In 2002, Amber Christensen met an Argentine mountain guide on Aconcagua, the southern hemisphere’s highest peak. Seven years later he died tragically on the summit, leading Christensen to establish a foundation to improve the search and rescue system on Aconcagua and other mountains. This is a story of love, death, and moving mountains. Christensen recounts her journey of bicultural love and grief, which brings her back again and again to a twisting mountain trail that offers her transformation, transcendence, and an ultimate acceptance: that in any language, culture, or moment, comprender la muerte es comprender la vida (to understand death is to understand life).
Amber Christensen is a survivor and founder of the “El Fede” Campanini Foundation, in memory of her husband. It is dedicated to improving mountain rescue on Aconcagua and other commercial climbing areas. She is also a passionate climber, world traveler, and teacher. Christensen resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she teaches ESL at the University of Utah.