Francisco is Chilean and has been climbing for more than 25 years, he is the president of the Chilean Mountain Guides Association and has been an active guide for almost two decades. He is one of the most competent guides in South America. Has climbed extensively in the Central Andes, Patagonia, Alps, Himalayas and the US. He is a former Nols Instructor and he has been guiding on Aconcagua since 1986. He has guided on Mount Everest. Speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.