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.


    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    A Love Supreme – John Coltrane

    Most beloved book?
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – B. Traven

    Favorite movie?
    Underground – Emir Kusturica

    Dream climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Mark Westman (secret objective in the Himalaya) 

    In another life, I’d…
    live in Big Sur California in the 1950s

    Guide For:


    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


    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)

    I appreciate the guides and office staff for providing an overall smooth and enjoyable experience, on and off the mountain!

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