Karsten Delap is a professional climber and athlete ambassador who grew up in the flatlands of Indiana and has since climbed all over the world—including summiting 17,000-foot peaks in Bolivia and Ecuador. Delap became the first American Mountain Guides Association–certified Alpine Guide in the Southeast in 2013. Delap has dedicated his career to guiding, and has a host of trainings, including AMGA Ski Guide course, Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 1, and American Avalanche Institute Level 3. He volunteers for rescue teams across the country as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certified in ACA Advanced Swift Water Rescue. He has previously served on the board of directors for the AMGA and is currently on the board of and serves as the technical director for the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team. He is also a SPRAT level 1 Technician.