David Gottlieb

David Gottlieb

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

David joined Alpine Ascents in 2016 and comes to guiding with a lifetime of mountaineering experience. He worked for eighteen seasons as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier and has climbed the mountain countless times. He has hundreds of hours of rescue training as well as many years of hands on rescue experience. His climbing eventually brought him to the Himalayas to pursue his dreams of climbing remote mountains, culminating in four ascents of previously unclimbed 22,000 ft peaks. He is an able communicator with a wealth of knowledge and skills to share. David was raised in the Cascades of North Central Washington where he still resides today, enjoying a rural lifestyle with his lovely wife. When not guiding, David enjoys books, traveling, motorcycles and getting out to climb every chance he gets.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

Denali, Alaska (6 expeditions)
Aconcagua, Argentina
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Baker, Washington
Mount Shuksan, Washington
Mount Dickey, Alaska
Mount Dan Beard, Alaska
Peak 11,300, Alaska
Kang Nachugo, Nepal
Jobo Ringjang, Nepal
Takargo Ri, Nepal
Pangbuk Ri, Nepal
Kyajo Ri, Nepal

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
Rigging for Rescue
Ropes that Rescue

Awards and Recognition
Mug Stumps Award 2010/2013
Shipton Tilman Award 2010
Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award 2012/2013
McNeill-Nott Award 2009/2012/2013
Department of the Interior Valor Award 2010
American Red Cross Wilderness Hero Award 2005 (King County, WA)

These guys consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion.

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