About Me


My name is Ash Gambhir. I am a climber, skier, and traveler currently living in San Diego, California. I grew up reading about the adventurers of climbers and explorers such as Ueli Steck, Voytek Kurtyka, Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker, Fridtjof Nansen, and Roald Amundsen. Along with the spirit of exploration and adventure, I have always had immense love and admiration for nature and the outdoors, especially mountains, rocks, ice, and snow. 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 tried to spend a lot of time in the mountains. 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, Alaska Range, San Juan 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 for the successful summit of Mt. Rainier via Liberty Ridge in 2018 and an attempt to climb Mt. Denali alpine style via Cassin Ridge in 2019. I am also an Ambassador for Golden State Guiding and a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR).


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. 

Outside of Climbing:
Away from the mountains, 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 paddleboarding with my beautiful wife, 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

The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.
~ Conrad Anker

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

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