Mount Everest 2017 guide Geoff Schellens was raised in Norwich, Vermont but spends most of his time traveling the world to satisfy his passion for climbing. This passion is in his blood, inspired by his Mother, Beth, who has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mont Blanc. When little Geoff was 11, he decided that he was an adult and that it was time for him to face Mother Nature. He designed his first climbing harness out of backpack straps and set out to find some rock. His Father, Dick, acted as an enabler and belayed him from his leather belt. When he was 13, he tried to buy his first climbing rope but the salesperson said that he was too young. Instead Geoff purchased climbing shoes, which in hindsight, was probably more dangerous than him buying a rope.
After some trial and error Geoff taught himself some of the basics. He attended Prescott College where he pursued his passion for climbing and graduated with a degree in Adventure Education. He took his love for climbing and and passion for sharing it with others and began his guiding career. Geoff has worked and climbed all over the world from Patagonia to Tibet, Alaskan peaks to frozen waterfalls of Montana.
Everest has crossed every climbers mind and is often a controversial topic amongst climbers. “I truly believe that any climber that say they don’t want to climb Everest is lying to themselves”. Given the perfect opportunity everyone would want to see how they do on the highest peak in the world. Geoff now has that perfect opportunity, to climb with his long time friend John, with the best guide company in the business.
“The key to expedition climbing is patience and having fun.” Summiting Everest is the ultimate goal but I believe the journey is the most rewarding aspect of the adventure.
Geoff’s perfect evening would include puppies, burritos and scotch. He is quite the catch but you will have to chase him! And guess what… he loves to cook!