JB Chandesris

JB Chandesris

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Jean-Baptiste, or JB, has been climbing and skiing in the French Alps since his childhood. His inherent sense of adventure and exploration has taken him to mountains across the globe, from the wild cliffs of Jordan to the icy expanse of Antarctica.

  • Bio

    JB PhotoJB started guiding when he was 21, initially working mainly in the French Alps, before joining the AC team in New Zealand where he has spent a number of summers, and more recently in the Himalaya and Antarctica. JB enjoys the expedition life and challenge that comes with high-altitude mountaineering, recently achieving the summit of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) without oxygen.

    Fluent in English, French and Spanish, you'll find JB is an adept and engaging companion in the mountains. When he's not working or climbing you'll most likely find him flying his paraglider, which he recently flew from the summit of Aconcagua!

    JB is an IFMGA guide and you'll find him guiding for the AC team in New Zealand, Europe and the Himalaya - ready to seek new adventures and he looks forward to sharing more great moments in the mountains!

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  • International Expeditions

    • Manaslu 2019, Expedition Leader and summit
    • Aconcagua - 2019 (paraglided from the summit - read about it here), 2020
    • Dhaulagiri - 2017 (Summited without oxygen)
    • Elbrus - Lead Guide, 2018, 2019 x 2
    • Mount Vinson - Guide, 2017, Lead Guide, 2019 (x 2)
  • JB's Testimonials

    "JB did an excellent job: organized, caring, funny, relaxed but on-task."
    Mark Milewski, USA, Vinson 2019

    "JB was such an awesome guide and person! Extremely well skilled and easy to get along with. We had a really fun time climbing this week."
    Annie Paras, Aoraki Mount Cook 2018

    "JB clearly knew everything about the place from weather, huts and routes down to local French nuances."
    Finn Ghent, New Zealand, Mont Blanc Ascent 2018