Dream Guides is run by Guy Willett and Kenton Cool, both keen enthusiasts and IFMGA Guides. All other Guides we employ are well known to us, at the top of their game and handpicked for their ability, personality and experience. Whether at intro level or expert, you will be guided by the best around!
Kenton has been climbing for over 20 years and in this time has established himself as one of the UK's leading alpine climbers with an impressive list of difficult ascents. In recent years, Kenton has been taking the skills honed by many seasons in the Alps and Scotland to the Greater Ranges with significant 1st ascents in Alaska, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
These ascents reached a peak in 2003 with a major new route on Annapurna III (7,555m) for which Kenton, along with his two partners, were nominated for the prestigious Piolet D'Or Award in France. (An international award given to the best alpine-style ascent of the year). Kenton has been a popular and successful Expedition guide, having led a number of teams to summits in Nepal, including Ama Dablam.
In May 2006 he became the first and only Briton to climb Everest three times, successfully guiding clients to the summit on each occasion. With Dream Guides successful Cho Oyu expedition in October 2006, Kenton made the first British ski descent of an 8000m peak. And if that's not enough, in 2007, Kenton summited Everest twice - successfully guiding all Dream Guides' clients to the top and in the process bringing his summit tally at that time to five. Kenton is currently the only European to summit 11 times and to summit twice in a season... Kenton is also known for guiding Sir Ranulph Fiennes up the North Face of the Eiger and on Everest, and in 2010 led Bonita Norris to the summit of Everest.
Guy has been skiing for 32 years and telemarking since 1998. With a number of rare telemark descents around Chamonix, in Alaska's Chugach range and in Arctic Svalbard, he is one of Britain's top free-heel and alpine ski mountaineers. He has skied steeps and couloirs in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, British Columbia, Alaska, Svalbard, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. In 2006 he telemarked fom 7100m on Tibet's Cho Oyu and in 2007 made 7 first descents in the Watkins mountains of east Greenland along with the 1st British/2nd overall descent of Gunnbjornsfjeld - the '8th summit' and highest in the Arctic. In 2009 Guy summited Manaslu (8156m) and made what is probably the first 'complete' ski descent of the world's 8th highest mountain.
Guy has been climbing since University days and has climbed in Patagonia, Pakistan, Khyrghistan, Alaska, the USA and all over the UK and European Alps. In 2003 Guy put up a major new route on Denali's 2000m Father and Sons wall, in cutting edge style - a lightweight 52 hour single push.
Guy is also a qualified medical doctor, graduating from Dundee Medical School in 1999, with a diploma in high altitude medicine and physiology.
Rob is one of the best high altitude performers that we know. By 2006 he had been to Everest's South side 3 times, coming away with 2 summits and close to a third. In 2006, with one day off after summiting Everest, he set off to climb Lhotse (8501m) being thwarted only 150m from the top with broken crampons. In 2007, Rob summited everest twice, the second time in a guiding role for Dream Guides. Rob has summitted Everest 7 times...
His first 8000m peak was Cho Oyu (8201m) and in 2006 he returned with us, successfully guiding 2 climbers to the top.
When not in the Himalaya, Rob is usually to be found in Bath, England working as a doctor or Canada with his fiance. Most recently, however, he has been rowing across the Atlantic!
2008 saw Rob back on Everest alongside Kenton, as a guide and camera man for Sir Ranulph Fiennes. And in 2009 Rob added Manaslu's summit to his tally whilst guiding for Dream Guides.
Lars is an internationally qualified IFMGA/UIAGM Guide, originally from Belgium, he has over 20 years of experience climbing in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. He has more than 80 Mont Blanc ascents in the bag. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars has worked with us a lot and last year guided Sir Richard Brason with us!
