Simonson is one of the world's premiere international
expedition leaders, specializing in climbs of Mt.
Everest and the other classic 8,000m peaks. Eric has
been a professional guide since 1973 and has
personally conducted over 80 expeditions around the
globe, including over 25 to the Himalaya.
Simonson's 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research
Expedition stunned historians and the mountaineering
community last May with its discovery of the remains
of George Mallory, a famed pioneer in Everest
team took a giant step toward unraveling
mountaineering's greatest mystery -- the fate of the
1924 Mallory/Irvine expedition.
of Everest, the inside story of the 1999
expedition, was published by The Mountaineers Books in
is an owner and active partner in International
Mountain Guides (www.mountainguides.com),
one of the oldest and most active U.S. mountaineering
companies in operation today, conducting expeditions
and treks throughout the world.
Eric also owns and operates Mt. Rainier Alpine
offering mountaineering training and seminars as well
as guided summit climbs via Mt. Rainier's Emmons
serves on the Board of Directors of the American
Mountain Guides Association and the American
Foundation for International Mountaineering
Exploration and Research. Eric's personal climbing
resume includes expeditions on every continent of the
globe, including the "Seven Summits", seven
expeditions to Mt. Everest, reaching the summit in
1991 via the North Ridge route (and three other trips
reaching 8750 meters). Other classic ascents include
Mt. Vinson (Antarctica), Peak Communism (Tajikistan),
Mt. Elbrus (Russia), Aconcagua (Argentina), and Cho
Oyu (Tibet.) His experience in the U.S. includes over
260 ascents of Mt. Rainier and 16 ascents of Mt.
McKinley in Alaska.
currently resides in Ashford, Washington at the base
of Mt. Rainier. A
native of that state, he 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.