Chenchen Xu

Chenchen X.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Expedition 1a & Blue Ridge Expedition 2

Chenchen hails from the Fuling district in Chongqing, China, but now resides in Vermont. She is a writer and regular contributor to China’s largest outdoor recreation magazine; she’s also written for several rock climbing websites. Chenchen was a climbing instructor and spent her younger years as a competitive climber. She’s fluent in both Chinese and English, and she is joining Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.

  • Education: Université Jean Monnet in France; bachelor’s degree in economic and social administration
  • Medical certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Favorite outdoor memory: I climbed the three-pitch rock climbing route Humanality with my husband last month in Thailand. It’s quite complicated terrain and requires commitment, boldness, technique, and imagination. Two days later, we climbed it again.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: Summiting Mt. Siguniang (aka Dafeng), a 20,510-foot peak in western China and UNESCO Heritage Site; climbing three 5.12 routes in three weeks; and summiting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Sahale Peak, Kangaroo Temple, and Early Winter Spire in one summer.
  • Countries visited: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States
  • Favorite hobbies: I love rock climbing, mountaineering, and snowboarding.