David Morton is a freelance climbing and expedition guide, photographer/videographer, filmmaker, speaker-presenter, and non-profit founder and executive.
David has been guiding professionally for over 15 years. He operates customized, boutique climbing expeditions, treks, and experiences throughout the world with a focus on the Himalaya. He’s successfully guided clients to all of the world’s Seven Summits on multiple occasions, guided and taught domestically in diverse mountain environments, as well as guiding obscure and remote international technical ascents. David spent many years working for prominent guide services such as Alpine Ascents International and Exum Mountain Guides.
Diverse photo and video assignment projects are part of each year's work. His motion and still experience includes commercial marketing pieces, editorial coverage, documentary films, and big budget Hollywood productions. From over 8000 meters in the Himalaya to the sea level jungles of Papua, his photo and video work spans continents.
David is part Eddie Bauer’s world-class team of guides, athletes and adventurers. He tests their First Ascent gear on his expeditions, travels and explorations throughout the world contributing invaluable design feedback for their award winning gear and products. The design and product team based in Washington is directly connected with the product feedback team as they venture around the globe. Many of David’s adventures have been supported directly by Eddie Bauer or are operated in conjunction with them.
David takes lessons learned in his high stakes leadership position as an 8000 meter peak guide and expedition leader back to our modern life and workplace. His fun and informative talks include challenging and heartbreaking stories on Mt. Everest that connect with audiences in an intimate way while driving home universal messages and insights. He works with diverse organizations from the largest international corporations to high school outdoor programs. He leads customized outdoor leadership programs for corporations and business schools that range from two days to two weeks.
Equally enraptured by the people of the world as by the mountains of the world, he co-founded the Juniper Fund, a non-profit 501c(3) organization that supports local expedition workers in Nepal. He acts as the Executive Director and spends many early mornings working on its programs and fundraising.