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Steve Charest

Steve is Petra Cliffs' co-owner, Program Director and Head Guide. He has been professionally guiding rock, ice, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering programs since 2001. Steve has a degree in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College and completed a NOLS Outdoor Educators Course for Mountaineering & Rock to kickstart his career as a mountain guide and educator. Steve is involved with the following organizations:

IFMGA Aspirant (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)

AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association)

  • Certified Rock Guide
  • Certified Ski Guide
  • Certified Guides Co-Op Member
  • Climbing Wall Instructor Provider
  • Single Pitch Instructor
  • Rock Guide Course
  • Advanced Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam
  • Alpine Guide Course
  • Ice Instructor Course
  • Advance Alpine Guide Course & Aspirant Exam
  • Ski Guide Course
  • Ski Mountaineering Guide Course & Aspirant Exam

AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education)

  • Level III Avalanche Practitioner
  • Level I & II Lead Course Instructor

American Avalanche Association 

  •  Pro Member

Steve has climbed extensively throughout the US & Canada, including Red Rocks, Yosemite, Mt Baker, Mt Shuksan, Grand Teton, Devil's Tower, Indian Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park, Joshua Tree, Squamish B.C., Acadia Nat'l Park, Pemberton and locally in the Green Mts., White Mts., and Adirondacks. His favorite backcountry ski descents include the Super C Couloir (Portillo, Chile), Girls Mountain & the Worthington Glacier, (Valdez AK), Shoot the Moon Couloir (Teton Nat'l Park, WY), The Duchess (Tuckerman Ravine, NH), Katahdin, ME, Big Jay (Jay, VT), and a first descent of The Honeymoon Suite (Portillo, Chile).