Isabelle Santoire

Mountain Leader

Chamonix

As a French Canadian, I grew up in the extreme winters of Quebec. It wasn't until I came to Switzerland, 20 years ago as a teacher, that I discovered the high mountains. Since those first steps, my life has taken a dramatic change. Whilst finishing a Masters degree in Adult Education in Geneva, I found myself drawn ever closer to the rock walls and snows of the European Alps.
My extensive adventures around the world include: traversing the Alps on telemarks, experiencing the high altitude of Aconcagua, Denali and Ama Dablam, battling spin drifts in Alaska and exploring the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia. This motivated me to pursue my passion as a career. I'm now one of 16 women in France to have made the mountains my home as a professional mountain guide and member of the UIAGM. I'm based in the Chamonix valley. I can point out most summits and tell you a story about a climb I have done or a North Face on which I have shivered on.
Being the proud mum of 2 young children, I have to adapt my mountaineering aspirations. I continue to live in the constant search for perfect balance enabling others to achieve their alpine dreams safely and spending time with my family. Climbing, mountaineering and skiing remain a source of inspiration to me. Whether on rock or ice, in the mountains or sports climbing, I relishe these forms of creative expression. I need daily challenges, the search for a solution to the seemingly impossible.
I love to share this vertical world I'm privileged to live in. My goals are to encourage others to experience the same and to go beyond their own perceived physical and mental limits.


Languages:

English, French

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