About Us

Explore-Share Team

ABOUT US

Explore-Share.com was founded in 2013 by Gauthier and Nicolas, two mountaineering and ski touring fans who found it difficult to find qualified mountain guides during their trips around the globe.

Together with Tomás,  Nicolás, Ryoko and Guadalupe, the Explore-Share team works in partnership with mountain guides and mountain leaders around the world in order to help them promote their services and find new clients.

OUR MISSION

At Explore-Share, we believe great outdoor activities enrich peoples’ lives. Our mission is to encourage users to get out there and fulfill their dreams!

At Explore-Share we hope to:

  • Promote guided mountain activities as a great way to enjoy nature and the outdoors.
  • Promote mountain safety by working with certified guides, raising awareness and offering guided courses.
  • Use our expertise to promote less well-known areas and activities that we believe should receive more attention.

THE TEAM

Gauthier Poncelet Explore & ShareGAUTHIER PONCELET

Co-founder – gauthier@explore-share.com

Gauthier discovered the mountains at the age of 3 in les Contamines-Montjoie (Haute Savoie, France) where he learned to ski. Ever since, he has had the chance to ski and trek in beautiful places in China, Japan, Nepal, Morocco, Argentina, Corsica… and the Alps of course.

Before launching Explore-Share.com, Gauthier was a business consultant in China, Singapore and Brussels. He graduated from Ichec Brussels Management School and received an Executive Master’s degree from Solvay Business School. Currently based in Brussels, he is in charge of the mountain guide community at Explore-Share.com and is in close contact with European guides.

Particularly goal-oriented, he strives to make Explore-Share.com the ultimate platform for mountain guides to promote what they do best: create wonderful experiences for their clients. Get in touch with him if you need inspiration for your next mountain adventure. He will be happy to help!

Gauthier most recent guided mountain trips include a Matterhorn ascent via the Lion’s ridge (Italian side) and a ski tour in Finnmark (Norway). In January 2018, Gauthier and some of his friends will go on a ski trip to Hokkaido, Japan, with Daisuke, a local IFMGA mountain guide.


Nicolas Vandepaer Explore & ShareNICOLAS VANDEPAER

Co-founder – nicolas@explore-share.com

Nicolas’ passion for the mountains was born during family ski trips as a young child and only grew stronger as he grew up. He enjoys many outdoor activities — from trekking to horseback riding, and from summit ascents to ski touring — and particularly appreciates how they lead to the exploration and discovery of new and foreign cultures.

Nicolas is originally from Belgium and is currently based in Argentina. Before Explore-Share.com, he founded Magissim, a web agency working for small and medium companies, and worked as a Manager for real estate projects in Morocco and Argentina. He is an Industrial Engineer from Louvain School of Management and has a master’s degree from CEMS.

At Explore-Share.com, he is in charge of business development and the product development team and strives to make the platform as user-friendly as possible for both users and guides. Feel free to contact him with suggestions for the site!

His last guided mountain trip was the Cerro Solo ascent, in El Chaltén (Argentina).


Explore-Share Team - TomásTOMÁS ICHASO

Communications – tomas@explore-share.com

Tomás discovered the mountains at a young age as he traveled around the south and west of Argentina with his family. He enjoys traveling around remote corners of the globe and learning from different cultures and has been lucky to travel around South America, Europe and New Zealand. He is also an avid rock climber.

Before joining Explore-Share, he worked in audiovisual production, photography, marketing and public and institutional communications. He has an undergraduate degree in Communication.

Tomás’ last guided trip was an ascent of the Domuyo Volcano in Patagonia.


Ryoko Amano Explore & ShareRYOKO AMANO

Business development – ryoko@explore-share.com

Ryoko was born in Japan but spent her childhood in Japan, Hungary, and the UK. She started skiing at the age of 4 but it was at Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix and seeing ski mountaineers there that started her affair with the mountains. Since then, she has traveled the globe in search of mountaineering, climbing and skiing adventures, from powder snow in Japan to high altitude ski mountaineering in Ecuador, and from Iran, France, Italy and Switzerland to the US.

Before joining Explore & Share, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Nomura, where she worked as a structurer for 8 years. She holds a Masters’ degree in Mathematics from University College London and also studied Mathematics and Physics at Caltech.

Ryoko first contacted Explore & Share as a user and thought it would be great to introduce the platform to her home market in Japan. You can reach out to her to find out more about guided trips in Japan or anywhere else in the world! She works from Chamonix – the birth town of mountain guiding – where she is also developing her new interest in paragliding and speed riding.

Ryoko’s last guided trips were: a 3-day backcountry ski tour in Shirakawa and a tent-based backcountry ski trip on Teshiodake, Hokkaido. Both are well kept secret spots of Japanese powder skiing!


Guadalupe Alvarez Montserrat Explore & ShareGUADALUPE ALVAREZ MONTSERRAT

Sales – lupe@explore-share.com

Lupe’s love for the mountains was born at the age of 4, when her mom took her to the Andes for the first time. Since then, she spends all her free time seeking new, exciting adventures within South America and other corners of the world. She studied Hospitality Management and Tourism in Buenos Aires and is a full-time Scout Leader. As a Scout Leader, she has the chance to develop her real passions: being in contact with nature, camping a lot and meeting people from all over the world who share her same interests!

Lupe loves to explore places with mountains and rivers, where she can hike, rock climb and practice rafting. She is always looking to discover places that “awaken her soul”.