Contact Alan

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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 experiences.

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 provide information based on my own experiences or post general Q &A. I’m not a physician, so will not offer advice or comment on any medical subjects or engage in a discussion if you have a medical condition.

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

I rarely agree to have any images or content in books, given the publisher’s terms of total and perpetual ownership in all current and future forms. Please only contact me if you are self-published or have 100% control over the terms. Remember that I am an individual, not a company or a guide. I provide my website based on my experiences to share my outdoor adventure and promote Alzheimer’s causes.

For general topics, please email Alan with “Climb” 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 past all the spam filters.

Summit Coach

If you dream of climbing mountains but are unsure 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 worldwide achieve their goals through a personalized set of consulting products based on my 25 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. Summit Coach, LLC is a Colorado-based company.

Please visit Summit Coach for details.

Alan SpeakingSpeaking Engagements:

My influential speaking brings a new approach to motivation. My casual yet powerful style brings audiences into high-altitude mountaineering with incredible pictures, videos, and stories while connecting with them on a real-world basis. Audiences leave entertained, educated, and motivated. I offer a unique approach where I combine my time as my mother’s caregiver plus a career of running global businesses through the eyes of my mountaineering adventures to get audiences to think about goals, overcoming obstacles and celebrating life. My most popular presentation is Passion and Purpose: Making your Mark on the World, a high-impact multimedia presentation for corporate audiences that takes audiences through the three phases of accomplishing a challenging goal: preparation, execution and overcoming adversity. This comment is 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 of Alan’s presentations, please visit this link.

Please visit Summit Talk for details

Press Inquiries:

Use the email below to begin an engagement resulting 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 my unique knowledge, there is an hourly rate with market fee for images and videos.

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

For all Press inquiries, please send an email with “Press” in the subject.

See this 5-minute interview on the problems with Everest in 2019 on the PBS New Hour:


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 on 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 decisions about dangerous sports, who to go with, when, how and all the other decisions involved only after your 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.

This website links to other websites that are not under my control. I have no control over those sites’ nature, content and availability. 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’ sites is strictly at your own risk.