Aaron Gustafson

Wilderness First Responder

Known in certain circles as the "King of the campfire stories,” Aaron's adventure tales run the gamut, from sleeping with buffalo, to surviving severe weather events, to epic tales of climbing adventure.

Aaron is truly a man of the mountains. He spent his early years in the Swiss Alps, where his family lives. The Alps surely influenced his young heart and mind.

After his family returned to the Midwest, many visits to the American Rockies in his teens fed his interest in mountains and alpine exploration. In addition to annual visits to the family cabin in the Sierra Nevada, Aaron’s family traveled to many National Parks and camped every where in between, enriching him with a life full of outdoor adventues. Hiking and climbing in the mountains became a huge part of his life.

Aaron developed a passion for the alpine environment, the realm of rock, ice and snow above tree line. His love for ice climbing began in his early 30's, as an attempt to exploring farther and deeper into the mountains. Even since, alpine climbing and traveling has been his real hobby. The Canadian Rockies and Swiss Alps are two of his favorite destinations, though he has traveled widely in search of quality ice lines.

In addition to his climbing pursuits, Aaron spent many years as a musician, spending all his time and energy for many years writing and performing music professionally.

Aaron loves to share his stories and passion for the outdoors, and is always looking for the next big adventure. So let’s create another adventure spending the day climbing together!