Tino Villanueva

Though he still calls the Pacific Northwest home, Tino is more often found skiing in the Chugach of Alaska and participating in high altitude expeditions in the Andes of South America, Caucasus of Russia and the greater ranges of Asia. While he spends much of his time guiding and climbing abroad, after his first taste of AK skiing in 2009, Tino has returned to the Chugach every season. In his off time, Tino scours the globe for unclimbed peaks and unskied lines to add to an ever-growing list of objectives.

Education & Training

  • IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Ski Guide, Alpine Guide, and Rock Guide
  • American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 3 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 Course Leader
  • American Avalanche Association Professional Member
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • B.S., Human Physiology, University of Oregon

Professional Experience

  • Mountain Guiding since 2005, guiding all mediums of mountain travel: Ski, Alpine and Rock
  • Selected guiding experience: Denali and Ruth Gorge, Alaska Range; Mt Logan, St. Elias Range; Aconcagua, Argentina; Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Iliniza, Ecuador; Mt. Elbrus Ski Descent, Caucasus, Russia; Pik Lenin (23,406 ft), Pamir Range, Kyrgyzstan; Mt. Kenya (17,057 ft)
  • Lead Guide, Mountain Madness, Washington Cascades and Abroad (2008-present)
  • Lead Ski Guide, Cascade Powder Cats (2009-present)
  • Avalanche Forecaster, Tailgate Alaska and World Freeride Championship (2012-2013)
  • Heli-Ski Guide, Valdez Heli-Camps; (2011)
  • Professional Ski Patrol, Crystal Mountain, WA (2006-2008)
  • Senior Guide, Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (2005-2007)
  • Mountain Guide, American Alpine Institute (2008)
  • Points North Heli-Adventures (2014-present)
  • Athlete/Ambassador, Helly Hansen (2011-present)

Selected Firsts

  • Rungofarka (6495m), North Ridge, India Himalaya, VI WI4+ M6 1200m
  • Pachermo (6275m), West Face, Nepal Himalaya, 4000 ft AI4 M5
  • Langmoche Ri (6611m), Northwest Ridge, Nepal Himalaya, 2000 ft 90 deg snow X
  • Peak 5766, new variation on Northwest Face, Nepal Himalaya, M4X
  • Girdle Traverse, Rolwaling Valley, Nepal, WI4
  • Till Death Do Us Part, Rolwaling Valley, Nepal, WI5+ M6
  • Butterface, Half Moon Spire, North Cascades, Grade III 5.10+
  • Pontoon Peak, North Face to Northeast Ridge, Chugach, Alaska; climbing ascent with ski descent, 58º
  • Peak 7490, Northwest Ridge to North Face, Chugach, Alaska with ski descent, 55º

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