Hi, I’m Alan Arnette and welcome to Summit Coach.

Summit Coach is Alan’s consulting service aiming to help aspiring climbers reach their summits. It leverages his 23 years of climbing and 30 years of business experience. The major benefit to you is the fact that Alan is not a professional climber, but has professional results with summits of K2, Everest and seven of the eight 7 Summits plus 200 Colorado 14,000 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 US States and European countries. His work ranged from sales to marketing to product development to running worldwide businesses and almost always in a management role.

He has three areas of interest: professional 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 presentation is a 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 36 major climbs around the world since starting at 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 on July 27, 2014 making him the 18 and oldest American to summit K2.

Alan has climbed all of Colorado’s 58 14,000′ mountains, almost 200 times with repeats. Alan completed climbing 7 of the 8 “7 Summits” between November 2010 and October 2011.

His site’s content is primarily about climbing with each major climb having a dedicated section with a trip report, FAQs, pictures, videos, and short stories. There are climbing resources that list Alan’s gear, Alan’s training and links to guides, web sites and more.


And for Alan’s last area, Alzheimer’s Advocate, this is what his life’s work is all about now. This disease has no cure, impacts over 25 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 that 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 worlds 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.

All of these are to raise awareness and $5M for research.

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Alan is a contributor to Outside magazine and Rock & Ice magazine on climbing subjects. If you will forgive his self promotion, Outside Magazine posted in February 2013 an extensive interview with him where he talks abut his childhood, mountains, Everest and of course Alzheimer’s. They even said Alan was “one of the world’s most respected chronicler of Everest

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“the world’s most respected chronicler of Everest”Outside Magazine March 2013