dZi Foundation and Sherbino present Brad Johnson: My Climbing Life

Brad Johnson, born and raised in Boulder, Colorado is founder and managing director to Peaks & Places Travel, offering guided trekking and climbing trips to Peru and Nepal. Brad has been a trekking leader and mountain guide for over 30 years. Accompanying his parents, he first climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 14.


In his early twenties, he was part of a team of six who made the 1st ascent of the Arc Angle Ridge on Mt. Foraker in Alaska. The following year along with three friends, Brad made 8th ascent of the Cassin Ridge on Denali at age 21. He then went on to the Alps to climb in France and Switzerland and climbed the North Face of the Matterhorn at age 22.

Brad’s passion for climbing eventually turned into guiding in South America on the volcanoes of Ecuador. However, when he discovered the Cordillera Blanca Mountains of Peru he spent the next 27 seasons guiding and climbing 23 different peaks by 35 different routes in this amazing range.

In Nepal, Brad has been on 8 expeditions to 8,000m peaks, three to Mt. Makalu, once to the North Ridge of K2 from the Chinese side in 1994. He has been on two expeditions to Cho Oyu, summiting in 1999, and two expeditions to Mt Everest, successfully reaching the summit in the spring of 2013. He has also climbed Ama Dablam, as well as many other 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

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