Burleson has been a mountain guide for over 15 years. He is the founder and
director of Alpine Ascents International. He has led 8 expeditions up Everest
and has summated twice. He has made more trips to the mountain then any other
non-Sherpa climber. He was on Everest May, 1996 and in recognition of his
bravery during the rescue efforts received the David J. Sowles Award given by
the American Alpine Club.
up in Alaska, developing a love for the mountains and
climbing. After graduating from school, he came down to
the lower 48 and received some professional training in
the Northwest. In 1980 he made his first trip to Asia.
He fell in love with the mountains and the tribal
people; he lived there for 2 years. He began his
international guiding career in 1986 and still considers
Nepal to be his second home.
Todd also founded the Alpine
Ascents Foundation; a non-profit organization that supports the Sherpa through
school scholarships. The idea is that through higher education these Sherpa
will return to their villages and help the communities rise above poverty, use
their knowledge to resourcefully improve the way of life and assist with
Todd has summited Everest twice 5/15/92 and
5/13/94. He has been part of several 8000 meter expeditions including
expeditions to Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu.