About Me

 

My name is Ash Gambhir. I am an adventurer, climber, and traveler from San Diego, California with an innate desire to take the road less traveled. I grew up reading about the adventurers of explorers such as Roald Amundsen, David Livingstone, Lewis and Clark, Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner. Along with the spirit of exploration and adventure, I have always had an immense love and admiration for nature and the outdoors, especially rocks, mountains, snow, and ice. My love for adventure and exploration combined with my love for the outdoors when I was invited to a climbing trip to Joshua Tree!

Since then I have invested a lot of time and effort in learning as much as I can about climbing. So far, I have been lucky enough to have traveled and climbed in the major American mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Range, San Juan Mountains, Rocky Mountains and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I have also been able to climb in the Canadian Rockies, the Southern Alps of New Zealand and the Indian Himalayas. Living in southern California allows for year-round access to world-class rock in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree, Red Rock Canyon, Zion, and Yosemite as well as alpine and water ice in the Sierra Nevada.

I am a recipient of American Alpine Club Live Your Dream Grant 2018 for the successful summit of Mt. Rainier via Liberty Ridge and an ambassador for Golden State Guiding.

Style of climbing:
I love and enjoy every form of climbing including sport, trad, ice, mixed/dry tooling, big wall climbing, and mountaineering. I currently lead sport climbing up to 5.11c/6c+, trad climbing up to 5.9. I am comfortable leading ice up to WI4 and hope to improve. I can lead, mixed climbing/dry tooling up to M5 and aid climbing up to A2/C2. I’m an expert navigator, very comfortable with the use of maps and a compass. I have taken avalanche and crevasse rescue courses and used those skills for various 2-person and 3-person rope teams in mountaineering projects.

Philosophy of climbing:
I believe, how you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top! The “means” justify the “ends” and not the other way around. I am an advocate of Yvon Chouinard’s idea that climbing should bring about spiritual and personal growth. It should be like a symbiotic relationship with nature. However, there are many people who use mountains to draw attention to themselves. They have an obsession with only counting their summit victories rather than enjoying and growing from the process. These people are known as peak baggers! I too am guilty of this to some degree, but I do not make this attitude my primary focus in climbing.

Outside of Climbing:
I have a business degree, MBA and a passion for sustainability, entrepreneurship, analytics, and finance. I stand for environmental conservation, human and animal rights. I love reading/listening to audiobooks, running, biking, sailing and paddle boarding with my beautiful fiance, Haley and little doggie, Teddy!

 

 

Feel free to contact me for questions or comments at ash@verticalnomads.com

 

Quotes I live by:

Going to the mountains is going home.
~ John Muir

Getting to the top is nothing. How you do it is everything.
~ Royal Robbins

They say the best alpinists are the ones with the worst memory.
~ Jimmy Chin

With sufficient planning, you can almost eliminate adventure from an expedition.
~ Roald Amundsen

You have a whole life in the outdoors, you realize you have a sense of responsibility to protect these wild places.
~ Yvon Chouinard

Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
~ Anatoli Boukreev

Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.
~ Immanuel Kant