5+Years of ServiceDon Carpenter
Senior Guide: Kilimanjaro, Denali, Mount Rainier

Don Carpenter has eighteen years of experience guiding and teaching in the outdoors. Don has worked for Alpine Ascents on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Denali, Mt. Rainier, and the Cascades. Summers find him on Mt. Kilimanjaro. He enjoys the multi-faceted nature of these expeditions. There is the challenge of the climb coupled with the pleasure of working with the local guide team. He enjoys many aspects of Tanzania from the forests on Kilimanjaro, to the animals on the Serengeti, to exploration on the coast.

He is a co-owner of the American Avalanche Institute in Jackson, WY. His winters are busy teaching avalanche courses for the Institute and ski guiding. He loves skiing in his local mountains with numerous ski descents and tours in the Tetons.
Don is also a Senior Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School with 170 field weeks in the mountaineering and winter programs. These month long mountaineering expeditions have allowed him to travel extensively through the peaks of the Alaska, Chugach, and Wrangell ranges in Alaska.

Don has worked 20 NOLS winter ski expeditions in the mountains of Wyoming and Idaho. His expeditions have taken him to Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, Tanzania, and India. Don lives on the west slope of the Tetons with his wife Sarah. He enjoys hunting elk and running rivers near his home.

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Significant Ascents

5 climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro (guided) via Machame route
11 climbs Denali (8 guided) 9 via West Buttress, 2 via Muldrow Glacier
National Geographic sponsored ski expedition to climb and ski Mt. Isto and Chamberlin, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Alaska
Mt. Blackburn, Wrangell Mountains, Alaska
Mount Marcus Baker (guided), Alaska
2 climbs Mt. Vinson (guided) Antarctica
28 climbs Mt. Rainier (guided)
2 climbs Mt. Baker (guided)
1 day climb and ski descent of Mt. Rainier via Fuhrer Finger
Tordrillos Mountains, Alaska; 10 day ski mountaineering expedition
Central Chile and Argentina; 20 day ski mountaineering expedition
Ladakh Northern India; trekking and climbing expedition to Stok Kangre and Kang Yatze
Numerous ski tours and descents in the Tetons
Numerous ski tours and descents in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps
Numerous ski tours and descents in the Canadian Coast Range
NOLS expeditions (170 field weeks)
8 month long Alaska mountaineering expeditions-Chugach and Alaska Ranges
1 month long Pacific Northwest expedition-Glacier Peak
20 2-3 week winter ski expeditions, Wyoming and Idaho
Garhwal Himalaya India mountaineering expedition

Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certifications

Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Avalanche Level 3
AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide