Dave Miller- Owner & Director
UIAGM/IFMGA Internationally Certified Mountain Guide & Ski Guide
AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, Rock Guide & Ski Mountaineering Guide
Dave has worked as an internationally certified mountain guide in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering throughout North America, Europe, Mexico and South America since 2001. The owner of International Alpine Guides, he also works full time as a climbing and ski mountaineering guide in the field. Dave is known for his easy going demeanor and flexibility while in the mountains. He believes flexibility is key to any mountain adventure and is always willing to change objectives to suit your goals and abilities.
Dave grew up in three very different places... the beaches of Southern California, the city streets of London, England, and finally the mountains of the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe. The mountains have been in his blood since his first family backpacking trip near Tuolumne Meadows at the age of seven and while learning to ski in the Austrian and Swiss Alps at the age of eight. Dave currently lives in the Eastern Sierra Nevada minutes from Yosemite National Park where it all began with that family backpacking trip in 1972. When not at work guiding and running IAG, you can find him climbing in his large backyard on some of the best rock climbs in the world or backcountry skiing out of his driveway.
So often in amazing places, Dave has taken up photography and strives to document his many mountain adventures around the world. Check out his photography website Dave Miller Alpine Guide | Photography
Climbing & Skiing Experience:
Dave's climbing adventures began back in 1980 while attending high school in the North Lake Tahoe area. He was pursuing a career as an alpine ski racer and achieved a ranking of 10th in the nation for his age in the downhill event.
Over thirty years later Dave considers his proudest climbing achievements to be his numerous one-day ascents of Yosemite's El Capitan including The Nose, The Zodiac and Lurking Fear, as well as his ascents of remote alpine rock routes in the High Sierra and the Alps. But it's his love of the mountain lifestyle that matters most. Dave is equally at home on a long technical face as on a mellow backcountry trail.
Dave's alpine climbing experience include long ice faces and rock climbing routes in Washington's North Cascade range, high altitude mountaineering in Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, and Mexico, numerous ascents in the French, Swiss & Italian Alps as well as ice climbs throughout the Western US. Dave has also climbed & skied numerous Cascade volcanoes from Mount Lassen to Mount Baker, including close to 80 ascents of California's Mount Shasta.
Dave's ski mountaineering adventures include glaciated ski tours in the French, Swiss & Italian Alps, the Coast Range of British Columbia and Alaska's Chugach Range plus many multi-day ski tours throughout the western United States and hundreds of days backcountry skiing in his home range of the Sierra Nevada.
- IFMGA/UIAGM internationally certified mountain guide
- Alpine climbing, rock climbing & ski mountaineering AMGA certified
- Level III avalanche training certificate
- Wilderness First Responder
- Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.