East Coast Presentation Schedule

This spring I will be giving presentations in New England. The title of my presentation is Chasing Ghosts and Dreams along the Tibetan Plateau. “For eight years explorer and filmmaker Dave Anderson has tackled numerous first expeditionary ascents in western China’s Genyen Massif and Siguniang Mountains. Join him to hear about the challenges and incredible people he met climbing and exploring these remote and beautiful regions.”   I will be presenting at: March 29, AMC Pinkam Notch, NH April 1, Green Mountain College, VT April 2, Bates College, ME April 3, Colby College, ME April 5, Patagonia Store, ME (NOLS …

Southwestern Utah

After returning from Asia, Szu-ting Yi and I spent most of the winter in Southwestern Utah. We enjoyed the warmed temperatures and little rainfall that allowed us to climb and explore Zion National Park and the St George, Utah area. Here is a short video about our experiences in these wonderful places.

MSR Titanium Pot Video

To participate in most outdoor activities you need some type of equipment. The gear could be as simple as a pair of trail running shoes or as complex as a carbon fiber mountain bike. The more the equipment helps you enjoy the experience the more you become attached to that piece of outdoor gear. As a result of this sentimental bond of shared experiences, a mountaineer’s ice axe or kayaker’s paddle might be kept around long after it’s utilitarian function has been played out. This past fall, while waiting out the rain and snow on a climbing expedition in the …

Piolets d’Or 2014

For the second year in a row Szu-ting Yi and I were nominated for the prestigious 22nd Piolet d”Or  for our first ascent of Dayantianwo that we climbed on September 15th 2014. It is truly an honor to be considered for the award!

Tibet Unclimbed – Feature Article in Rock and Ice Magazine #216

Really excited to see my article about climbing and exploring the Genyen Massif of Western China in the current issue of Rock and Ice Magazine! Tibet-unclimbed Issue 216 Wild Wild West The Tibetan Plateau in Western China is home to a bevy of unclimbed 6,000-meters granite peaks. David Anderson has been to the region three times, quietly ticking off the prizes and learning about the culture of ghosts and dreams. Tibet_216 By David Anderson   Year of the Dragon: 2012   The friction pulling at my waist made it difficult to move forward. I looked back with frustration at the …

2014 Mugs Stump Award

I learned last week that our South Avellano Towers Expedition has been selected to receive this year’s prestigious Mugs Stump Award. Here is what I wrote to the selection committee Thank you for supporting our expedition to the Avellano Towers in Chile. While the funds from the Mugs Stump Award are a huge help in making this trip possible for Szu-ting Jared and myself, the award has a much deeper meaning for me. I would imagine that I am one of the older receipts of this years Mugs Stump Award. However, being “old” in age allows me to have a …

Recent Articles

I have been supplying images for Szu-Ting Yi’s articles in China Outside and Lonely Planet Magazine. Here are some of the recent articl click here for the gallery    


I finally had some time to put together a short video about the conversion of our Nissan NV 2500

Li Ming

Szu-ting Yi and I just spent the last week guiding in the amazing sandstone cliffs surrounding Li Ming China in northwest Yunnan Province, China. The area is very reminiscent of Zion National Park in Utah. Great climbs and lots of potential for more. Here is a video of the area in general and some climbing footage at the end as well.


Here is a summary of our recent climbs in China!   An international climbing expedition completed the first ascent of Mt Dayantianwo (17126ft) in the Shuangqiao Valley of Siguniang National Park in Sichuan China. On 09/15/2013 Chaohui Zheng of China, Szu-ting Yi of Taiwan and American Dave Anderson climbed the 2000 ft southwest face at 5.10 r/x, 60 degrees. The three climbers had been part of a larger expedition organized by Zheng that attempted the peak earlier in the month, but were forced to abandon their initial attempt after a series of storms covered the rock peak with several feet …