Aleksey started climbing as a teenager in the Caucasian Mountains near his hometown of Krasnodar, Russia. Since then, he has had 30 years of climbing and mountaineering experience in the Alps, Caucasus, Crimea, Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Canada, Mexico, New England, and Alaska. Aleksey has put up a dozen first ascents in Alaska, Yosemite, British Columbia, New England, and the Caucasus, some of them featured in the American Alpine Journal and Rock and Ice. A teacher by education, he has worked with children of all ages; for the past 11 years, he has developed safety-conscious, well-rounded climbing and other outdoor programs for youngsters and the young at heart. His students compete at the regional, divisional, national, and world levels. A number of his students became U.S. National Champions and U.S. National Team members. Aleksey is a graduate of the Appalachian Mountain Club Leadership School and is also Wilderness First Responder, CPR and First Aid Certified. He graduated from Krasnodar Mechanic Technology College with a bachelor's degree in engineering and from Kiev University with a bachelor's degree in history.