Alastair McDowell

Alastair is part of our second intake of mentored climbers, coming in for the 2016-2019 period. Since joining he has climbed the South Face/Grand Traverse linkup on Aoraki/Mt Cook, the first ascent of the West Ridge of Taulliraju in Peru, Punta Herron in Patagonia, 4 routes on El Capitan including in-a-day ascents of Freerider and the Nose. His favourite alpine project in NZ was finally climbing the South Face of Mt Hutton. While living in Chamonix for a stint he made a 3 day traverse of Les Drus, and scaled some of the classic North Faces such as the Grandes Jorasses, the Petit Dru and Dent Blanche in Switzerland. On his first foray in the Alaska range he helped establish a new rock route on Mt Barrill in the Ruth Gorge. He also enjoys mountain running and has recently been experimenting with combining running & climbing such as during quick ascents of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.