Ken Cragin


Ken grew up in New Hampshire climbing in the White Mountains in all seasons of the year. Ken is an avid technical rock climber, climbing internationally and throughout the US 200+ days a year.

Ken’s mountaineering experience began in 2001 with the ascent of the Grand Teton. The irresistibly beckoning image of the jagged peaks of the Tetons further fueled his passion for climbing and alpine mountaineering. His first big mountain climb was a trip to Aconcagua in 2003. Following that trip, Ken returned to his passion for alpine climbing with an invigorating solo scramble up Long’s Peak during the spring of 2003. Looking out over the summits of the Colorado 14’ers filled him with great feelings of joy and happiness and firmly cemented his passion for climbing.

Ken spent part of autumn in 2004 in Glacier National Park, scrambling to the summits of some 3rd class peaks, and this trip was followed by an ascent of Mt. Hood in March of 2005.

Ken discovered Summit Sensations in 2005, and became involved in assisting the glacier travel workshops held jointly with the AMC each spring. In 2006, Ken participated in a Summit Sensations climb of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Glacier and led the rope team to a successful summit.

In the fall of 2007, Ken had the immense fortune to be able to travel to Nepal, where he trekked to Mt. Everest basecamp, and climbed Lobuche East and Ama Dablam, one of the most visually striking mountains anywhere on Earth. This trip left him with a lasting appreciation of the tremendous fortune we have living in the US, gave him a deep respect for the people of Nepal, and left him awestruck at the overwhelming, austere beauty of the Himalaya. Naturally, the trip added even more peaks to a life list that is already bursting at the seams.