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.