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About Me - Vertical Nomads

About Me

 

My name is Ash Gambhir. I am a climber, skier, and traveler from 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 climbed and skied in the major American mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada, Wasatch, Cascades, San Juan Mountains, White Mountains, and the Alaska Range. I have also been able to make trips to the Canadian Rockies, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and the Indian Himalayas. 

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:
I believe, how you climb or ski 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. 

Away from the mountains:
Away from the mountains, I have a business degree, MBA, and a passion for data science, analytics, and finance. I stand for environmental conservation, human and animal rights. I love reading, listening to audiobooks, trail 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