Eric Salazar

Eric Salazar

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Originally from San Diego, California, Eric learned to rock climb in Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas of southern California. After ten years of teaching outdoor education, Eric has made a career of traveling, guiding and teaching in the wilderness. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington where he works for Alpine Ascents. Eric guides in Alaska, Argentina, and in the North Cascades, and spends his free time climbing and snowboarding in the Cascades. Eric has worked for several guide services and outdoor education companies, but now works for Alpine Ascents full time. Some of Eric’s favorite climbing areas include Alaska, the Tetons, Red Rocks, and Joshua Tree. When not guiding, Eric is in the mountains climbing with his buddies, traveling, or fly fishing. Eric loves guiding because he gets to share his passion for the mountains.

5-year

Significant Ascents

Denali x3
Aconcagua x4
First ascent, of Crown Mountain (18,373 feet), Shaluli Shan range. Western Sichuan, China.
Mt. Rainer via multiple routes
Mt. Baker
Forbidden Peak
Sahale Peak
Mt. Marcus Baker, AK
Grand Teton, WY
Mt. Shasta, CA
Mt Olympus, WA
Hundreds of rock routes around the country

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Instructor Course
Avalanche Level I
Leave No Trace Trainer

Awards & Recognition

Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Climbing Award (2011)

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Mount Rainier: Not Your Average Fourteener

    In good company with approximately 20 other 14,000-foot-plus peaks in the lower-48 states, Mount Rainier is often misunderstood and underestimated. Whether you’ve climbed extensively or are new to climbing, you know that properly sizing up a climbing objective is the first key step to seeing a good time in the mountains. In this brief article, […]

  • Ice Axes: Selecting a Size & Style

    An ice axe is a critical piece of mountain equipment. Not only does it need to be suited for the terrain you will be encountering on a given peak, but it also needs to be sized correctly. As with most gear, the array of choices can be overwhelming, so we are going to break down […]

  • Two silhouettes clink beverages in the early morning in view of the Andes Mountains.

    Expedition Mindset: When “Showing Up” Means More than Physically Arriving

    The anticipation and physical preparation have been exhausting. The iron has been pumped. You have been ripping up stair sets for breakfast. Every precious ounce of your kit is honed. But have you stretched your expedition mindset? An expedition is much more than the physical climb of a single mountain. For several weeks you will […]

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