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

    Everything was beyond our expectations. Having done Rainier with AAI before, I had a high level of expectation for another great trip. Hands down the guides and all involved went above and beyond to make both the hike and safari the best possible experience.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

    • Hunger Relief Fundraiser Raises Over $30K for Kilimanjaro Crew

      We have not been able to operate Kilimanjaro expeditions since February 2020, and during that time our friends over in Tanzania have not been far from our mind. COVID-19 has decimated the Kilimanjaro tourism industry and the income that the local people rely on to house and feed their families. In a typical year, travel […]

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