Don Wargowsky is this weeks employee of the week! Don has been “in a relationship” with ACE for 4 great years. Originally from Cutler, Ohio, Don now resides with us in our home among the hills as both a climbing and raft guide. And boy is this guy awesome at what he does! His love of climbing brought him to ACE 4 years ago. He intended to only work one summer with us while he was finishing his master’s degree in education, but one summer was enough to get him hooked!
After being the district manager at a large sales company with over 100 employees under him, working for a Fortune 100 company, and pursuing teaching, nothing felt quite as right as doing what he truly loved, which was working in the great outdoors. He loves working outside with his family of guides and sharing his passion with guests. Climbing is Don’s main passion and because this guy has such an awesome rep for it, we thought we would share:
• Significant climbs
• Mt Rainier, Washington (14,410’) 3 attempts, 2 summits, 1 in winter
• Mt Washington, New Hampshire, 4 winter ascents
• Mt. Katahdin, Maine, 2 winter summits (35 miles round trip, skiing/climbing)
• Grand Teton (13,770’), Wyoming, 2 summits
• Mt Athabasca, Alberta Canada (11,453’) climbed the last 300’ with a broken hand from falling rocks (his longest day in the mountains so far, 26 hours of continuous climbing)
• Mt McKinley, Alaska (20,322’) 21 days on the mountain, but did not summit due to incoming storm, experienced wind chill of minus 108 degrees F.
• Climbing Consultant credits in Hollywood film A New York Heartbeat
• He has multiple first ascents on rock and ice in Canada, most of which have not been repeated by any other climber.
• Lead 2 expeditions to climb floating icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada (more people have been in outer space than have climbed icebergs. His girlfriend, Sarah (also a guide at ACE) is the only women in history to have ever do it)
Here’s a link to a short film about their trip to New Foundland that won a couple of international awards.