10+Years of Service Eric Murphy
Senior Guide: International, Mountaineering School. Kilimanjaro Program Manager

A talented climber and guide, Eric is a 35 year resident of the Pacific Northwest.  A former competitive distance runner, and cyclist, Eric was born in Alaska and introduced to the wilderness at an early age.   He has lead many of our mountaineering courses in the Cascades.  He has been climbing for over 20 years, and has guided trips for 12 years. Eric has vast experience in the Cascades, Rockies and Andes ranges, with expeditions to Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Antarctica, Nepal, Tibet, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. His background covers technical ice, rock, and high altitude. Over the last 12 years, he has developed climbing curriculums for local organizations. Eric has guided for us in the Cascades, on Denali, Mount Vinson, Cho Oyu, Everest/Lhotse, Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro for the past 10 years. Most recently Eric guided for us on Mt. Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Everest/Lhotse, and Denali.  Eric is a Kilimanjaro expert, having led more than 60 trips on that mountain, and spent significant time with the local Chagga peoples native to the region.  Other passions include ski mountaineering, ocean sailing, and winemaking.  When not guiding, climbing, skiing or running,  Eric can be found working at his boutique winery on Whidbey Island. See www.ottandmurphywines.com for more information.

 

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Significant Ascents

Kilimanjaro (65 guided, 4 routes) Machame, Lemosho, Northern Circuit, Umbwe
Kilmanjaro circumnavigation in a day - 66 miles, 16,000 feet gain
Denali (13 guided, 2 personal, 2 routes) W. Buttress, W. Rib, 2 Casin attempts
Mt. Lhotse, 8516m, Nepal (1 Personal - Solo) Standard route
Aconcagua (6 guided, 1 personal) False Polish, Polish glacier routes
Vinson (5 guided)
Shinn (1 guided)
Cerro Fitzroy (2 personal) Supercouloir, California routes
Cerro Poincenot (2 personal) Whillans route, 1 solo
Cerro Guillamet (1 personal) Fonrouge route
Huascuran Sur (2 Personal) Standard, Shield route solo
Alpamayo (1 personal) French Direct route
Chopicalqui (1 personal) Standard route
Huandoy Este (1 personal) Lowe route
Huanya Potosi (1 personal) Standard route
Mooses Tooth (3 personal) West ridge, Ham & Eggs, Shaken not stirred routes
Mt Kenya (2 personal)
Mt Slesse (2 personal)
Mt Stuart (3 personal) N. Ridge, W. ridge, Stuart glacier couloir
Eldorado (guided, personal, ski)
Early Morning Spire
Forbidden Peak (personal, guided)
Mt Challenger- Picket Range
McMillan Spire - Picket Range
Mt Terror- Picket Range
Mt Fury- Picket Range
Numerous Cascade alpine climbs
Rainer (40+ guided, 6 routes, winter, ski) Emmons, Liberty Ridge, Ptarmigan Ridge, Willis Wall, Fuhrer Finger, DC
Baker (40+ guided, 4 routes, winter, ski) Coleman-Deming, Easton, North Ridge, Coleman Headwall
Glacier Peak (3 personal, 2 routes) Sitkum Glacier, Frostbite Ridge
Adams (2 personal, ski)
Shasta (winter, ski)
Numerous Canadian winter ice routes - Curtain Call, Polar Circus, Weeping Wall

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder
Avalanche Level II