Eric Murphy

Eric Murphy

Guide: Kilimanjaro Program Manager, Everest

A talented climber and guide, Eric is a 35 year resident of the Pacific Northwest. A former competitive distance runner, and cyclist, Eric was born in Alaska and introduced to the wilderness at an early age. He has led many of our mountaineering courses in the Cascades. He has been climbing for over 25 years, and has guided trips for 16 years. Eric has vast experience in the mountain ranges of the Cascades, Rockies, Andes and Himalaya. He has led or participated in over 30 expeditions to Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Antarctica, Nepal, Tibet, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. His background covers technical ice, rock, and high altitude. Over the last 15 years, he has developed climbing curriculums for local organizations. Eric has guided for us in the Cascades, on Denali, Mount Vinson, Cho Oyu, Everest/Lhotse, Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro for the past 15 years. Most recently, Eric guided for us on Mt. Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Everest/Lhotse, Denali and has been helping future Everest climbers with training and consultation. Eric has led large fundraising teams and film projects on Kilimanjaro, including the 2008 film documentary – The Mountain Within. Eric is the most experienced Western guide working on Kilimanjaro, having led more than 100 trips on that mountain, spending significant time with the local Chagga peoples native to the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. Eric has led Other passions include ski mountaineering, distance trail running, ocean sailing, and winemaking. From 2006 until 2015 Eric was a founding member, partner and winemaker for Ott & Murphy wines, located on Whidbey Island, Washington State. When not guiding, Eric can be found near home with his wife Melissa and young son Conner in Bellingham, Washington. Eric is excited about family travel and introducing Conner the mountains and cultures of the world.

15-year

Significant Ascents

Everest 8848m, Nepal Multiple summits
Mt. Lhotse, 8516m, Nepal (1 Personal – Solo) Standard route
Kilimanjaro (105+ guided, 4 routes) Machame, Lemosho, Northern Circuit, Umbwe
Kilmanjaro circumnavigation in a day – 66 miles, 16,000 feet gain
Denali (13 guided, 2 personal, 2 routes) W. Buttress, W. Rib, 2 Casin attempts
Aconcagua (6 guided, 1 personal) False Polish, Polish glacier routes
Vinson (5 guided)
Shinn (1 guided)
Cerro Fitzroy (2 personal) Supercouloir, California routes
Cerro Poincenot (2 personal) Whillans route, 1 solo
Cerro Guillamet (1 personal) Fonrouge route
Huascuran Sur (2 Personal) Standard, Shield route solo
Alpamayo (1 personal) French Direct route
Chopicalqui (1 personal) Standard route
Huandoy Este (1 personal) Lowe route
Huanya Potosi (1 personal) Standard route
Mooses Tooth (3 personal) West ridge, Ham & Eggs, Shaken not stirred routes\
Mt Kenya (2 personal)
Mt Slesse (2 personal)
Mt Stuart (3 personal) N. Ridge, W. ridge, Stuart glacier couloir
Eldorado (guided, personal, ski)
Early Morning Spire
Forbidden Peak (personal, guided)
Mt Challenger- Picket Range
McMillan Spire – Picket Range
Mt Terror- Picket Range
Mt Fury- Picket Range
Numerous Cascade alpine climbs
Rainer (40+ guided, 6 routes, winter, ski) Emmons, Liberty Ridge, Ptarmigan Ridge, Willis Wall, Fuhrer Finger, DC
Baker (40+ guided, 4 routes, winter, ski) Coleman-Deming, Easton, North Ridge, Coleman Headwall
Glacier Peak (3 personal, 2 routes) Sitkum Glacier, Frostbite Ridge
Adams (2 personal, ski)
Shasta (winter, ski)
Numerous Canadian winter ice routes – Curtain Call, Polar Circus, Weeping Wall

Certifications

• Wilderness First Responder
• Avalanche Level II
• Leave No Trace Trainer
• AMGA Alpine Guides Course

I though the program (and my overall experience) was fantastic. I greatly appreciated the communication with office staff before the trip. The coordination upon arrival in Arusha was also excellent. And the actual 7-day climb exceeded my high expectations.

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