About Gary

A native Australian, I am the founder and owner of Right Path Adventures, LLC.  I have been traveling and exploring the world for over 50 years.

I left Australia with a daypack, my passport and a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal. 32 years later, I always say – “I am still on that same trip”.  I spent the next few years trekking and climbing in Nepal and started working as a trekking guide for an international travel company. I have been running my own adventure travel trips since 1982 when I started a trekking and guiding company Alpine Ascents in Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 25.

Over the last 35 years I have led over 1,000 guests on over 250 adventure travel trips all over the world, including 40 treks and expeditions in Nepal and over 100 tours in the Dolomites. I have a perfect safety record with no accidents, so you are in expert hands.

As world class mountaineer, I set a world record in 1986 for the fastest unsupported solo and the first one day ascent of Denali in Alaska. I climbed it alone from the 7,000 foot landing strip to the 20,320 foot summit in a superhuman 18 ½ hours. A record that stood for 27 years.

I love to have fun and believe in keeping the adventure in adventure travel. I am passionate about helping my clients “get in the moment” as soon as possible on my trips. I encourage people to move past their self-imposed doubts and fears. I have a knack for helping people push themselves beyond what they ever thought they could do or achieve.

I am an expert at assessing people’s walking ability and matching them with the right trail. I will be able to challenge you as much or as little as you want. I am also an expert at advanced walking techniques and will gladly show you ways to improve how you walk so you are more efficient and will not feel as tired at the end of the day.

I have spent many years in these mountains and I know where to take people on trails according to their ability and the weather and perhaps more importantly – where not to take people.

A published author, in 2003 I wrote “Summit Strategies – Secrets to Mastering the Everest in Your Life”, weaving in lessons I learned while climbing my way around the world and have authored rock climbing and triathlon guidebooks.

I have been told I have an easy going, Australian “no-worries-mate” attitude that is infectious. I am very passionate about showing my friends and guests the hidden delights of the areas we visit particularly the Dolomites and I know this is where I want to spend the rest of my life.

Gary P. Scott - Professional Mountain & Walking Guide

Career Highlights:

• World-record holder, first one-day solo ascent (18 ½ hrs) of Denali, Alaska, 1986.
• Attempted a solo, one-day speed ascent of Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen in 1991.
• Returned for another attempt in 2008 reaching 27,500ft without oxygen.
• Owned and operated an adventure travel company in Kathmandu, Nepal 82-83.
• Lead Mountain Guide for the Palisade School of Mountaineering, CA, 84-87.
• Ice climbing guide for the International Mountain School, New Hampshire, 84-87.
• Has personally guided 40 trekking and/or mountaineering expeditions in Nepal.
• Fastest recorded ascent of Kala Pattar 18,357 feet in Nepal, Nov. 2002, in 34:43.
• 200+ first ascents and a pioneer of extreme rock climbing in Australia up to 5.12.
• Guided over 250 international adventure travel trips without an accident.

Timeline

Mt. Everest 29,028 feet – Co-leader of successful expeditions in 1991 & 2008.

Mt. Kanchenjunga 28,210 feet; Mt. Ama Dablam 22,494 feet; Mt. Chulu West 21,785 feet; Pisang Peak 19,780 feet; Pokhalde Peak 19,091 feet; Tent Peak 18,570 feet; Mera Peak 21,450 feet – solo ascent in winter; Mt. Thami Ri  17,890 feet – solo winter ascent; Island Peak 20,238 feet – 5 successful ascents.

Denali 20,320 feet, Alaska.  World-record one-day solo ascent from the 7,000 feet Base Camp to the summit in 18 ½ hours, June 1986.  Plus 2 other guided ascents.

The Salathe 3,000 feet, VI, 5.11, A3, on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.  Successful ascents of Mt. Rainer via 2 routes, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, and Glacier Peak in Washington; Mt. Sill via 3 routes, North Palisade via 3 routes, Mt. Whitney 4 x via the East Buttress and the Mountaineers route, the Palisade High Traverse twice, and Mount Shasta, all in California.

Two ascents of La Malinche 14,650 feet, Iztaccihuatl 17,373 feet and El Pico de Orizaba 18,700 feet.

Over 200 first ascents achieved between 1978 – 1980 in South Australia.
These included: Total Control 5.11C, Pizzaz 5.11B, Eternal Damnation 5.11B, Gorilla My Dreams 5.11A, Caravanseri 5.10D, Digital Input 5.10D, Coolabong 5.10C, Popsical Toes 5.10C, and Walking On The Moon 5.10B(X) plus dozens more. Extensive climbing at the highest levels at over 30 areas in 5 states.  I was a huge proponent of clean climbing and in 200 first ascents I placed only one bolt on the first ascent Walking on the Moon 5.10B (X) which was the only pro in 120 feet.

Mt. Acconcagua 22,984 feet – guided a group of five team members in 1988.

Mt. Kilimanjaro 19,340 feet – guided a group of five members in 2003.

Mt. Elbrus 18,540 feet – guided one client in 2003.

Mt. Blanc 15,781 feet – guided one client in 2007.

The Milford Track and the Routeburn Track in New Zealand, the “W” trek in the Torres des Paines National Park in Patagonia, three trips of the Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Italy and Switzerland, and thousands of miles hiking in Australia, Europe and the U.S.

CEO and founder – Right Path Adventures, Utah 08 – present * President and founder – Backwoods Adventures, Inc., Kansas 04–06 * Gary Scott Adventures, Inc. – Adventure Guide, Colorado – 91–03 * Team Everest 03’ – Expedition Co-Leader; American Everest Expedition – Sponsorship Coordinator; Colorado – 90-91’ * Challenge, Inc. – President and Expedition Guide; New Hampshire – 86-90’ * McKinley High Altitude Research Project – Project Manager; Alaska – 86 * International School of Mountaineering – Ice Climbing Guide; New Hampshire – 85-86’ * Palisade School of Mountaineering – Mountain Guide; California, – 84-86’ * Alpine Ascents – Mountain Guide; Kathmandu, Nepal – 84-85’ * Encounter Overland – Trekking Guide; London, U.K. – 83-84’ * Thor Adventures – Rock Climbing Instructor; Adelaide, Australia – 79-82’.

Member of the American Mountain Guides Association and the American Alpine Club.