Limey, Big Bird
February 25, 1976
Olympic Valley, CA
Marmot, La Sportiva, Edelrid, Kaenon
Superhero jacket, Ama Dablam jacket, DriClime Windshirt
Alpenglow Expedition’s founder and head guide, Adrian has been guiding full-time for over a decade, and has led over 60 international climbing expeditions on 5 continents. Adrian is a Georgetown University graduate and is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA guide (one of 50 in the USA). Adrian's personal ascents include successful solo climbs of Ama Dablam (22,525 ft) in Nepal, Artesonraju (20,005 ft) in Peru, and more recently, alpine-style climbs on the South Ridge of Pumo Ri (23,500 ft), the West Face of Cayesh, and the NE Ridge of Huascaran Norte. This year, in addition to six months guiding high altitude peaks worldwide (including Everest, Manaslu, Alpamayo, Orizaba, Kilimanjaro, Quitaraju and Ama Dablam), Adrian is also ski, ice, and rock guiding in his dual “hometowns” of North Lake Tahoe, California and La Grave, France.
POWDER! coffee, tennis, my blackberry, summiting peaks with great clients, kiteboarding, pizza… ohhh the list goes on and on.
Founding Alpenglow Expeditions, AMGA certifications. Adrian is one of only 70 fully certified guides and has led over 100 international expeditions.
Adrian has summited Lhotse in 2011, Everest 5 times (including 2 times each in both 2010 and 2011) and Ama Dablam 8 times.
Accepted into medical school, but couldn’t stop climbing and skiing long enough to attend.
Guiding–SW Ridge of Ama Dablam / Personal-My friends complain that I always say that whatever I just finished was the “best, sickest, etc.” So I am not sure I can answer this one reliably.
Kill Bill I and II – Watch them both together as a single epic.
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
Whatever my friends put on my Nano this week.
Big, hairy spiders
Most recently, broke 2 bones in my right foot while kiteboarding off the coast of Morocco.
Snacking before dinner
Continue building Alpenglow to be an industry leading guide service; explore and climb in the “-stans” (Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, etc.); ski more powder.
In May, 2011, Adrian Ballinger reached the summit of three 8000-meter peaks in just three weeks. Here's a video account of this accomplishment: