Argentinian guide Ariel lives in San Rafael, Mendoza, one of the best rock climbing areas in the region. Ariel has been an IFMGA guide since 2012, and has worked on Aconcagua since 2002. He has served as an Instructor and Director of Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides' courses and is currently a member of the Technical Committee.
Ariel has achieved grades of up to 7C+ in sports climbing and 7B in trad climbing, and loves to seek out new areas and open up new routes. His first trad routes were in the Arenales region of Mendoza, an initiation that inspired Patagonian climbing in areas such as Frey, Bariloche, Piedra Parada, Chaltén and Puerto Cárdenas. Ariel has also climbed in the USA at Devil's Tower in Wyoming, The Diamond in the Rocky Mountains National Park, Eldorado Canyon in Colorado, Indian Creek in Utah and Yosemite National Park in California, amongst others. Ariel has climbed Aconcagua by four different routes, including the Polish Glacier, English Glacier and South-East Ridge, and has made rock and ice ascents of 5,000m peaks in the Mendocina mountain range and the Cordillera Real in Bolivia.
Also passionate about ski-mountaineering, Ariel has undertaken ski traverses in the ranges of Mendocina, San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche, Chaltén and the volcanoes of Chilean Patagonia. Having trained in nivo-meteorology for several winters, he has experience in risk management and avalanche control, as well as in the training of mountaineers and future professionals.
These days Ariel spends his summers guiding on Aconcagua and in winter can be found guiding ski touring in the Pehuenche Pass, south of Mendoza.