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Jean-Claude

JEAN-CLAUDE

NAME  Jean-Claude Piessevaux
BORN IN  Santiago, Chile
ROLE  Finance Director and Spondylus Associate
SPECIALITY  High Mountain Archaeology, Photography
LANGUAGES  Spanish, French, English
MAIL  jean-claude@spondylus-chile.com
For the last 25 years, Jean-Claude Piessevaux has explored, photographed, researched and travelled in different places of Chile & South America. Nephew to one of the founders of the Club Alpin Belge, his temperament does not let him stay still. By riding a motorcycle or a bike, by climbing, or even by doing some water sport, Jean-Claude has discovered every corner he was determined to and, from his very personal point of view, he has photographed his own experience.

Climbing remote or inaccessible mountains, or finding new routes to them are some of his favourite activities.

The Andes Range is his main aim due to the important presence of the Inca Empire almost all over it. His expeditions are normally characterized by an archaeological interest, this is how he has explored the main Inca high altitude sanctuaries, climbing the so called "Apus" or Inca sacred mountains.

After participating in the expedition that measured the altitude of the Ojos del Salado volcano, "In Search of the Roof of America", Hans-Martin Schmitt invited him to participate in the SPONDYLUS project, so he could be able to transmit his experiences, and help those who want to go with them to make their dreams come true.

Jean-Claude is always ready for adventures, expeditions and emotions. In his own words: "It is very exciting to walk where very few people have walked before".