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Author on Mount Everest, at around 25000 feet

About the Author

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Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon was born in the foothills of  Mt. Laramie in Wyoming. He grew up in eastern Washington State in Yakima, graduating from  Marquette Jesuit High School, located there,  and later from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Leaving the Catholic Church

After leaving the Catholic Church in the late 1960s, it took him thirty years of searching to discover a spiritual practice that made sense. As the new millennium arrived, he began visiting Zen monasteries, and became a lay-ordained a Zen Buddhist monk in 2011. Dave continues his personal practice and studies with a local teacher.

Dave retired from forty years of mountaineering, although he still enjoys alpine backpacking and the occasional mountain “scramble”. He was a climber on the North Ridge 1995 Mt. Everest Expedition, an independent expedition organized by the climbing team.

In 1990, he helped drag the bodies of two teammates and a Sherpa off Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The incident on the “Mountain of the Spirit” changed his spiritual path forever.