It’s official! The First Ascent team is expanding!
We’re happy to announce that mountain guide David Morton, skier Lexi duPont, and snowboarders Chris Coulter, Kyle Miller, and Wyatt Caldwell will join the roster of legendary First Ascent mountain guides, including Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs and Dave Hahn, along with the team of ski guides and kayakers.
Here are the details on each of the five new team members, and watch for their stories on the Born Out There blog.
Seattle native David Morton is a well rounded ice, rock, and alpine climber with a history in ski mountaineering. He worked as a guide both domestically and internationally and has guided the seven summits—the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. David recently summited Mt. Everest with First Ascent Guide Melissa Arnot and will return to the Himalaya with Melissa later this month to climb Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world.
Lexi duPont is originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, and attends the University of Colorado in Boulder when she’s not chasing powder. A skier since she could walk, Lexi raced for the Sun Valley ski team and qualified for the Junior Olympics two years in a row. As a member of the University of Colorado Free Style Team she entered the Free Skiing World Tour, placing in the top 10 overall in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, she was also featured in Warren Miller’s Wintervention.
Chris Coulter is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite 13 broken bones before the age of 18, Chris did well in competitive snowboarding, winning the Slopestyle USASA Nationals in 1998 and Boarder Cross at the same competition in 1999. He’s appeared in more than 10 major snowboard films and graced the cover of Snowboarder in 2006. Chris holds Avalanche Level 1 and Level 2 certifications and spends his summers in the Patagonia Mountains of Argentina coaching and guiding.
Also a Seattle native, Kyle Miller currently lives at Crystal Mountain, WA. A late bloomer in the snowboarding industry, Kyle took up the sport at the age of 19. He summited the five highest volcanoes in Washington during the 2007 season and continued his passion the following year, becoming the first splitboarder ever to make snowboard descents of 25 Cascade volcanoes. The February 2011 issue of Backcountry Magazine called Kyle “ski and snowboard mountaineering’s new guard.”
Sun Valley’s Wyatt Caldwell has spent winters in Mammoth Lakes and Salt Lake City honing the craft he started at the age of five. After winning a USASA National Championship at 13, Wyatt began travelling and competing more extensively, winning the overall Grand Prix Halfpipe Championships and competing on the World Cup halfpipe contest circuit. He also won the Vans Cup Slopestyle and Rail Jam events and rode in the Winter X Games, U.S. Open, and the Mountain Dew Tour. Changing his focus to backcountry in recent years, Wyatt received his Avalanche Level 2 certification and is a Wilderness First Responder.
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