Cristina Pogacean

Cristina Pogacean

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

After discovering climbing relatively late on, Cristina took to the art at high speed. Starting out as an athlete, Cristina soon became a mountain guide, sharing her passion for the outdoors with others.

  • Bio

    Cristina portraitFollowing 9 years of competitive track and pole-vault, Romanian-born Cristina began climbing in 2004 after joining the Romanian Alpine Club. Between 2005 and 2016 she took part in numerous bouldering, sport climbing and ice climbing competitions in which she managed to win 36 prizes, taking first place on 20 occasions. In 2011, Cristina ranked 6th in the speed competition at the Ice Climbing World Cup in Busteni, before taking 8th in the same international championship the following year.

    Trained as civil engineer, Cristina became a mountain guide in 2013 and fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide in 2018. She now shares her time between Chamonix in France, Wanaka in New Zealand and her native Romania.

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  • Notable Ascents

    • Ama Dablam - AC Assistant Guide in 2019
    • Khan Tengri (7,010m/22,999ft), Kazakstan - North-East ridge in 2008 
    • Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft). Tibet, China - Attempt on a new route on the SW face up to 7,000m+ in 2011
    • Gandharva Chuli (6,248m/20,499), Annapurna, Nepal - First ascent by the SW/W ridge in 2013
    • Bhagirathi I (6,856m/22,493ft), Garwahl, India - SW face, attempt of a new line in 2014
    • T16 South Summit (6,431m/21,099ft), Zanskar, India - First ascent by the S face, “Supercouloir” 1200m+, ED snow 75* max, WI 4+, M5/6, 6b, C1 in 2016
    • Hanuman wall (4,700m/15,420ft), Ladakh, India - First ascent: Monkey Business TD+/6a+ 500m in 2017