Todd Switalski

    Todd Switalski

    Guide: Washington

    Born and raised in the Sunshine State (Florida), Todd grew up climbing trees not mountains. After graduating high school, Todd joined the service as a United States Marine, deploying twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After four years in the military, Todd traveled the world, visiting 3 continents and 19 countries. A trip to Switzerland sparked a passion for alpine climbing, motivating Todd to pursue a complete shift in his direction and lifestyle. He moved to the PNW and began climbing in the mountain ranges of the region while taking outdoor education and climbing courses. Currently, Todd spends his summers climbing in Washington and winters on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain in California. His passions include: the great outdoors, paragliding, snowboarding, hiking and climbing.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition…
    99.9% by Kaytranada

    Favorite movie
    Forrest Gump

    Guilty Pleasure
    A whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s half baked icecream

    Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Right up the nose of El Cap with Jimmy Chin. Who else is gonna make me look so cool?

    Most people don’t know that…
    I was a 2 time karate champion gold medalist

    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Shuksan
    Mt. Adams
    Mt. Goode
    Glacier Peak
    Ptarmigan Traverse – Dome Peak, Formidable Peak
    Fairview Dome – Regular Route – Yosemite
    Outer Space – Leavenworth WA.
    Torment-Forbidden Traverse

    Certifications

    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Avalanche Level 1
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    Rope Rescue Level III: Technician

    ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/19/24

      Greeting follow climbers! This past week has showcased truly classic Pacific Northwest weather with a mixture of sunshine and rain showers (or snow showers in the mountains).  When the weather has allowed teams have been reaching the summit of peaks from the southern part of Washington (Mt Adams) to the northern part of the state […]

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/12/2024

      Greeting follow climbers! Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest! With the recent long periods of sunny weather, teams all over the state have been climbing and getting out enjoying the mountains. Teams have been reaching the top of peaks across the region, from deep in the North Cascades to alpine rock routes to Mt […]

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/05/24

      Greetings follow climbers! Sunny skies have returned in the PNW today (Wednesday, June 5th) after a several days of stormy weather.  Earlier this week, two stacked atmospheric rivers impacted Washington and the Cascades, heavily producing precipitation and strong winds across the state. The Paradise snotel site picked up over 4” of water and the snotel […]

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