Daniel Arnold G.


South Hadley, MA
Hometown: Detroit

Member since:

October 30, 2013

Which aspects of mountaineering and backcountry sports are of most interest to you? -- (Hiking) (Backcountry Skiing) (Ice Climbing) (Rock Climbing) (Backpacking & Camping) ?

I am interested in hiking, backpacking & camping, rock climbing and ice climbing.

What is your level of mountaineering experience or other backcountry skills? -- (Novice) (Beginner) (Intermediate) (Advanced) (Pro)? (Feel free to add some specifics):

I am an advanced hiker, backpacker and camper. I am an advanced beginner in rock climbing and ice climbing. My rock and ice climbing skills are rather rusty at this point as I have not gone rock or ice climbing in a few years. I would like to refresh my rock and ice climbing skills. I have been a member of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) for 11 years and I remain a member now. I have climbed 40 of Colorado's 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet) as well as many other mountains in Colorado. Also, I have climbed 17 state high-points. I have served as a Senior Instructor for the CMC's Wilderness Trekking School and as an Assistant Instructor for the CMC's Basic Mountaineering School and Winter Camping School.

What is your greatest achievement in the the mountains as of today?

In 2010, I climbed Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl). At 18,000+ feet, it is the high point of Mexico and the highest point to which I have ever climbed.

What is you "next" greatest goal? Touch some summit? Backpack a trail?

I have a few goals. I would like to "complete" the Colorado 14ers (there are 54 of them) as well as the Colorado centennials (the 100 highest peaks). I would like to climb all 50 state high points. I would like to climb more peaks above 15,000 feet - perhaps in South America or in Asia. I am interested in possibly climbing Denali, Aconcagua and Muztagh Ata.

What was your most epic, trip that gives you the cold sweats in the middle of the night?

Some friends and I attempted to climb Mount Rainier in 2009. We did not reach the summit. At the beginning of the trip, there were 9 people in our group. By the time we actually attempted to reach the summit, there were 4 people on our rope team. The other 5 people in the group decided to not attempt to go to the summit because of either fatigue or old injuries. The 4 of us who attempted to reach the summit reached 12,800 feet before deciding to turn back as we were moving rather slowly. We realized that if we went for the summit, we would be completing our ascent and doing our descent on dangerously soft snow and ice.


I was born in Detroit. I have lived in many different places around the USA. Prior to coming to South Hadley, Massachusetts, I lived for a year in China. Before that I lived in Colorado for 18 years. I love hiking, mountain climbing and traveling.

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