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David Ashley

Extreme Adventure Climber & Expedition Leader

Phoenix, AZ, USA


adventure racer

high altitude mountaineer

mount everest summit

seven continents peaks

fifty us states peaks

everest base camp treks

Expert Bio

Dave "Dash" Ashley, a distinguished West Point graduate and retired Air Force Colonel, possesses an impressive array of achievements. Not only is he an accomplished Astronautical Engineer, but he is also a selfless living kidney donor, a national champion adventure racer, and a holder of multiple Guinness World Records. Moreover, Dash has proven himself as a skilled high altitude mountaineer. Following his retirement from the military in 2017, Dash developed an unwavering passion for conquering lofty peaks. Since then, he has wholeheartedly dedicated himself to climbing, making it his full-time pursuit. In a truly remarkable feat, he successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest and the highest peaks on all seven continents within a mere 12 months. Additionally, he has conquered the highest peak in each of the 50 US states not once, but twice. In 2022, Dash broadened his horizons by leading expeditions to Everest Base Camp. This endeavor allowed him to share his love for climbing with others, inspiring them to embark on their own adventures. Motivated by his experiences and the desire to offer exceptional climbing experiences, Dash established Dash Adventures LLC in 2023. The company's motto encapsulates his vision: Making Friends and Climbing Mountains. Beyond leading treks and climbs, Dash also provides invaluable adventure consulting services. Covering a wide range of topics, including adventure racing, trekking, and high altitude mountaineering, he ensures that individuals are well-prepared before embarking on their own journeys. By connecting with Dash beforehand, adventurers can guarantee they arrive physically prepared, equipped with the necessary gear and attire, and armed with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect during their thrilling escapades. Some examples include: Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim Adventure racing: Sprint, One Day, Multi-Day Expedition Lengths US State High Points: Whitney, Rainier, Hood, Granite, Gannett Seven Summits: Denali, Aconcagua, Vinson, Kilimanjaro, Kosciuszko, Elbrus/Mont Blanc, Everest Nepal Trekking and Climbing: Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Lobuche East, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Ama Dablam Ecuador Trekking and Climbing: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Cayambe, ILLINIZA NORTE Iceland Trekking: Laugavegur Trail Costa Rica's La Ruta de Conquistadors 3-Day Mountain Bike Race Great Divide Bike Packing from Canada to Mexico


Commissioned Officer

US Air Force

Jun 1997 - Jun 2019

CEO/Trip Leader

Dash Adventures

Nov 2023 - current

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Bachelor of Science

United States Military Academy


Jun 1993 - May 1997

Masters of Engineering

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Astronautical Engineering

Jun 1997 - May 1998

Masters of Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park

Materials Engineering

Sep 2000 - May 2002


National War College

National Security Studies

Aug 2014 - May 2015

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