Eric Simonson International Mountain Guides Director
About Eric Simonson

Eric Simonson, IMG Partner

Eric has been a professional mountain guide since 1973 and has personally conducted over 100 major expeditions around the globe, including over 30 to the Himalayas. He has become recognized internationally as one of the world's premiere mountaineering expedition leaders, specializing in climbs of Mt. Everest and the other classic 8,000m peaks of the Himalayas. During his professional career of over 40 years, he has spent over 5,000 days of active guiding and is a Certified Alpine Guide and Ski Mountaineering Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association, for which he served from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the Board of Directors.

Eric's guiding experience in the U.S. includes 290 successful ascents of Mt. Rainier and 17 ascents of Mt. McKinley in Alaska. His international guiding and climbing resume includes expeditions on every continent of the globe, including ascents of the "Seven Summits" and eleven expeditions to Mt. Everest, reaching the summit in 1991 via the North Ridge.

Other adventures have included Peak Communism (Tajikistan), Carstensz Pyramid (Irian Jaya), Cho Oyu (Tibet.), the National Geographic Society 1998 GPS Expedition (remeasuring Everest), and several scientific expeditions including high altitude botanical research on Mt. Kenya, recovering geologic samples from the Patriot Hills in Antarctica, glacial geology and snowline research in the Himalayas, and radiometric surveying in the western USA for the Department of Energy.

Eric is a co-owner and active manager of International Mountain Guides, LLC and directs the company's Himalayan Programs. He co-authored Ghosts of Everest, published by The Mountaineers Books in October 1999, sharing the story of his 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition and recently named as one of the 20th Century's 50 best mountaineering books by the American Alpine Club. He also co-authored Detectives on Everest, published by The Mountaineers Books in July 2002, recapping the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition which conducted the world's highest archeology project and culminated with the accomplishment of the highest mountaineering rescue in history.

Eric is a native of Washington State, and received a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota followed by a M.S. in Geology from the University of Washington. As a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, he served 2002-2009 on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A member of American Alpine Club since 1975, he served on the Board of Directors 2009-2012. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for International Mountaineering Exploration and Research.

Eric Simonson's International Mountain Guides Trips

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Eric Simonson in the News

  • The News Tribune
    May 2016 — IMG Partner profiled as "Adventurer of the Week: Mountaineer Eric Simonson"
  • NYU's
    March 2009 — IMG's Eric Simonson comments in an article about research on the health effects of high altitude
  • Eric Simonson Elected to American Alpine Club Board
    February 2009 — IMG partner Eric Simonson was recently elected to the Board of the American Alpine Club. IMG has been an AAC Industry Partner since 2005, and we support the mission of the American Alpine Club, the voice for American climbers for over 100 years. If you are a climber, you should consider joining the AAC! For more info, please visit:
  • IMGer's First Everest Expedition
    Read Jim Wickwire's 1983 American Alpine Journal story of IMG directors Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler and George Dunn's first Everest expedition.
  • Simonson's First Himalayan Expedition
    Read Eric Simonson's American Alpine Journal story of his first Himalayan expedition — a 1979 epic on Annapurna.

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