Andrea Charest is Petra Cliffs' Climbing Center Manager, SumMAT Camp Director, and is an AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor and AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. Andrea has a B.A. in Psychology from University of Vermont. She has been with Petra Cliffs since 2002, and has been guiding and teaching rock and ice climbing since 2003. Andrea's climbing life was sparked in the 90's at Beam's Rocks in Western PA, a small limestone crag.
Andrea now enjoys sport, traditional, and ice climbing as often as possible, as well as skiing and ski mountaineering. She has skied extensively throughout the Western Hemisphere, from Portillo (Chile) and glacier skiing in Thompson Pass (AK), to Katahdin (ME), Mt. Washington (NH), and the fabulous local backcountry.
Steve Charest is Petra Cliffs' Program Director and Lead Guide. He has been professionally guiding rock, ice, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering programs since 2001. Steve has a degree in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College and has completed a NOLS Outdoor Educators Course for Mountaineering & Rock Climbing, the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course, the AMGA Rock Instructor Course, the AMGA Ski Guide Course, and the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam. He is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor, AIARE level III Avalanche Practitioner and a Level I AIARE Instructor.
Steve has climbed extensively throughout the US & Canada, including Devil's Tower, Joshua Tree, Squamish B.C., Acadia Nat'l Park, and locally in the Green Mts., White Mts., and Adirondacks. His favorite backcountry ski descents include the Super C Couloir (Portillo, Chile), Girls Mountain & the Worthington Glacier, (Valdez AK), Shoot the Moon Couloir (Teton Nat'l Park, WY), The Duchess (Tuckerman Ravine, NH), Katahdin, ME, Big Jay (Jay, VT).