Adrian Ballinger

Adrian Ballinger

Adrian Ballinger is a big mountain climber and skier, certified mountain guide, and professional speaker. He has led over 150 international climbing expeditions on six continents, and made 17 successful summits of 8,000m peaks, including eight summits of Mt. Everest. In May 2022 Ballinger completed the first recorded ski descent from the true summit of 27,766 foot Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest mountain. 


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What is your guiding principle?

To increase access and understanding of human powered travel in the mountains.

Why do you do what you do?

The mountains provide an incredible focus to adventures, where individuals and teams learn lessons that can be applied to other aspects of life. Attempting audacious goals with unknown outcomes make us better humans, and I love to share that.