MEET CRAIG

Craig has currently summitted Mount Rainier more than 450 times by 19 different routes. He still hold holds several records and first ascents on its famous slopes. Craig made his first trip to the Himalayas when he was a teenager. He has climbed all of the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest. In 1989, Craig summitted the world’s third highest mountain, Kangchenjunga (28,169’) without supplemental oxygen as a member of the first successful American expedition. His guiding accomplishments in Latin America are almost unrivaled, with many successful expeditions to the mountains of Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico and other countries. In 2013, he completed his 20th successful summit of Aconcagua and his 53rd summit of Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba, a feat unmatched by any other North American guide. Craig speaks fluent Spanish and has a strong working knowledge of Nepali. He guides year-round in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, including on his favorite peak, Mount Shuksan.

NOTABLE ASCENTS

  • Mount Rainier, 450+ ascents via 19 routes (3rd most on record)
  • Record Speed climb of Mount Rainier in 1981 and 1983 (5 hours, 20 minutes)
  • First One Day Ascent of Mount Baker & Mount Shuksan in the same day. (Sept. 1982)
  • Vinson (3 Expeditions)
  • Aconcagua, Argentina (26+ Expeditions)
  • Bolivia (8 Expeditions)
  • Ecuador (4 Expeditions)
  • Mount Everest via The Great Couloir, North Ridge and summit via the South Col. (3 Expeditions)
  • Kangchenjunga in 1989 (summit with Ed Viesturs without supplemental oxygen)
  • Xixipangma, 1993
  • Mexican Volcanoes (50+ Expeditions)
  • Kilimanjaro (12 Expeditions)
  • Mount Elbrus, Russia (5 Expeditions)
  • Numerous climbs in The Cascades and Olympic Mountains since 1975.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • AMGA Alpine Guide
  • AIARE Level II
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Wilderness First Responder / CPR