Santiago has worked with COBS for two seasons and is coming to his third as a mountain and rock Lead Instructor based out of Leadville. He is a graduate from the adventure guide diploma program at Thompson Rivers University, Canada. He is also a certified ASEGUIM (Asociación Ecuatoriana de Guias de Montaña) guide, WFR, Rope Rescue Team Leader, SAR Manager, and Swift Water Rescue Level II Technician.
In the off season Santiago travels, climbs and takes photos. He is a professional Photographer, Big Wall Climber, Mountain Guide, Instructor, Nature Lover, Surfer Wanna-be, Ecuador mi país, Travel Addict, Expedition Dreamer, and former pro-tennis player.