• Santi Padros

My mountaineering?
Simple as a smile, to share with my partner, my friends and my clients.

“Mountaineering as a way to stay in the mountains, as a form of thought and life, as simple as a smile, to share with my partner, my friends and my clients”.
This is the thought of Santi Padros, a Spanish mountain guide who has chosen to live in the Dolomites of the Val di Zoldo.

His life as a mountaineer began at 15 and until he was 20 he devoted himself above all to ski mountaineering, ice climbing and canyoning in the Pyrenees. After twenty years his horizons broaden, first towards Europe, with mountaineering on classic difficulties and with ski mountaineering, and later in 2003, thanks to a trip to Yosemite for a few months, his life changed radically. In 2006 he became a mountain guide, decides to move to live in the Val di Zoldo and here he dedicates himself with increasing commitment and passion to ice climbing.

In Santi’s mountaineering career, to date, there are four expeditions in the Himalayas with four new routes opened in Nepal (Karyolung 6511 m, Kang Nachugo 6735 m and on the west face of Ama Dablam), four expeditions in Patagonia with two new ascents in Cerro Adela (Cerro Torre group), a solo expedition on the Cordillera Blanca in Peru where he made two new extreme skiing descents. He has traveled to Oman and Morocco, climbing to Reunion Island, Greece and the USA, New Zealand and Kyrgystan on mountaineering skis.

In addition to the activity of Alpine Guide and Canyoning, which he carries out in Italy and abroad, he is an instructor of Guide Canyoning in Italy, collaborates as a guide instructor in the Spanish schools where Alpine Guides, Accompanying Guides and Canyoning Guides are trained.

Santi Padros collaborates with AKU as a product tester.

“I walk, climb, ski, canyoning, with those who want me to accompany him and with all the people I like their company”

My favorite AKU

Santi Padros‘ favorite footwear is the AKU Tengu Lite GTX.
  • Ezio Marlier

Ezio Marlier icon of modern ice and mixed technical climbing

Ezio was born and raised in the Aosta Valley, he is a mountain guide, athlete and mountaineer. Master of piolet traction, for thirty years an icon of modern ice and mixed climbing at an international level. He has opened routes on mountains all over the world, although Mont Blanc and the Alps remain his main terrain; his specialty is ice climbing, but he also practices sport climbing at excellent levels and, thanks to his profession as a mountain guide, he lives the mountains every day.

Ezio Marlier collaborates with AKU as a product tester.

“My motto is freeway: the freedom to choose your own roads, in mountaineering as well as in everyday activities”

My favorite AKU

For mountain activities as a mountain guide Ezio Marlier uses different footwear: AKU HAYATSUKI GTX at high altitude and in winter environments, while AKU TENGU GTX for light activities at low altitude.

  • Ruggero Alberti

More than a photographer, he prefers to define himself as a mountain man who lives his own mountain and as such has a deep respect for it

Photographer and mountaineer, with a degree in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, born and raised at the foot of the Pale di San Martino, he managed to combine his passion for the mountains with photography. More than a photographer, he prefers to define himself as a mountain man who lives his own mountain and as such has a deep respect for it.

“For many people the mountain is simply an element of the landscape, something beautiful, to be admired from home or during their holidays, for others it is a mass of rock. For me, however, the mountain is everything. When I am on a peak or even simply in a forest, I feel alive and an integral part of everything around me. I love the mountain and I have a feeling of respect towards it that comes from the desire to know its deeper aspects, its rhythms and its will. I concretize my personal vision by getting up in the middle of the night to walk for several hours and reach little-frequented places. Other times I reach the top of a mountain at sunset and then stay there to sleep. Most of the time I’m always alone in these photographic outings.”

Ruggero collaborates with AKU as a photographer and product tester.

“I love the mountain and I have a feeling of respect towards it that stems from the desire to know its deeper aspects, its rhythms and its will”

My favorire AKU

For mountain activities as a photographer and mountaineer Ruggero Alberti uses the AKU Superalp NBK GTX model, a classic model designed for those who walk a lot, even on difficult terrain, with a heavy load on their shoulders.
  • Oscar
    Alemán Milán

Oscar is a high mountain guide, fond of Pyrenean cartography and geography

Oscar Aleman Milan is a Mountain and Ski Mountaineering Guide who works in the Pyrenees and the Alps. His activity in the mountains ranges from simple accompaniment to challenging exploratory missions to support scientific research in the geological and geographical field. For some time now, Oscar has been supporting his driving activity with an intense training activity, organizing courses at various levels in the field of mountain safety, snow science, ski mountaineering and working as a teacher at ETEVA, the Training School for Sports Technicians of the Val d ‘Aran.

Òscar collaborates with AKU as a product tester.

“I am very lucky, I can have fun in the mountains, both in technical and difficult activities, and in fun and family activities”

My favorite AKU

Òscar Alemán Milán’s favorite shoes are the AUK Trekker Pro GTX and AKU Selvatica GTX.
  • Peter Moser

In my activity as a mountain guide I have known many mountains, but every time I gladly return to the Lagorai, here I find a tranquility, a different air than other valleys.

Peter Moser is a mountaineer, mountain guide and mountain athlete with a versatile profile, able to express himself at high levels in any mountaineering context. His first ascent at the age of 12 on the Vajolet Towers with his uncle and then is a succession of dozens and dozens of ascents first on the great classic routes of the Dolomites and the Western Alps then on the more challenging and ambitious itineraries.
He became an alpine guide very young, at only twenty years old, shortly after he was called to be part of the High Mountain Military Group of the Army Sports Center, a five-year experience that allowed him to increase his athletic and mountaineering training, as well as in sport climbing and ski mountaineering, his great passion, practiced from a very young age at a competitive level.
His curriculum includes repetitions of sporting itineraries even higher than 8c, climbs to the great Norths, hundreds of routes in the Dolomites and throughout the Alps, numerous first openings both on rock and on ice.

Since 2019 Peter Moser has been collaborating with AKU as a tester and consultant in the development of mountaineering footwear.

“In February 2020, in 15 days, Peter Moser united over 200 peaks above 2000 meters in a long journey in the Lagorai-Cima d’Asta. A great adventure within nature and within yourself”

My favorite AKU

For mountain activities as an alpine guide and athlete Peter Moser uses different footwear: AKU HAYATSUKI GTX at high altitude and in winter environments, while AKU SELVATICA GTX for light activities at low altitude.

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