RXR Live

Adrian Ballinger

Alpinist / Skier


Adrian Ballinger is a world class athlete and business owner. As founder and head guide of the internationally acclaimed Alpenglow Expeditions, and the only American guide with AMGA/IFMGA certifications, Adrian is held up as a thought leader in expedition innovation and responsible climbing practices.

Adrian is also a highly decorated alpinist and skier. He is the only American who has skied two 8,000 meter peaks, and in 2011 became the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in only 3 weeks (Everest twice and Lhotse once). He has reached more than 10 summits of 8,000 meter peaks (including 8 summits of Mt. Everest), and in 2016 summited Everest without supplemental oxygen, as documented in the award-winning “Everest No Filter” social media program.

As an experienced and polished speaker, his talks lean into the experience he's gathered in a long career filled with remarkable personal accomplishments, and from leading countless others through difficult climbing challenges. Adrian is uniquely qualified to speak to the qualities that a world-class adventurer needs to have, and to translate those to a wide variety of audiences.

Group climbs + hikes

Leadership + Teamwork
Exploration + Adventure
Risk Management

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What they say about Adrian Ballinger:


Adrian Ballinger is as talented a speaker as he is an athlete. His presentation was inspiring, engaging, and entertaining. Audiences loved his talk and continued to speak about it throughout the festival. He was further available and friendly to all attendees when not presenting. People commented on how amazing it was to get to meet Adrian and to have a real conversation. I hope to have Adrian with us at future festivals and highly recommend him to anyone looking to motivate, inspire, and entertain their audience.

— Benjamin Oberman, CEO, Film Festival Flix


I’m hearing great reviews from everyone this morning…“best speaker we have ever had come and talk to us.” It was an inspiring day and like Adrian heard a lot yesterday, so many parallels between what Adrian is doing and what we are asking from our teams here on the trade floor.

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