Contact Alan

Summit Coach

If you dream of climbing mountains but are not sure how to start or reach your next level from a Colorado 14er to Rainier, Everest or even K2, I can help.

Summit Coach is my consulting service that helps aspiring climbers throughout the world achieve their goals through a personalized set of consulting products based on my 20 years of high altitude mountain experience and 30 years as a business executive. Please click for more information on signing up, services, pricing and why select Alan as your coach. 50% off pricing for introduction special

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General EMAIL :

If you send me an email, I will do my best to return a thoughtful response based only on my personal experience.

Limitations on Email: I do not give direct advice except thru Summit Coach

because it is impossible for me to know someone's experience, condition, strengths, weakness, etc so I just provide information based on my own experiences or post general Q&A. I also will not provide advice or comment on any medical subjects or engage in a discussion if you have a medical condition.

Remember that I am an individual, not a company or a guide and provide my website based on my own experiences to share my outdoor adventure and promote Alzheimer's causes.

If you are interested in using an image, please review this information before sending an email.

Send Alan an with "Climbing" in the subject

or the name of a mountain you are asking about (Everest or Aconcagua or Longs Peak for example) in the subject it will get pass all the spam filters.

Please note that I have rarely agreed to using my images or content in books given publisher's terms (full and perpetual ownership in all current and future forms) so please only contact me if you are self published or have 100% control over the terms.

Speaking Engagements:

Please For more information, please send Alan an email to: with "Speaking" in the subject

for details on booking me for your next event. I will send you detailed information, meeting planner, fee information and the booking agreement for your review.

This is a comment from one of my recent events:

"... we are quite pleased with the end result and you were definitively
the best Keynote speaker the event ever had!"

John Clese
Director of Marketing, Abila, inc

For an overview on Alan's presentations, please visit this link.

Press Inquiries:

Please For more information, please send Alan an email to: with "Press Inquiry " in the subject

to begin an engagement that will result in a media event (print, audio, television, internet). There is no charge for simple questions but for full length articles, extensive conversations or research using the unique knowledge I have, there is an hourly rate with market fee for images and videos.

Alan has been featured in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, ABC, FOX, CBS, Atlantic, Outside and Rock and Ice

Project 8000 for Alzheimer’s

There are 14 mountains above 8000 meters or 26,246 feet. As of early 2016, only 34 people have summited all 14, including only one American, Ed Viesturs (note: Ed did them all without supplemental oxygen and on private climbs, nothing like me at age 60). I will attempt to summit them from today to 2020.

With my summits of Everest, K2 and Manaslu and good efforts on Shishapangma, Broad Peak and Cho Oyu, I feel well prepared to attempt these 11 mountains and optimistic we can reach the $5M goal for Alzheimer’s research.

My objectives for each climb include: safety, cause results, and climb success. To minimize costs, I will try to organize the climbs leveraging logistics from local organizations. Each climb will be conducted in small, safe teams utilizing proven Sherpa support, hopefully including Kami Sherpa whom I summited both Everest and K2 with in 2011 and 2014.

As the 18th and oldest American to summit K2, I attracted world-wide attention, reached 5 million people and raised $70K in just 6 weeks. The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund said this was one of “most successful campaign ever” of its type. This combined with my 7 Summits campaign in 2011 that reached 30 million people, validated my model of using climbing to raise awareness and critically needed funds.

Sponsor Opportunities

I am seeking sponsors for Project 8000. The expenses are modest when spread over five years, but the public relations need is large.

Ideally, one company will see the opportunity and support the entire project but individual climbs are still available to reduce the size of the investment. With the proper PR backing, I believe we can conservatively reach 100 million people. Using my website and social media, I can document a strong connection with my followers resulting in over 2.5 million annual interactions. I am confident we can raise significant money from each climb reaching a total of $5 million from my Memories are Everything™ climbs.

Please For more information, please send Alan an with "Project 8000 " in the subject for overall budgets and marketing opportunities.


Before sending an email with questions on Everest please review the following information. Thanks!

  1. Consultant with a professional guide service for all qualifications, training, schedules and gear.
  2. Gain climbing experience to be as self sufficient as possible. All the climbing techniques and skills should be in your muscle memory and not a conscious thought
  3. Prepare your body to be in “Everest Shape” which is beyond "the best shape of your life"
  4. Build mental toughness to push yourself while being willing to turn back for safety

I created these pages on Everest based my experiences. They are intended to share my experiences and are not recommendations. Please review before sending an email.

  1. Everest Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Skills and Experience
  3. Training and Fitness
  4. Everest Gear
  5. Guides
  6. South Side Route Overview
  7. North Side Route Overview
  8. A description of my first Everest South Climb in 2002
  9. A full report of my Everest South Summit in 2011

Disclaimers and Legal Notice

Because I am an individual, not a company or a guide and provide my website solely based on my own experiences, I do not provide advice. Please consult a professional for all decisions regarding any topic on this site. 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.

Through this website are links to other websites which are not under my control. I have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. 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 others site is strictly at your own risk.