High Altitude Mountaineer & Guide
David Hamilton is one of the world's leading high altitude mountain guides. A professional expedition leader and public speaker since 1987, he has led more than 100 climbing, trekking and skiing projects in the world's great mountain ranges.
David has guided 18 separate expeditions to Himalayan peaks higher than 7,500m, 10 of them to peaks over 8,000m. Included in this total are four trips to Mt Everest (1999, 2003, 2005, 2008), and David is one of the few people who has climbed to the summit of Mt Everest from both the NepaIese and Tibetan sides. In 2003 he led the expedition which enabled Sibusiso Vilane to become the first black African to summit Mt Everest. In 2005 his clients included veteran British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
David's Himalayan experience spans all the Asian countries containing the world's highest peaks: the Hindu Kush, Pakistan Karakoram, Indian Himalaya, Mongolian Altai and the high peaks of China, Nepal and Tibet.
His expeditions over the years have visited most of the world's other major mountain ranges, from the European Alps, Russian Caucasus and the Andes of South America, to the mountains of East Africa and the frozen wastes Antarctica. He has organized and led expeditions in Greenland, Norway, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Russia, Mongolia, Turkey, Iran, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, USA, and Antarctica.
David's talks include more than just a 'factual' account of his often exhilarating, and breathtaking trips. In addition to his extensive experience in the world's popular mountain ranges David also enjoys small-scale exploratory trips to remote and little known wilderness areas. Often returning to these remote places year after year, he has become knowledgeable about the local communities and is able to give a very personal and first-hand account of the harsh lives of these mountain peoples.
David has amassed a collection of over 15,000 high quality colour slides illustrating a lifetime of mountain adventures. His more recent adventures have been recorded using digital photographs. He has given over 200 lectures about his mountain adventures to a wide variety of audiences in the UK and overseas. These include: the general public, sports clubs, lecture associations, camera clubs, societies, schools, travel shows and business events.
- Everest North and South
A tale of 4 expeditions to the world's highest peak showing the geographical and cultural differences between the Nepalese and Tibetan sides Mount Everest. With many dramatic high altitude pictures taken above 8000m this talk gives a real feel of 'what is like to stand on top of the world'. This is a rare chance to compare the challenges of the Southeast Ridge, first climbed by Hillary and Tensing in 1953, and the North Ridge route attempted by Mallory and Irvine in 1924 but eventually climbed by the Chinese in 1960.
- Antarctic Ranger
David Hamilton spent 5 Antarctic summers working as a field guide for Jagged Globe Expeditions and ALE (Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions) in the Antarctic Interior. The work included making 8 ascents of Mt Vinson 4892m, Antarctica's highest peak, and leading 3 ski groups to the South Pole. This illustrated talk shows the 'behind the scenes' realities of modern expeditions to Antarctica.
- Karakoram Ski Traverse
The story of the first ever ski crossing of the Karakoram Himalaya from Hunza to Baltistan via the high peaks and passes of the Pakistan China frontier. This spectacular 37-day journey of over 260km, was the most physically challenging project David has ever undertaken. The description of this journey is interwoven with historical details of the 'Great Game' explorers who first visited this region at the end of the 19th Century.
- Snowcaps on the Equator
A journey through the East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to climb the four highest peaks in Africa: Kilimanjaro 5895m, Mt Kenya 5199m, Mt Stanley 5109m and Ras Deshan 4620m. Enjoy the spectacular scenery, wildlife and vegetation of East Africa, whilst journeying from the vast open savannah plains, through lush cloud forests, to reach these majestic snow-capped mountain peaks.
- Karakoram Himalaya
Considered by many climbers to be the greatest mountain range on Earth, the Karakoram Himalaya contains more peaks over 7000m than the Himalayas of Nepal or Tibet combined. David Hamilton has led trekking, climbing and ski touring expeditions to the Karakoram for 22 years and has developed an unrivaled knowledge of the region. Join him on a unique journey through the valleys and villages of Baltistan, Hunza and Chitral to the high glaciers and icy summits of Pakistan's northern frontier.
- 8000m Guide: Highlights from Ten Expeditions
Climbing to the summit of an 8000m peak is a goal that many mountaineers aspire to, but relatively few get the opportunity to test their skills on the world's 14 highest peaks. David Hamilton has led 10 commercial expeditions, guiding 'amateur' climbers on Mt Everest 8848m, Gasherbrum I 8068m, Broad Peak 8047m, Gasherbrum II 8035m and Shishapangma 8012m. He provides an insight into the skills needed to organize and lead these expeditions and considers the factors that contribute to success.
- Ski Mountaineering Worldwide
The sport of ski mountaineering combines the commitment of expedition climbing with the exhilaration of downhill skiing. In a career spanning more than 20 years David Hamilton has led numerous challenging ski expeditions around the world. Highlights include: Norway (Jotunheimen & Jostedalsbreen), Europe (Alps & Corsica), Russia (Elbrus 5642m & CaucasusTraverse), Turkey (Ararat 5137m & Ala Dag), Iran (Damavand 5671m), Alaska (Denali 6124m), China (Muztagh Ata 7546m), Karakoram, (Biafo/Hispar & Shimshal to Hushe), Antarctica (South Pole).
This talk can be tailored to suit a variety of different business audiences. Illustrated with dramatic photographs of climbing Mt Everest the talk concentrates on the skills and aptitudes which climbers need to succeed on the world's highest peaks and draws parallels with the factors which contribute to success in a modern business environment.
To enquire about David's availability and to discuss terms and fees, please contact:
67 Castle Road
Tel: 02476 395422