Phil Powers (climber)

Phil Powers (born 20 February 1961) is an American alpinist, author and educator. He is famous for his first ascent of the Washburn Face of Denali, as well as his significant leadership roles within the climbing industry.

Phil Powers
Personal information
Born (1961-02-20) February 20, 1961
OccupationExecutive Director of American Alpine Club
Climbing career
Type of climberAlpinist


Born in Oklahoma to Jack and Betsy Powers, Phil began climbing at age 15. Since then, his achievements have included the first ascent of the Washburn Face of Denali (named in honor of Bradford Washburn), the first winter traverse of the Cathedral Group in the Grand Tetons, the first ascent of Western Edge (a 23-pitch rock route) on Lukpilla Brakk, the first American ascent of Gasherbrum II in Pakistan, and an ascent of K2 without supplemental oxygen. Powers has also led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan's Karakoram Range.

He is currently the executive director of the American Alpine Club (2005-Present).[1] Powers also served as vice president for institutional advancement at Naropa University and worked for seventeen years with the National Outdoor Leadership School as chief mountaineering instructor and development/partnerships director. He is also the owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and author of NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering.


  1. "AAC: Who we are: Phil Powers". American Alpine Club. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
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