IFMGA / ACMG Mountain Guide
CAA Level 2 Avalanche Certification
Cecelia has been climbing mountains for 20 years and guiding for the past 15. She guides in Canada, Antarctica, Alaska, Europe, South America and in the Cascades - which is the range where she learned to climb.
Cece has guided or climbed on six continents, including Antarctica, where she was the lead field mountaineer for the US Antarctic Program. Over the years, Cece has guided expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali, multi-summit tours to Bolivia, classic tours in the European Alps, traverses of the Northern Patagonia ice-cap, climbs of the volcanoes of Mexico and led numerous climbs up Rainier, Baker and other more technical peaks of the Cascades.
She is currently one of twenty women in North America with her full Mountain Guide certification and is now a certified IFMGA guide. Cece lives the life of a migratory bird: passing spring in Alaska or the deserts of the SW, summer in Squamish and the mountains of Canada and the Cascades, fall is the season for travel to Europe or Asia and winter will bring Cece back to the mountains of Canada and her home town of Revelstoke where she works as a ski guide.
In her free time, Cece loves to search out perfect crack climbing in Squamish or Zion, ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies, or seeks out deep powder skiing in the Columbia Mountains of Canada. In those rare moments when it's time to rest and take a break from the mountains, Cece enjoys cultural travel, yoga, a good book and hanging with friends from around the world. When journeying into the mountains with Cecelia, you will immediately sense her passion for climbing, guiding and ultimately, for inspiring others to live life to its fullest.
Media, Trip Reports and Publicity
- Ski Mountaineering in the remote Whakan Corridor, Afganistan
- Traverse of the Northern Patagonia Ice Cap in Chile 2011.
- Historic Boat trip down the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon
Trip Designer & Italian who enures that the trip runs in style
Giacomo loves to ski and travel. He has made it his life's passion to ski as many days of great powder in the winter and to share the delights of his Italy with guests in the summer while biking and walking through Italy's famous destinations. Giacomino is a master at partnering a great day skiing with a fabulous meal and glass of wine or with creatively mixing a week climbing and hiking in Italy with the perfect amount of cultural highlights and fabulous food.
About Aspire Mountain Journeys
Aspire Mountain Journeys was developed so that we could bring you into some of our favorite mountain destinations. Let us share with you how to Climb, ski and explore some of the most magical places on the planet with style. Cecelia Mortenson - Canada's 9th female Mountain Guide - brings the mountain expertise and Giacomo Fano brings a decade of high end adventure tourism experience. Together they ensure that your mountain adventure will be rewarding, safe and fun.
While most trips are guided by Cece, all guides at AMJ are certified by the ACMG / AMGA or other IFMGA country.
Throughout the year, Cece works with a variety of other companies: