Dave Hahn

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Dave Hahn, October, 2016

David Allen Hahn (born November 3, 1961, Okinawa, Japan) is an American professional mountain guide, ski patroller, journalist and lecturer. In May 2013, he reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 15th time - the most for a non-Sherpa climber, according to Outside Magazine contributor[1] and climber Alan Arnette.[2][3] Among Hahn’s other notable accomplishments are his 35 summits of Vinson Massif, Antarctica’s highest mountain. He has reached the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest peak, 21 times over the course of 30 expeditions.


Hahn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.[4] In 2014, he was inducted into The State University of New York at Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

In 1999, Hahn, who specializes in guiding high, glaciated mountains, led the team that discovered the remains of celebrated English climber George Mallory at 27,000 feet (8,200 m) on Mount Everest's North Face.[5][6] Mallory died on the mountain in 1924, along with fellow climber Andrew Irvine, but it has never been determined whether or not he first reached the top.

Hahn is a member of Eddie Bauer's "First Ascent" climbing team.[7] He is currently sponsored for ski equipment by Salomon and for climbing equipment by Whittaker Mountaineering, a climbing store in Ashford Washington.

Numerous organizations use Hahn as a guide including Rainier Mountaineering (for which he has worked since 1986), and Fathom Expeditions. Hahn is a regular guide on Mount Rainier in Washington with more than 270 ascents, as well as a professional ski patroller at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico where he has been employed since 1985. He has guided climbers to the summit of Cho Oyu twice, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, bordering Nepal and Tibet. Hahn has also guided former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson to the summits of Vinson and Mt. Everest.[8]

Hahn has also made a specialty of guiding the "Shackleton Crossing" on South Georgia, the island in Antarctic waters that figured prominently in the Endurance saga of 1914-16.,[9] a trip that earned the designation as Trip of the Year from Outside Magazine in 2004.[10]

Hahn has written for Outside [11][12][13] magazine and has been a correspondent for several websites, including MountainZone.com,[14] the RMI blog and Eddie Bauer's Live Your Adventure blog.[15] He has contributed to several books about Mount Everest and the search for George Mallory and Andrew Irvine.[6][16]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2001, Hahn was selected as the Denali Pro Mountaineer of the Year, by the National Park Service for rescues performed on Mount McKinley.[17]
  • 2002: Received the David A Sowles Award for Unselfish Valor, given by the American Alpine Club in recognition of rescues performed high on the Tibetan flank of Mount Everest in May 2001.[18]
  • 2008, Hahn was honored by the Nepal Mountaineering Association for the 2007 rescue of a climber in distress above 27,000 feet on Everest's South Side.[19]
  • 2008 ESPY Award nominee for Best Outdoor Athlete.[20]
  • 2009: Citizen's Award for Bravery from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Awarded for a rescue Hahn made of an injured climber on Mount Rainier in 2002. The rescue received additional attention because the helicopter that Hahn was in crashed upon descent. Hahn helped evacuate the pilot before making his way to the injured climber.[21]

Everest summits[edit]

  1. 1994[22][23]
  2. 1999[22]
  3. 2000[22]
  4. 2003[22]
  5. 2004[22]
  6. 2005[22]
  7. 2006 (spring)[22]
  8. 2006 (fall/autumn)[22]
  9. 2007[22]
  10. 2008[22]
  11. 2009[22]
  12. 2010[22]
  13. 2011[24]
  14. 2012[24]
  15. 2013[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Arnette". Outsideonline.com. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Everest Facts for Kids". Alanarnette.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. ^ Jolly, Joanna (28 August 2010). "Nepal's Himalayan record keeper". Bbc.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "2014 University at Buffalo Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced". Ubbulls.com. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. ^ "NOVA Online - Lost on Everest - Meet the Team 1999". Pbs.org. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Eric Simonson, Jochen Hemmleb, and Larry (1 October 1999). "Ghosts of Everest". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  7. ^ "First Ascent Expedition Clothing, Outerwear and Gear - Eddie Bauer". Eddiebauer.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Ernest Shackleton, Shackleton's Antarctic Journey, Endurance, MountainZone.com". Mountainzone.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. ^ Sohn, James Glave and Tim (1 March 2004). "Trips of a Lifetime". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  11. ^ "I Did It Friedl's Way". Outsideonline.com. 1 February 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  12. ^ Hahn, Dave (25 January 2008). "Aces High". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  13. ^ Hahn, Dave (24 January 2012). "How I Nearly Killed My Father". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Peter Potterfield, Outdoor Adventure Journalist - Biography in brief". Peterpotterfield.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Outerwear, Clothing, Shoes, Gear for Men & Women". Eddiebauer.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  16. ^ Hemmleb, Jochen. "Detectives on Everest : the 2001 Mallory & Irvine research expedition". Torontopubliclibrary.ca. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Denali Pro Award 2001". Nps.gov. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  18. ^ "David A. Sowles Memorial Award - American Alpine Club". Web.archive.org. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  19. ^ "2007 Rescue". Mountainguides.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  20. ^ D'Aniello, Chris. "2008 ESPY Awards: The Nominees". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Hahn Receives Award". Blogs.thenewsribune.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Climber Dave Hahn: Fifteen Trips to Everest". Greatoutdoors.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Everest summits 601 - 750". Adventurestats.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  24. ^ a b c "Dave Hahn Reflects on his Everest Summit Streak". Blog.eddiebauer.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.