Summit Dream


CLIMB EXPERIENCE:

[ Year | Mountain | Route | Leader | Group | Description ]

2017 | Mt. Shuksan | Fisher Chimneys | Larry Beck | Mazamas | 9,127 feet | Mt Shuksan is the tallest non-volcanic peak in the Cascades.


2017 | Mt. Olympus | Blue Glacier | Lisa Ripps | Mazamas | 7,969 feet | This climb starts at 500 feet – the lowest start of any climb in my climbing history.
2014 | Mount Stuart | Cascadian Couloir | Amy Mendenhall | Mazamas | 9,415 feet | The Stuart massif is figured to be the largest mass of exposed granite in the U.S.
2013 | Mt. Washington | North Ridge | Bruce Yatvin | Mazamas | 7,794 feet | Perfect weather; great team; good rock – for Oregon.
2012 | Glacier Peak | Cool Glacier | Bruce Yatvin | Mazamas | 10,541 feet | Perhaps the most beautiful climb in the NW. Think, “Sound of Music”.
2012 | North Sister |SW Ridge | John Godino | Mazamas | 10,085 feet | My first experience being “chased” by a forest fire. Read “Going South on North Sister”.
2009 | Mt. Everest, Nepal | South Col Route | Vern Tejas | Alpine Ascents International | 24,500 ft (summit is 29,035) Reached Camp III at 24,500 ft. Forced to return to Base camp due to frostbite on fingers.
2008 | Cotopaxi, Ecuador | Normal Route | Jose Luis Peralvo | Alpine Ascents International | 19,347 ft | We managed to reach the summit in very difficult conditions – wind gusts exceeded 70 mph; visibility was limited.
2008 | Chimborazo, Ecuador | El Castillo Route | Jose Luis Peralvo | Alpine Ascents International | 20,702 ft | With great weather and snow conditions we were able to reach the summit of the highest peak in Ecuador.
2008 | Ixtaccihatl, Mexico | Ridge Route | Michael Horst | Alpine Ascents International | 17,354 feet | Kurt's second ascent of this peak.
2008 | El Pico de Orizaba, Mexico | Jamapa Glacier Route | Michael Horst | Alpine Ascents International | 18,850 feet | Kurt's second ascent of this peak. Perfect weather and snow conditions.
2007 | Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia | North Face Route | Bill Allen | Mountain Trip | At 16,023 ft, Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak in the Australasian Continent. Kurt has now successfully climbed six of the "Seven Summits."
2007 | Pyramida Blanca, Bolivia| Joey Elton | American Alpine Institute | 17,159 feet | Kurt's first of two climbs in the Condoriri Valley – just two-hour drive from La Paz.
2007 | Pequeno Alpamayo, Bolivia| Joey Elton | American Alpine Institute | 17,618 feet | Kurt's second climb in the Condoriri Valley.
2007 | Huayna Potosi, Bolivia| Joey Elton | American Alpine Institute | 19,974 feet | Great views of Lake Titicacca to the west and the Amazon lowlands to the east.
2007 | Illimani, Bolivia| Danny Uhlmann | American Alpine Institute | 21,201 feet | Stopped just 40 feet short of the summit due to an impassable crevasse.
2006 | Mt. Rainier, Washington | Emmons Glacier | Whit Fellers | Mazamas | Great route. Highest peak in Washington.
2006 | Mt. Jefferson, Oregon | South Ridge | Eric Hoem | Awesome views from the top.
2006 | Mt. Hood, Oregon | South Side | Kurt Gusinde | Kurt's fourth summit of Mt. Hood.
2005 |  Mt. Vinson, Antarctica | Branscomb Glacier Route | Eric Murphy | Alpine Ascents Intl. | At 16,067 feet, Vinson is the highest peak on the Antarctic continent.
2005 | Three Fingered Jack, Oregon | South Ridge | Rick Posekany | Mazama’s | Beautiful weather. Easy rock climb to the top.
