The mountains were not always such a happy playground for David. On his first rock climbing adventure at the age of 10, he started crying in fear when he reached 50m, and didn’t climb again for three years. But he persevered and eventually fell in love with the mountains, so much so he differed – indefinitely – entry to university to become a mountain guide.
David always climbs ‘light and fast’ and without the use of oxygen and takes his passion for climbing seriously. Climbing is a source of inspiration, fulfilment and confidence and a vehicle for new life experiences and adventures. When he climbs a mountain it’s not just about exploring incredible new places, but also a way of exploring himself. He has become a truly measured climber, never letting his passions overrule cool judgement and decision making. This has kept him alive on some of his more challenging ascents, most recently attempting Everest for the third time – he turned back at the South Col because he didn’t feel well.
The Himalaya remains his favourite place to climb and he’s summited a plethora of 8,000m+ peaks, including Shishapangma (8013m), Nanga Parbat (8126m) Kangchenjunga (8586m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), Broad Peak (8047m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8485m). He’s also climbed the Eiger, Grand Jorasses and the Matterhorn in winter.
Fun, good company and always energetic, David is a popular member of the global climbing community who pushes the boundaries of light and fast mountaineering.