Dan grew up near Seattle in the shadow of Mount Rainier. He spent many hours hiking the glaciers as a teenager but it’s only in recent years that he’s gone back to summit the PNW giant. Dan’s climbing career in Idaho started in 2009 when he spent three months knocking off Idaho’s 12’ers. Not a true “peak bagger” Dan finds more joy in helping others, less confident, in overcoming their fears and climbing these peaks. As a result, as of this writing he has now climbed Borah eight times, Leatherman twice, Donaldson five times, Church three, Lost River Peak three, Diamond twice, Hyndman three times, Breitenbach three times, but Idaho, only once. So far. He says he will continue to return to these peaks as long as someone asks him to help. Every climb is different, even if it’s the same mountain he says.
Dan has climbed a handful of other Idaho peaks such as Cobb and Jacqueline just to name a few. His life time climbing exploits have been a bit scattered from Gannett Peak in Wyoming, Whitney in California to Mount Shuksan in Washington. He is always eager to climb something. He is currently preparing for a Denali climb in the summer of 2016.
His greatest experience was on the Summit of Borah when a previously, stay at home divorced mom decided to climb with a hiking group to get her confidence in life back. She trained for a year. Dan led the climb, but from behind, helping people across Chicken Out Ridge. When he finally made the summit himself, she was waiting at the top, hugged him, wouldn’t let go as she sobbed in joy. That’s what climbing is about for Dan.