Dave Watson

    Dave Watson

    Guide: Washington

    Dave hails from the Northeastern US and currently lives in the Columbia River Gorge. His background lies in rock, ice and ski guiding as well as outdoor education. Dave’s personal climbing pursuits have taken him around the world, 4 summits of Mount Everest, ski descent of K2 from 8350 meters, Broad Peak, Lhotse, Manaslu, Eiger, three winters of skiing in the Indian Himalaya, sport climbing in Italy and alpine rock in Alaska are some highlights. With two decades of ski patrol experience, Dave now spends his winters ski patrolling on Mt Hood. He is also owner of MountainSavvy Avalanche School.


    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    Sad Wings of Destiny – Judas Priest

    Favorite movie?

    Dream rope team for your dream climb?
    My kids on the North Arête of Mt. Super Fun

    When you’re not guiding?
    Endeavoring to enjoy every moment to the fullest.

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Make it fun. Climb for your own pleasure. Find partners who have similar goals.


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    Outdoor Emergency Care
    Pro 2 Avalanche
    AIARE certified instructor
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    Certified Rope Access Technician
    PSIA Nordic

    Yes – I enjoyed it very much!  The two days were filled with good instruction, focus on safety, and great support. Both our guides kept the team on task and were very clear on directions and importance of safety.



      Greeting follow climbers! This past week has showcased truly classic Pacific Northwest weather with a mixture of sunshine and rain showers (or snow showers in the mountains).  When the weather has allowed teams have been reaching the summit of peaks from the southern part of Washington (Mt Adams) to the northern part of the state […]


      Greeting follow climbers! Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest! With the recent long periods of sunny weather, teams all over the state have been climbing and getting out enjoying the mountains. Teams have been reaching the top of peaks across the region, from deep in the North Cascades to alpine rock routes to Mt […]


      Greetings follow climbers! Sunny skies have returned in the PNW today (Wednesday, June 5th) after a several days of stormy weather.  Earlier this week, two stacked atmospheric rivers impacted Washington and the Cascades, heavily producing precipitation and strong winds across the state. The Paradise snotel site picked up over 4” of water and the snotel […]

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