Every business has a beginning and growing up in San Diego provided Chris the proverbial outdoor playground. His parents cultivated a strong love for outdoor adventure while living life to the fullest. He spent much time in the backcountry: climbing, backpacking, hiking, river rafting & snowboarding. After sidetracking and co-founding a technology company for 15 years, it was time to get back to his roots. He began enhancing his outdoor skillset pursuing the AMGA rock & alpine guiding track. Chris will soon open Xplore climbing gym in Soldotna, Alaska that will serve as his base of operations.
His passion and love for teaching alpine, rock, ice & rope rescue skills is readily apparent. He has guided trips & expeditions in Alaska, Africa, Italy, Croatia, Rocky Mountains, Canada, and the Sierra Nevada Range.
His children are competitive rock climbers and Avery recently set a few world records on Kilimanjaro, she's a total boss.
Chris Walden holds certifications & training in AMGA SPI Rock Instructor, Avalanche Level 1, Advanced Mountaineering, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Leave No Trace, & Advanced Open Water Diver.