Kyle Dempster

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
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
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, CiloGear, ProBar, Rimini Coffee
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.

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]

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]

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