About Don

  I train hard, I climb hard, I ride hard, I have an abysmal diet with a pension for children’s sugar-cereal. I periodically live in “Harvey-the-RV”Harvey the RV, my 1978 Foretravel classic motorhome- which is usually parked around the open spaces of Bishop, California- but I spend my summers training in Colorado. Since childhood I’ve always felt most alive in the mountains, experiencing the sense of remoteness, and breathing in the unknown qualities of adventure. After crashing out of a San Fransisco tech startup in 2001, I moved to the mountains- and for the past 15 years have focused on climbing expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, South America, Canada, USA, and beyond. In fall 2013 Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck and I attempted our fourth 8000-meter peak together- my 16th Himalayan expedition. In 2007 I climbed the notoriously difficult K2 without supplemental O2, and summited Gasherbrum I in the same style with the late Alexey Bolotov in 2010. In 2012 I started road biking and have since become addicted to ultra-distance duathlons covering the most vertical distance possible in 24hrs. I call the new project- Ultra Hurt.

Expedition Highlights:
2005 Broad Peak (8047m) Karakoram, Pakistan, West Ridge, Solo (to 7800m)
2006 Cho Oyu (8188m) Tibet Himalaya, Polish Ridge variation (to 8000m)
2006 Annapurna (8091m) Nepal Himalaya, East Ridge, new route (to 7300m)
2007 K2 (8611m) Karakoram, Pakistan, new route (to 6800m), Abruzzi Spur (summit)
2008 Annapurna (8091m) Nepal Himalaya, South Face/East Ridge (to 7300m)
2008 unnamed sub-peak (5811m) Hispar, Pakistan, first ascent (summit)
2008 Peak 6250 (6347m) Hispar, Pakistan, second ascent (summit)
2008/9 Broad Peak – winter (8047m) Karakoram, Pakistan, West Ridge (to 7000m)
2009 Gasherbrum III (7952m) Karakoram, Pakistan, North Face, new route (to 7300m)
2010 Gasherbrum I (8068m) Karakoram Range, Pakistan, Japanese Couloir (summit)
2011 Cho Oyu (8,201m) Tibet Himalaya, West Face (summit)
2011 Mount Everest (8848m) Tibet Himalaya, North Ridge (to 8100m)
2012 Annapurna (8091) Nepal Himalaya, North Face/German Ridge, (solo attempt)
2013 Makalu 27,825′ (8,481 m) Nepal Himalaya, West Face, (solo)
2013 Annapurna (8091) Nepal Himalaya, South Face, (Ueli Steck summit)

Spirit of Mountaineering Commendation, Piolets d’Or, France
Gold Medal of Merit in Sport, Navarre, Spain
Prince of Asturias Award in Sports, Nomination, Spain
Nick Estcourt Award, UK
Shipton-Tillman Award, UK
Mount Everest Foundation Grant, UK
British Mountaineering Council Grant, UK
Best of Explorers Web (2008, 2009), USA

Media Samples:
TV: NBC Sports Special – K2 Shared Summits (2008-2011) Emmy nominated-climber/camera
Film: Pura Vida  (Spain) – (2012) archive camera, climber
Literature: Featured in the Michael Kodas’ book “High Crimes”
Print Media: Alpinist Magazine, Men’s Health (2011)
Radio: NPR Public Radio, KRCC
Appearance: Banff Mountain Film Festival (2009) – film jury member, presenter Grand Prize
Lecture: Festival Alpinismu, Prague, Czech Republic (2010)
Internet: 40+ online video clips and short films – producer, climber, camera
Blog: www.donbowie.com archive: www.calpinist.com