Erik Decamp

Mountain Guide

One of Chamonix's most experienced guides. Experience. Curiosity. Professionalism. Passion.

My name is Erik Decamp and I've been an UIAGM guide for 30 years and an ENSA teacher (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme in Chamonix) for 10 years. Guiding people and realising top level ascents, I have been on more than fifteen successful expeditions in the Himalayas, Peru, Argentina, Antarctica, Greenland and Africa. In 1990 I went to the summit of Everest and I have climbed all over the world; USA, Morocco, Kenya, Norway... and in the Alps. I guess you could say I'm in love with the mountains!

Professional speaker, photographer and author

For the last 10 years I've helped companies, teams and individuals by talking and teaching about my experiences as an alpinist and a guide. Many of the experiences and lessons learnt in the field of mountaineering have a direct impact on how you can live both your personal and day-to-day business life. I'm also a professional photographer and an author of several books and articles.

An early start

My experience is the fruit of a passion born in 1972, at the age of 18. Born in Paris, I discovered the mountains with my parents, but climbing turned out to decide my future. With the energy of youth I couldn't waste a single day – after three years I had done many of the most difficult climbs in the Alps and I decided to become a guide. Something I have never regretted!

The scientist

In addition to my guiding career, my keen interest in mathematics and engineering has brought me a graduate degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, one of the most prestigious technical schools in France. This solid scientific background was confirmed by 15 years of research in mathematics and computer science.

The ENSA professor

As a young guide, I became a Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme in Chamonix, teaching students how to become a professional guide. After 10 years of teaching, I decided to leave my academic position and focus on my own career.

Guide and engineer

Since then I have followed both routes, sometimes teaching but trying to spend more time in the mountains than in the office! My passion for alpinism has fed my motivation for guiding and my clients can discover mountaineering and climbing at their own level, as well as developing new skills. My corporate activities are a direct result of the creative interaction between my background and my experience.