Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chris spent his summers in the Appalachian mountains before heading to college in the Rockies. Inspired by the Alps, Chris moved to Europe in 2017 and still lives in Italy today.
He started ALP in order to provide unique pilgrimage experiences integrating the Catholic faith, the outdoors, and the cultural wonders of Europe. He currently leads all of the trips with the help of friends, local guides, and a variety of business partners.
Chris is an alumnus of Wyoming Catholic College, The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He speaks French and Italian and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
ALP stands for Altum L’alto Pilgrimages. “Altum” is the Latin word for “deep” from Luke 5:4 when Christ tells Simon Peter “Duc in altum” which means “Put out into the deep”. St. John Paul II is known for frequently quoting this phrase. “L’alto” is Italian for “the heights” from Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s phrase “Verso l’alto” which means “Towards the heights”.
Our logo is an image of a mountain reflecting on the water to signify both the “deep” and the “heights”.