In Yosemite, he free climbed Half Dome in a day as well as several other classic routes in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne such as Sentinel Rock (Herbert- Chouinard route).

Jorge happily spends a lot of time on skis, mostly guiding technical backcountry and volcanoes of Patagonia. In 2009, Jorge became one of the first Argentines to work as Ski Guide on the Antarctic Peninsula. He has done multiple personal trips ski mountaineering in Alaska: Valdez, the inner Chugach, Wittier and Wrangells-St Elias Ranges, picking chutes and powder as much as possible!

Prior to Andescross, Jorge’s work experience includes Safety and Security for the Discovery Channel Eco Challenge in Patagonia, and vertical jobs for seismic exploration from helicopters for VSI in Canmore, Canada.

Jorge is Ski Patrol certified and volunteers for the local Mountain Rescue Team in Bariloche. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Craig Ross

Craig Ross

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

Craig is a UIAGM– IFMGA Mountain Guide who has devoted his life to his great passions: the mountains and his family. He has been working as a guide since 1996, and for several years now led trips for Nols and Outward Bound in the Patagonia region.

He is a smooth climber and an excellent sportsman. Craig took the opportunity to participate in the Eco Challenge adventure race in New Zealand 2001. He has climbed mountains in Cordillera Blanca (Peru), Yosemite, Canada (Bugaboos), France (Chamonix) and several European countries and Southern Patagonia, where he worked as mountain guide for years.

Today, Craig has a beautiful family and two daughters, so he spends most of his time guiding local in the Bariloche area. Craig is fluent in Spanish and English.

Germán Gonzalez

Germán Gonzalez

German is our head guide for mountain biking tours. For most of his life, German has been guiding biking trips in the Patagonia region, and he wrote the first guide book about cycling tours in Bariloche and the surrounding area, "Travesías en Bicicleta". He is a founding member of the Argentine Mountain Biking Guides’ Association, and is also an auxiliary at the Argentine Red Cross organization. German also guides several trips mountain biking in Patagonia, Argentina and Chile for REI Adventures and other international outfitters. He speaks Spanish and English.

In Bariloche, German and his wife run a small, yet popular, outdoor clothing and gear company, Tehuelche. They make their own pants, backpacks, chalk bags, dry bags, saddlebags, hats, gaiters, and more. Check them out online at www.tehuelchepatagonia.com, or see the whole of their family‘s shop by stopping by while you’re in Bariloche!

Pere Vilarasau

Pere Vilarasau

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

Pere is a UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide. Originally from Catalunya, Spain with a bit of roots in Patagonia, the Pyrenees and the Alps. A total dreamer and freebird spirit, with amazing skills and smoothness in the mountains like only few people. His major reputation is for being an icon in the climbing community climbing grades as 8b+ (5.14a) with such a facility that makes it look way too easy. He is a cat on the rock and moves in the mountains smooth as no other.

His vast resume includes, several big walls climbs in Yosemite and some ascents in El Cap in a day, including Half Dome and El Capitan few times, several climbs in Canada, Alps and Pyrenees. Several climbs in the Fitz roy massif linking up Saint Exupery and Rafael to mention a few. Guided for many years in Bolivia in the late 90’s, including Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi and other classics. He loves Bolivia, so contact him for a trip there!, because he knows the place amazingly good.

Climber, route/ crag developer and deep explorer of the wild lands of Patagonia putting first climbing routes and crags in Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, really he was the motor/ mentor that inspire many of excellent new climbers in Patagonia and taught them how to open new climbing routes and crags back in the late 90’s

Tomás Mueller

Tomás Mueller

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

He is a fully certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guide, did his course inChamonix, France at the highest level that Ensa requires. He lives full time in Chamonix.
Tomas speaks fluent German, Italian, English, spanish and french… maybe also chinese!
He have done several ascents in Patagonia in very good timing, as a full day adventure in SuperCanaleta and Affanasieff on Fitz Roy. Climbed Cerro Torre.

He guides in Chamonix to make his living and knows very well the little corners of the Alps.
Amazing ascents in the Alps, as the complete traverse of the Aiguilles du chamonix.
Have done several Chamonix classics in Ice-Rock mix routes in amazing speed times
Ascents to Grand Jorasses, Dru, Gran Capuccin and hundreds of other minor climbs in the french valley. Also some ski guiding work in Lyngen Alps and Finmark, Norway
Forgot to mention, he grew up in Argentina, liking Boca Juniors for the ones who likes football/ soccer! Is that good or is that bad? Lets go climbing!

Igor Bernas

Igor Bernas

ACMG Ski guide

Guía de esquí de montaña acreditado por la ACMG (Asociación Canadiense de Guías de Montaña). Igor también posee el titulo de la Asociacion Canadiense de Avalanchay es el responsable de los cursos AST 1 y AST 2 de la CAA, en Bariloche, Argentina. Originario de Durango, Pais Vasco donde empezó a practicar deportes de montaña (escalada en roca y hielo, esquí de montaña) cuando tenia 15 años. Su pasión por el esquí y la escalada le llevaron a viajar a Canada en 2008 donde encontró el modo de convertir su pasión en profesión.

En la actualidad, reside en Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada donde trabaja como guía de esquí e instructor de cursos de aludes en la temporada de invierno para compañías como Sol mountain Lodge, Icefall Lodge, Snowfall Lodge o Selkirk- Tangiers helicopter skiing.

Igor habla 4 idiomas (Ingles, Frances, Español y Euskera).

Marcos Frischknecht

Marcos Frischknecht

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

Marcos "el yeti" (The Yeti) besides being a UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide is a legend in the Argentinean Mountaineering history and together with Jorge they are TNT in the mountains! Just to mention some of his vast resume: Kilimanjaro back in the day, when nobody was going there, attempt to Broad Peak in the Himalayas, Several climbs in Yosemite valley as the classic Salathe wall, the Nose, Regular NW in Half Dome, Steck-Salathe in Sentinel Rock.

Also his career includes climbs in Squamish, Washington pass area climbing Liberty Bell via Liberty crack. Climbs in the Bugaboos. Attempt to Denali.

Many seasons guiding in Patagonia and many climbs in its Massif, including Fitz Roy, Aguja Saint Exupery, Rafael, Cerro Grande, Mocho and other climbs too. Torres del Paine (North and Central) are in his pocket as well. Today he spents his summers climbing in Patagonia and guiding/climbing in Chamonix.

Nicolás de la Cruz

Nicolás de la Cruz

UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV certified guide

Nicolas is a UIAGM- IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide and a very well-recognized as a guide and mountaineer in Argentina. He is the President of the Argentine Mountain Guide Association (AAGM), and the driving force for Argentina to become a member of the UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV. He is an instructor for both associations.

Since 1990, Nico has been mountain guiding in the Patagonian Andes, and he has guided several ascents of Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak. His climbing and mountaineering resume also includes Shishapangma (8,013m, 26,289ft) in the Himalayas of Tibet which is one of the 14th highest mountains in the world, several mountaineering ascents in the Cordillera Blaca of Peru, Switzerland, and France.

Argentina‘s Nahuel Huapi National Park in Northern Patagonia is Nico’s area of specialization, and for 14 years he managed the mountain paradise, Refugio Frey, in the park.

Nicolas is sponsored by Petzl, Charlet Moser, Movement Skis, and Ansilta. He volunteers for CAX (Comisión de Auxilio Bariloche), which is the local Mountain Rescue Team in Bariloche. He has work experience rigging gear in the film production of "Grido di Pietra" by the same director as "Grizzly Man", Werner Herzog. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, and Italian.