Daniel Birdwell


Daniel first learned to climb in the Pamir of Central Asia, where he grew up. It was there that he first developed a passion for exploration, always wondering what it would be like to see those lofty couloirs and peaks firsthand. Daniel now thrives in the Vail Valley, climbing and exploring our local crags. His happy places are on long routes in tall mountains, where he loves the fresh air and alpine vistas. He loves sharing his passion for exploration with others, pointing out the beauty of the world’s mountainous places and teaching the skills of adventuring safely in the high country.
When not scaling rock, Daniel can be found playing guitar, and he loves hiking and running with his wife. He has a Great Pyrenees you might see walking him around some of the local trails of Eagle, Colorado. Daniel enjoys eating Thai food any time he can.
Daniel has a B.A. in Intercultural studies from Biola University, has completed a certification from the American Mountain Guide Association as a Single Pitch Instructor, has completed the AMGA Rock Guide course, has been trained up to AIARE level 1, and is trained as a Wilderness First Responder by Wilderness Medical Associates.


  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE level 1
  • CPR and First Aid