Don Nguyen

    Don Nguyen

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Don is a first-generation American and was born in Oklahoma City’s Little Saigon. His parents were refugees of the Vietnam War. Growing up in a flat place with little woods or topography, Don was drawn West to the Colorado Rockies to study mountain guiding. Further travels brought Don to the PNW where he began his guiding career on Mt Rainer and Mt Shasta. The ubiquitous human journey and pilgrimage in the wilds has always been very important to Don and, it is his passion to be able to guide and work with people in the outdoors.

    Don loves mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backpacking, hunting, and traveling with his partner Emily.

    Don was a contestant in 2015 on the Reality TV show “Naked and Afraid” in Namibia.

    Guide For:

    Aconcagua
    Denali

    Significant Ascents

    Denali 2 summits
    Aconcagua
    Tahoma (Mt. Rainier) 30+ summits
    Koma Kulshan (Mt. Baker) 20+ summits
    Mt Shuksan two summits and a ski descent.
    Mt. Adams
    Mt. Hood 5 summits various routes 3 ski descents.
    Mt Shasta 3 summits
    Mt. Whitney
    The Grand Teton
    Gannet Peak
    Pico de Orizaba
    Iztacciulatl
    Many Colorado 14ers and ski descents.

    Certifications

    WFR/ CPR
    Avalanche Level 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Alpine Rock Course
    AMGA Ice Instructor Course
    AMGA Alpine Skills Course

    Alpine Ascents’ reputation is top notch within the industry. I appreciate the high quality guides provided on my climbs so far. They always seem to be the yardstick that other services measure their guides to.

    Denali BLOG

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