Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Guiding since 2005
Language – Spanish
Approximate average number of guiding days per year (last 3 years): approx 40 in 2011 (20-30/year before that)
Other companies you have worked for: Yostmark backcountry tours, American Avalanche Institute.
Certifications (WFR, AMGA, etc.): WFR, AIARE I&II, AAI III, EMT, AMGA taught mountaineering course
Recent Training (Include course and date): WFR recertification 07, 09, 11
Personal or other information: father of 2, lives in Jackson full time, year round.
Narrative of Experience (continue on additional page if necessary):
Climbing and Ski Mountaineering throughout the United States with routes in Yosemite, Eldorado Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Creek, Squamish and Grand Teton National Park. Climbing in the Mt Blanc Massif, including the Mt. Blanc du Tacul and Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps. Ski descents of all major Teton Peaks. 10h39m hour ski enchainment of the Grand, Middle and South Tetons. 12 hour round trip ascent of the North Face of the Grand Teton, 4 hour car to car ascent of the Grand Teton and numerous other speed records in the Tetons. Climbs up to Grade V and 5.12b. Guided ski descents of The Grand Teton, Mt. Moran and others. Member of the 2007 US National Ski Mountaineering Team, Competitor in the 2008 World Championship in Champéry Switzerland, former member of the US La Sportiva Mountain Running Team.
Zahan is passionate about the mountain experience and a believer in the transformative power of the high and wild places for all people.