Fabio is orignally from Barcelona, Spain and has been guiding since 1987. He has travelled all over the world dedicated his life to not only climbing but a number of outdoor activities. Heading out of the Pyrenees in 91-92 he climbed throughout North America (Yosemite, Devils Tower, Indian Creek, Joshua tree) and became the first Spanish alpinist to climb certain routes in North America (Ex.: Sleepstream WI4, VI °. 1,000 m. Columbia Icefields. Canada. However Fabio's guiding is not limited to America - he has worked in Ethiopia, Senegal, Cambodia, and Madagascar. Since 2009 he has concentrated in alpine guiding (Peru, Canada, Nepal) especially in the French Alps (Chamonix) where he works during the summer season guiding the Montblanc Massif, Valais and others. Fabio is the head guide of our Barcelona climbing and is the only guide i know to have guided a Princess (Princess Beatrice) up Mont Blanc and more recently olypic athlete Dwain Chambers both with Dream Guides.
Miha is an IFMGA mountain guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and incredible Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 15 years all over the planet, including Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalayas, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalayas, climbed a sport route up to 8a, climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps. Miha likes to travel and explore different mountain areas. Sometimes as a keen sport climber on enjoyable sport climbing holidays or as an expedition leader on several expeditions to the Himalayas. He is still discovering, as he says, the best mountain range - the Alps, and likes to climb and ski all over. In the last years he combined his passion for mountains and climbing with guiding. Miha is a key DG team member and we are lucky to have him!
Federico grew up in Bariloche in the north of Patagonia, Argentina where he got his enthusiasm and love for the mountains.
He has climbed in many places in South America such as the stunning Patagonia, Peru and Aconcagua. He later began exploring and climbing in Europe like Chamonix, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Croatia. He is a certified UIAGM guide since 2008 as well as a ski instructor and also a certificate from the Canadian avalanche association Level 1. He has also been teaching in the guide courses for the Argentinian Mountain Guides Association (AAGM). Currently Federico splits his time between working in Argentina and here in Chamonix and speaks English, Spanish and Italian.
Tomasso was born in Verona, Italy. Attached to the Dolomites getting to know the mountains very well since he was a kid, he aimed since he can remember to become a climber and alpinist to reach the mountains he dreamt and grew up around.
He became an alpine guide in 2008 and since then has had the chance to reach the top of the highest mountains in the alps including Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Pizzo Bernina, Ortles, Cevedale and Presanella. His love for the mountains became irresistible when he went to Nepal in 2010 and did a solo climb and first ascent of the Mayamama Peak (5247m) .
"To me, making people accomplish their dreams is the biggest satisfaction I could imagine"
Adam has spent the last 20 years climbing rocks, frozen waterfalls and snowy lumps around the world. Adam grew up in the USA and has climb extensively throughout North America. Since 2007 he has worked full time as a mountain guide in all disciplines of climbing and skiing. He has guided the infamous Eiger Northface, long rock climbs in the Verdon and above Chamonix, and has been hired to race in the Patrouill des Glaciers ski mountaineering race from Zermatt to Verbier. He currently resides in Chamonix with his wife and daughter.
Jorge is a new addition to our dream team summer 14. From the Pyrenees mountain range he spends his summers in Chamonix. He has been described as cool calm and collected! We are very glad to have him on the team.
Emma is one of our International Mountain Leaders who leads many of our treks. She has been making people laugh across the alpine passes of the world for many a year now!
All our Sherpas come from Pangboche in the Khumbu. Their ability at extreme altitude puts us to shame and their willingness for hard work, whilst always smiling, is humbling. Over the years they have become our friends, as well as climbing partners.
They all speak good english and are well versed in mountaineering techniques and oxygen systems, and they all have an enviable record on the 8000m peaks - each with multiple summits of Everest and others.
We couldn't run our High Altitude expeditions without them and our trusty Sirdar Kame, the ultimate 'fixer'.
Our regular team of IFMGA Guides includes: Mark Thomas, Tim Connelley, Adam George, Lori Lorencic, Krister Johansson, Mark Charlton along with top BASI ski instructors Simon Christy and Claire Summers.
They are each chosen for their ability, professionalism and friendliness. They are friends of ours and we vouch for them!