Ash Gambhir Golden State Guiding Ambassador

ASH GAMBHIR // GSG Ambassador

Ash grew up reading about the adventurers of climbers and explorers such as Conrad Anker, Ed Vesturs, Reinhold Messner and Sir Edmund Hillary. Along with the spirit of exploration and adventure, he always had an immense love and admiration for nature and the outdoors, especially rocks, mountains, snow, and ice. His love for adventure and exploration combined with his love for the outdoors on a climbing trip to Joshua Tree in 2012. Since then he has climbed rock, ice, mountains, glaciers and big walls all around the world. He has climbed several routes in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Canadian Rockies, Southern Alps of New Zealand and the Indian Himalayas. 

Ash is a recipient of American Alpine Club Live Your Dream Grant 2018 for the successful summit of Mount Rainier via Liberty Ridge and is currently working on his AMGA SPI. Ash is very involved with the San Diego climbing community thought the American Alpine Club San Diego Chapter and works hard to encourage, coach, and climb with people who are passionate and aspire to learn about various forms of climbing.

Outside of climbing Ash has a business degree (MBA) and a career as a Financial Analyst. He is very passionate about sustainability, entrepreneurship, analytics, and finance. He stands for environmental conservation, human and animal rights. When he is not climbing he loves reading, running, biking, sailing, and paddle boarding.


Career Highlights

  • Mt Rainier, Liberty Ridge (AI3, Grade IV) Mount Rainier NP, Washington
  • Mt Russell, Fishhook Arete (5.9, 8 pitches, Grade III) Lone Pine, California
  • The Clacy and the Blade, Ranger Creek (WI5, 2 pitches, Grade II) Canmore, Canada
  • The Ribbon (WI4, 4 pitches, Grade II) Ouray, Colorado 
  • Mt Whitney, East Face (5.7, 10 pitches, Grade III) Lone Pine, California
  • San Jacinto Peak, Snow Creek (AI2, Grade V) Palm Springs, California
  • Spaceshot (C2, 8 pitches, Grade IV) Zion National Park, Utah
  • Triton Tower, El Cajon Mountain (5.11a, 3 pitches, Grade II) Lakeside, California


 Favorite Quote: 

Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
~ Anatoli Boukreev