Top guide award winners.

REI celebrates Top Guides from around the world in annual awards

Six guides from Tanzania, Portugal, Argentina, New Zealand, Ecuador, and the United States are honored

Mar 19, 2019

SEATTLE – REI has announced the winners of its Top Guide awards, an annual recognition honoring the company’s top travel guides from around the world. Six adventure experts representing Tanzania, Portugal, Argentina, New Zealand, Ecuador, and the United States take home this year’s honor.

The six guides receiving an REI Top Guide award include:

Kibacha Chalambo Athumani (Tanzania)
Trips: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu + Lemosho Route

Nuno Brouwer Rodrigues (Portugal)
Trips: Portugal Coastal Hiking

Claudio Silva (Chile)
Trips: Patagonia Multisport

Cimarron Anderson (United States)
Trips: Arizona Hiking – Sedona / Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch / Backpacking Joshua Tree National Park / Superstition Mountains Backpacking / Arizona Hiking – Tucson + Sonoran Desert / Four Corners Hiking – Discover the American Southwest / Yellowstone Backpacking – Black Canyon / Yellowstone + Grand Teton Hiking + Camping / Yellowstone Family Adventure / Bryce Women’s Hiking + Camping Weekend

Angela Sexton (New Zealand)
Trips: New Zealand Hiking – The Southern Alps

Cesar Romero (Ecuador)
Trips: Amazon Basin + Galapagos Islands Family Adventure / Galapagos Islands Multisport / Galapagos Islands + Machu Picchu Multisport

This is the 15th year that REI Adventures has awarded Top Guides. Winners are determined on the basis of consistently outstanding performance and customer feedback. The travel leader also gives significant consideration to guides who best represent REI’s values and brand, and partner with the co-op to strengthen the company’s travel offerings around the world.

REI’s sustainable, human-powered outdoor adventures explore destinations through activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking. Local guides are at the center of every experience, sharing their love of their region through off the beaten path exploration and meaningful interactions with local cultures, communities, and businesses. In addition to the wide range of responsibilities an REI Adventures guide has in the field, guides are focused on limiting environmental impact when they lead trips for the co-op through using Leave No Trace principles and, wherever possible, utilizing reusable or recyclable materials.

The Top Guides are celebrated during a weeklong visit to REI headquarters, including on-campus festivities, touring Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle, and outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountains.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 167 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.