Hi, I’m Alan Arnette. Welcome to Summit Coach.

Summit Coach is Alan’s consulting service to help aspiring climbers reach their summits. It leverages his 30 years of climbing and 30 years of business experience. The primary benefit to you is that Alan is not a professional climber but has professional results, with summits of K2, Everest, seven of the eight Seven Summits, and 225 Colorado 14,000-foot summits.

You can see all of Alan’s adventures on his main site at alanarnette.com


Alan retired from a 29-year career with HP in early 2007 to oversee his mother’s final years with Alzheimer’s. He enjoyed different jobs with HP in several U.S. states and European countries. His work ranged from sales to marketing to product development to running worldwide businesses, almost always in a management role.

His interests include coachingprofessional speakingclimbing, and Alzheimer’s causes:


As a speaker, he offers a unique approach where he combines his time as his mother’s caregiver plus a career of running global businesses through the eyes of Alan’s mountaineering adventures to get audiences to think about goals, overcoming obstacles, and celebrating life. His most popular presentation is Passion and Purpose: Making Your Mark on the World. This high-impact multimedia presentation for corporate audiences takes audiences through the three phases of accomplishing a challenging goal: preparation, execution, and overcoming adversity. His K2: Fighting for Summit and Life is acknowledged as one of the best pure mountaineering and human drama talks available.

Alan on Ama Dablam


As a mountaineer, he has been on 38 major climbs worldwide since age 38. He has climbed well above 6000 meters over ten times and Everest (29,035/8848m) four times, summiting on May 21, 2011.

His other 8000m summits include Manaslu (26,759′ /8,156 m) in October 2013 and K2 (28,251’/8611m) on Alan’s 58th birthday, July 27, 2014. He is the 18th and oldest American to summit K2.

Alan has climbed all of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot mountains almost 225 times, with repeats. Between November 2010 and October 2011, Alan completed climbing seven of the eight ” Seven Summits. ”


For Alan’s last area, being an Alzheimer’s Advocate is his life’s work. This disease has no cure, impacts over 50 million worldwide, and took four of Alan’s aunts plus Alan’s mom, Ida, in August 2009. Today, Alan’s climbing is to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and research funds so our children’s generation will never experience this robber of memories and lives.

Alan has conducted three large-scale projects for Alzheimer’s: The Road Back to Mt. Everest in 2007/8 with climbs on Denali, Shishapangma, Aconcagua and Orizaba plus Everest. In 2011, The 7 Summits for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything® campaign where Alan climbed 7 of the 8 of the world’s highest peaks on each continent, aka The 7 Summits and in 2014, Climbing K2, the world’s hardest mountain to fight the world’s hardest disease, Alzheimer’s.

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Alan contributes to Outside Magazine on climbing subjects. If you will forgive his self-promotion, Outside Magazine posted in an extensive interview with him in which he talks about his childhood, mountains, Everest, and, of course, Alzheimer’s. They even said Alan was “one of the world’s most respected chroniclers of Everest.”

Privacy policy and use of personal information

Who are we?
Our website address is https://summitcoach.org. Alan Arnette solely owns this website address. The purpose of this site is to connect with people who want to hire Alan Arnette through Summit Coach for consultation on mountain climbing.

What personal data do we collect, and why do we collect it?

The only information we collect is provided by the visitor on the contact form to begin the consultation engagement process.

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience, so you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

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We do not share data with any organization.

How long we retain your data
The comment and metadata are retained indefinitely if you use a contact form.

What rights do you have over your data?
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we must keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

User Data Deletion
You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you by emailing   Alan with “Data Deletion” in the subject.

Where do we send your data?
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

What third parties do we receive data from
This website may receive data about users from third parties, including advertisers.

Child Safe

This site is intended to be child-safe. If you see any content you feel may be offensive, please contact Alan immediately. Parents should discuss with their children the dangers of mountain climbing, bungy jumping, or other sports described on this site. Please read the disclaimer and legal section carefully.

Disclaimers and Legal Notice

Because I am an individual, not a company or a guide, I provide my website solely based on my own experiences and provide information only. I only provide advice through a legal contract for Summit Coach services.

Many dangerous activities, such as high-altitude alpine mountaineering, ice and rock climbing, or bungy jumping, are described on this site. While I (Alan) hope you gain enjoyment from my experiences, please make your own decisions about dangerous sports, who to go with, when, how and all the other decisions involved only after your own serious research. My experiences are my own and will not be what you would experience. You can be injured or die from participating in the activities I describe.

This website links to other websites that are not under my control. I cannot control those sites’ nature, content, and availability. The inclusion of any links does not imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed or products advertised or offered within them.

Any reliance you place on any information found on this website, including in forums, comments, or any other location, or through links to other sites is strictly at your own risk.


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Outside Magazine

“the world’s most respected chronicler of Everest”Outside Magazine