A native of New Mexico, Tapley Richards has been a professional mountain guide since 1991. He has reached the summit of Mount Rainier over 125 times. His guiding career has taken him to Nepal, Argentina, Mexico and Alaska. He has led successful expeditions on Cho Oyu, Mount McKinley and Aconcagua, just to name a few.
127 successful summits on Mount Rainier; via eight different routes
9 Mt. McKinley expeditions; reached summit 6 times
3 Mt. Everest expeditions; Summit 2006
3 Aconcagua expeditions
8 Mexico Volcanoes trips; reached summit of Ixta. and Orizaba seven times
2 Kilimanjaro trips
5 Mt. Whitney climbs; reached summit via east face and mountaineers routes
Peru expedition; reached 21,700' on Huascaran
3 Kokopelli mountain bike trips, Utah and Colorado
Trip coordinator for mtn. biking trips and Chamonix ski/climbing adventures
Contributions to the books Ghosts of Everest and Detectives on Everest
Outdoor Emergency Care
U.S. Avalanche Level III
Rock climbing, surfing, skiing, mountain biking and mountaineering have introduced him to remote places in France, Colorado, California, Utah and New Mexico. Tap was a member of the 1999 and 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition in Tibet.
When not guiding, Tap lives in Seattle, Washington.
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