2005 | Denali, (Mt. McKinley) Alaska | West Buttress Route | Eric Remza | Alpine Ascents Intl. | At 20,320, Denali is the highest peak in North America.
2005 | Mt. Aconcaugua, Argentina | Vacas Valley Route | Eric Murphy | Alpine Ascents Intl. | At 22,829 feet, Aconcaugua is the highest peak in the Americas.
2004 |  Mt. Elbrus, Russia |  Maly Azau Glacier Route | Vern Tejas | Alpine Ascents Intl. | Highest Peak in the European Continent.
2004 | Aconcaugua, Argentina | Vacas Valley Route | Willi Prittie | Alpine Ascents Intl. | Achieved new altitude high at 22,000 ft.
2003 | Mt. Baker, Washington | Coleman-Deming | Dan Schuster | Mazama's | One of Kurt's favorite climbs in the Northwest.
2002 | Mt. St. Helens, Washington | Swift Creek Trail | Kurt Gusinde | Independent | Great training climb.
2002 | South Sisters, Oregon | Devil's Lake | Art Walker | Mazama's | Beautiful view of Central Oregon.
2002 | Mt. Shasta, California | Hotlum-Bolam Glacier | Rich Bayless | Mazama's | Great climb. Kurt's favorite in California.
2002 | Mt. Kilmanjaro, Africa | Machame Route | Vern Tejas | Alpine Ascents Intl. | Great intro into high altitude climbing.
2001 | Cayambe & Cotapaxi, Equador | Standard | Robert Link | Mt. Link | Did not summit due to weather.
2000 | St. Helens, Washington | Monitor Ridge | Eric Hoem | Mazama's | Great training climb. Not too difficult.
2000 | Mt. Adams, Washington | South Side | Eric Hoem | Mazama's | Great Northwest climb. Beautiful weather!
2000 | Mt. Rainier, Washington | Kautz Cleaver | RMI | RMI | Difficult route. Camped on the summit!
2000 | Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico | Ridge Route | Robert Link | Mt. Link | Great intro into international climbing.
2000 | El Pico De Orizaba, Mexico | Jamapa Glacier | Robert Link | Mt. Link | Most challenging climb to date. Awesome views.
1999 | Mt. Shavino., Colorado | Trail | Kurt Gusinde | N/A | One of Colorado's 52 fourteeners.
1999 | Mt. Whitney, California | Trail | Kurt Gusinde | N/A | Highest peak in the lower 48 states.
1995 | Mt. Hood, Oregon | South Side | Gene Curtis | N/A | Always a fun climb. Great weather.
1989 | Middle Sister, Oregon | Renfrew Glacier | Cheryl Harris | Mazama's | One of the Three Sisters in Central Oregon.
1988 | Mt. Bailey, Oregon | Hungarian traverse | Jim Lathrop | Mazama's | No snow. Great training hike.
1988 | Mt. Thielson, Oregon | SW Ridge | Jim Lathrop | Mazama's | Fun rock scramble. No snow.
1988 | Mt. Hood, Oregon | West Crater Rim | Jim Lathrop | Mazama's | Second time up Mt. Hood. Beautiful weather.
1986 | Mt. Hood, Oregon | South Side | Jim Lathrop | Mazama's | First climb of glaciated peak. Exhilarating!

CLIMB EDUCATION

[ Year | Course | Location | Provider ]

2015 | Anchors School | Phoenix, AZ | Arizona Mountaineering Club
2011 | Winter Mountaineering School | Flagstaff, Arizona | Arizona Mountaineering Club | Instructor
2007 | Wilderness First Aid | Phoenix, Arizona | SOLO
2004 | Anchors & Advanced Ropework School | Phoenix, Arizona | Arizona Mountaineering Club
2004 | Basic Rock Climbing School | Phoenix, Arizona | Arizona Mountaineering Club
2000 | Advanced Expedition (5 day) | Mt. Rainier, Washington| RMI
1999 | Camp Muir Seminar (5 day) | Mt. Rainier, Washington| RMI
1988 | Mazama - Basic Climb School | Portland, Oregon | Mazama's
1975 | Winter Mountaineering (11 day) | Lander, Wyoming | NOL'S