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Andrea Charest

AMGA Certified Ice Instructor, Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Assistant Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide

Andrea is Petra Cliffs' Co-Owner, an instructor and guide. Andrea began working for Petra Cliffs in 2002 as a birthday party facilitator, and has moved through each and every position, indoors and out, along the way to proprietorship. Andrea is committed to providing a high quality Climbing Center and Mountaineering School and offering its guests, members and employees a positive environment and valuable education. Andrea enjoys every season as a rock and ice climbing and backcountry ski guide, and when she's not working... she is chasing after her daughter (who began climbing stairs at 9 months old!), climbing or skiing.

Andrea is involved with the following associations and endeavors:

  • AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association)
  • Climbing Wall Instructor (2008)
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor (2009)
  • Rock Instructor Course (September 2011)
  • Ice Instructor Course (February 2013)
  • Advanced Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam (Pass-- with the fastest overall rescue time! October 2014)
  • Alpine Guide Course (September 2015)
  • Rock Guide Exam (October 2015)
  • Ice Instructor Exam (2023)
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education) Levels I & II
  • NY State Licensed Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Camping & Hiking Guide
  • Chicks with Picks/Chicks Rock Guide
  • Guest Guide for the Smuggs Ice Bash, Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest, Adirondack Mountainfest, Bozeman Ice Fest, and Ouray Ice Festival
  • Competitor in Ouray Elite Mixed Climbing Competition 2013, 2014; Bozeman World Cup Mixed Competition 2013
  • CRAG-VT Board Member, Treasurer 2012-2021
  • Ice Ambassador