Current Transportation: 2003 Dodge Sprinter
Core Activities: Alpine climbing
Non-Core Activities: Keeping it real, loving life, drinking coffee, running, fly fishing, the barbell, bikes
Favorite Places: Zion National Park, Pakistan, pitch two of the GWI during superbowl Sunday, my parent’s house, places with big trees
My Jam Is: Variable, depending on mood.
I Eat Lots Of: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, vegetables, chips and salsa
Fun Fact: I have pretty awful BO when I drink a lot of coffee and forget to drink water (surely, people don’t know).
In 2009, convinced that getting strung out on big alpine climbs was not a solid retirement plan, Kyle Dempster and a friend purchased a small Salt Lake City coffee shop and re-named it “Higher Ground Coffee.” Realizing now that small business ownership isn’t exactly a street paved in gold, Kyle divides his time between getting dangerously over caffeinated and channeling his buzz toward any form of climbing. Whether it’s a Himalayan peak, granite big wall, limestone sport cave, sandstone crack, boulder or tree, Kyle feels there is an experience in each and a story worth living.
In 1999, Mark Twight wrote "Extreme Alpinism," and in the book he stated, "Some time in the future, we will be able to regulate the insulating value of clothes to respond to heat and moisture output and to external conditions." The future has arrived. Wear the UberLayer and do everything.
Hybrid technology addresses the difference in thermoregulating properties of the body. Your back sweats more than your arms. One layer now does the 'work' of what three layers used to do. The Deviator Hoody keeps you warm and cool while standing still or running hard.
Inside The Mind Of An Alpinist’s Mentor
An interview with Kyle Dempster's alpine mentor and climbing inspiration—Dr. Bruce Normand. [Read More]
Remembering Justin Griffin, September 15, 1980 - November 14, 2015
Kyle Dempster shares the moments and characteristics that endeared the late Justin Griffin to him. [Read More]
A Brush With Death In The Pakistani Karakoram—A Technical Analysis
A blown V-thread. Following a broken leg and two chopped ropes. Kyle Dempster hashes out what went wrong. [Read More]
A Brush With Death In The Pakistani Karakoram
How does it feel when you could have died? Kyle Dempster looks for answers after an expedition goes sour. Really, really sour. [Read More]
Tibet via Buick
Kyle Dempster's Winter Climbing Vacation Through China in American Luxury [Read More]
The Art, History And Ethics Of Trundling
Tempted to tip that precarious boulder on route? Think about this first. [Read More]
Kyle Dempster Goes South Of The Border
With a Yosemite-scale limestone valley, tacos, beer and barely a tourist in sight, what's not to love? [Read More]
Finding Alpine Solitude In Nevada
Kyle Dempster explores isolated, scrappy climbing closer to home. [Read More]
Sport Climbing in Greece and Turkey
Kyle Dempster falls for sport climbing, Mediterranean style. [Read More]
The Motivation of a Child
A friend once asked, “Where does your motivation come from to climb the mountains that you do?… [Read More]
First Ascent: East Face, K7
Assalaam alaikum everyone! Hope y'all are having a great summer. Everything is splendid here in Pakistan. Hayden, Urban and I are finished with part one of our Pakistani doubleheader and with great… [Read More]
Throwing Horseshoes at China
Kyle Dempster motivates himself with trail running and Chinese mountain photography
At the end of the summer, I quit climbing. The decision was made after Yosemite hardman Skiyler Detray and I… [Read More]
Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan: Solace By Cycle
Equanimity is typically not the emotion experienced during the planning and execution of a several month journey through Kyrgyzstan, China, and Pakistan. But during the spring of 2011 it was the sentiment… [Read More]