Summit Coach has successfully helped climbers summit Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Kilimanjaro, Rainier, and more.

Why Choose Alan as your Coach?

Simply put, he has experiences unlike anyone else in the industry with climbs, summits, sponsorship, and organization. In addition, Summit Coach offers highly personalized attention that is rarely seen in the climbing industry.

Summit Coach leverages Alan’s experience with hundreds of other climbers, guides, and climbs. As a result, Alan can relate to and offer benefits to his clients, as demonstrated by his climbing career as a regular person (not a guide) with a full-time job and family starting at age 38.

Alan has not summited every mountain and thus gained valuable lessons he will pass on to you. In addition, Alan secured sponsorship for some of his climbs, a rarity in today’s world. These included extensive public relations campaigns, live television and radio interviews, and print and online media events.

His website and Blog have over 3 million followers. Outside Magazine cited Alan as “one of the world’s most respected chroniclers of Everest.”

Alan’s approach is to help the client have a positive experience, not summiting at all costs.

Self-assessment if you need a coach for your next expedition:

Q: Are you confident in your physical training plan?

Q: Are you confident you have the correct gear?

Q: Are you sure you have the proper skills for your climb?

Q: Do you fully understand what it will take to have a positive experience on your climb?

Q: How confident that you understand what it will take to summit safely?

Q: Are you sure you have selected the correct guide that matches your personality, experience, budget, and skills?

Q: Do you know what climbs you should do before the big one you plan?

If you answered no to any questions, read on because Summit Coach can change those no’s to yes.

Unique Qualifications

  • Alan has been on Everest four times, summiting on May 21, 2011.
  • His ‘non-summits’ of Everest are a serious benefit in helping you to learn from his experiences.
  • He set a record by becoming the oldest and 18th American to summit K2 at age 58
  • He has over 35 major climbs worldwide, starting at age 38, including eight 8,000M peaks and climbing above 6000 meters over 12 times.
  • Alan has completed 7 of the 8 “7 Summits” between November 2010 and October 2011.
  • He has climbed all of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot mountains, aka 14ers, with over 225 summits, including repeats.
  • Successfully secured sponsors for the 7 Summits, K2, and Lhotse expeditions
  • He has organized his expeditions, including Broad Peak and K2, plus used professional guides.

Alan’s Climbing Resume

  • Everest, Nepal 29,035′ summit 5/11; climbed three other times (2002, ’03, ’08, to 27,200′)
  • K2, Pakistan 28,’51’ summit, 7/14
  • Cho Oyu, Tibet 26,907′: climbed to 26,600′, 09/98
  • Lhotse, Nepal 27,940′: reached 21,500, 15/16
  • Broad Peak, Pakistan 26,401′: climbed to 23,000′, 06/06
  • Shishapangma, Tibet 26,335′: climbed to 23,200′, 09/07
  • Manaslu, Nepal 26,759’:summit 10/13
  • Aconcagua, Argentina 22,842′: 3 summits 1/11, 1/08, 2/05
  • Ama Dablam, Nepal 22,494′: summit 10/00
  • Denali, Alaska, 20,320′: climbed to 17,000′, 6/01, 6/07, 6/11
  • Island Peak, Nepal, 20,’05’: summit 10/18
  • Chimborazo, Ecuador, 20,703’: summit 01/19
  • Cotopaxi, Ecuador, 19,’48’: summit 01/19
  • Alpamayo, Peru, 19,511′: summit, 07/12
  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa 19,340′: summit, 10/11
  • Cayambe, Ecuador 18,’97’: climbed to 17,100 01/19
  • Mt. Elbrus, Russia 18,513: summit, 8/11
  • Kala Patar, Nepal 18,055′: 3 summits, 4/97, 5/08, 5/12
  • Orizaba, Mexico 18,880′: summit, 1/08
  • Mt. Vinson, Antarctica 16,067′: summit, 10/10
  • Carstensz Pyramid 16,023′ New Guinea – summit, 10/11
  • Mont Blanc, France 15,771′: 3 summits 199’97’9’97’97
  • Monta Rosa (Dufourspitze), Switzerland 15,023’: summit, 3/98
  • Mt. Whitney, California US,14,499′: summit
  • Rainier, Washington State US, 14,410: 2 summits, 7/04, 07/12
  • Grand Teton, Wyoming US 13,777′: summit, 9/00
  • Tour Rhonde  France 12,456′: summit, 8/95
  • Mt Hood, Oregon State, US 11,237′: summit, 7/04
  • Kosciuszko, Australia, 7,310′: summit, 10/11
  • Ben Nevis, Scotland, 4,409′: summit, 03/12
  • Colorado 14,000′ – 220 summits with repeats

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Alan on K2 Summit July 27, 2014
Alan on K2 Summit July 27, 2014