David Shuer

    David Shuer

    Guide: Washington

    David (he/they) grew up in a small town in Maine and has been living in Washington for the last ten years. Inspired by the Cascades, a trip up Mount Rainier in high school opened his eyes to the world of mountaineering. He studied business administration and marketing at the University of Washington but spent his weekends and summers in the mountains. Upon graduating, he spent a summer guiding on Mount Rainier and discovered a passion for instruction and working in the outdoors. Climbing has been a big part of his life for the last five years and has given him an opportunity to explore much of the American West, Bolivia, and Spain. When he’s not guiding, he can be found in Seattle teaching classes at the climbing gym or training for his next trail race.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Guilty Pleasure
    Ice cream. So much ice cream.

    Favorite movie
    Napoleon Dynamite

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Fruit Loops all the way.

    Most people don’t know that…
    At around sunset, thousands of crows fly to the same roost to spend their nights together.

    When you’re not guiding?
    I enjoy birding, painting, and playing guitar.

    Significant Ascents

    10+ Ascents of Mount Rainier via multiple routes
    Mount Stuart via multiple routes
    Forbidden Peak and other alpine climbs in the North Cascades
    Huayna Potosi in Bolivia
    Rock Climbs throughout Utah, Colorado, California, and Nevada


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Mental Health First Aid
    AIARE Avalanche Level II
    AMGA Rock Guide Course
    Leave No Trace Trainer


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