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

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