He started the process to become a certified guide at the age of 18, receiving certifications from ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association) in 2013 and IFMGA in 2016. Along the way, he’s proven to be a force of nature, combining his passion for elevation with a rare blend of strength, skill, an instinctive sense of mountaineering, unwavering commitment, and the ability to connect and communicate with his rope partners. His love of mountains has led him to explore everything from 8000ers to unclimbed big walls in the most remote corners of the Earth.
Topo’s personal accomplishments make him a world-class climber, but what makes him an exceptional guide is his devotion to sharing his knowledge and passion with others. He says of guiding, “I want to share with people the importance of being sincere and genuine about what we do. For me, being a guide means being a bridge of safety, joy, and energy in other people’s path to make their wildest dreams come true.” His uncanny ability to accurately assess risk and reward and to know when and how far to safely push limits has allowed him to lead multiple expeditions to summits that many didn’t think possible.