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BIO - Melissa Arnot

Avex(R) is proud to have professional mountain guide Melissa Arnot as a sponsored athlete. As recently stated in an article for Utah Adventure Journal, Melissa calls her Avex products one of her "secret weapons" when climbing high altitudes. Here's a little more background info about Melissa:
Melissa has made her life about exploring the beautiful mountains of the world. She is passionate about climbing and pushing her own limits, but her ultimate joy comes from taking that journey with others, helping them push their limits and get to their own summit.
A professional mountain guide, working internationally since 2004, Melissa has stood on the top of many of the worlds most stunning peaks alongside clients who reached their dreams getting there. It is the motivation of her clients that inspires her to push herself and achieve her own goals. Working as a remote site EMT and wilderness medicine instructor for the past nine years, Melissa brings together her desire to care for and teach people. With safety as the driving ethic behind every adventure she embarks on, Melissa has made her mark as a caring guide and passionate adventurer.

Climbing Resume

  • 2001 - First Mt. Rainier summit
  • 2004 - Became professional mountain guide with Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
  • 2006 - Promoted to lead guide with Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
  • 93 summits of Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet/ 4,392 meters)
  • 4 summits of Mt. Everest - record holder (29,035 feet/8,850 meters)
  • 4 expeditions on Aconcagua (22,841 feet/ 6,962 meters)
  • 4 expeditions on Cotopaxi (19,997 feet/ 5,897 meters)
  • 3 expeditions on Cayambe (18,997 feet/ 5,790 meters)
  • 2 expeditions on Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet/5895 meters)
  • 1 expedition on Mt. McKinley (20,320 feet/ 6,194 meters)

Medical certifications

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate
  • Emergency Medical Technician Instructor
  • Basic Life Support Instructor
  • U.S. Avalanche Level II
  • 2006 to current - Annual Mountain Guide & Rescue Training
  • B3 Basic Aviation Safety Course
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Philanthropic endeavors

  • 2008 - Summited Mt. Everest as part of the Everest Team Inspi(RED) to promote HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa
  • 2010 & 2013 - Led celebrity Summit on the Summit climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for global clean water crisis
  • 2012 - Launched non-profit with fellow mountain guide, Dave Morton, to provide life insurance and cover rescue expenses of mountain workers