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Todd Burleson

Todd Burleson

President and Founder

Director and founder of Alpine Ascents International, Todd has achieved unparalleled success as a business leader and in the mountain guiding industry; as one of the world’s leading mountaineers. Todd spent most of his childhood in Alaska where his prowess and love for mountaineering was developed. In his twenty years of guiding, he has led 8 expeditions to Mt. Everest, and has guided successful expeditions on every continent including all of the Seven Summits numerous times. In addition to being a long time instructor Todd has lead expeditions worldwide including climbs in Mongolia, Alaska and on Rainier, including a number of first ascents in the arctic region of Greenland. Todd joins many of our expeditions in a support role, overseeing logistics, climber development and ensuring a good time is had by all. He currently lives in Alaska where he is raising yaks, fishing, flying and forever climbing great peaks around the world.  In 1998 Todd was awarded the American Alpine Club’s prestigious David J. Sowles award for his rescue efforts on Mt. Everest in 1996. Todd also takes an active role in developing environmental policies for mountaineering, setting standards for the mountain guiding industry, working with the National Park Service and overseeing the Alpine Ascents Sherpa Education Fund.

30-year

 

Significant Ascents

  • Everest (2 guided)
  • Island Peak (2 guided)
  • Mera Peak (2 guided)
  • Aconcagua (2 guided)
  • Greenland Peaks (3 guided)
  • Ama Dablam (1 guided)
  • Elbrus (5 guided)
  • Carstensz Pryramid (1 guided)
  • Peaks of Bolivia (1 guided)
  • Denali (3 guided)
  • Vinson (5 guided)
  • Mt. Baker (3 personal, 10 guided)
  • Rainier (5 guided)
  • Cotopaxi (2 guided)
  • Orizaba (1 guided)
  • Iztaccihuatl (1 guided)
  • Mongolia (2 guided)
  • Kilimanjaro (6 guided)

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

  • webbing, anchor, water knot

    KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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