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 Dave McKinley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the AC Guiding Team. Originally trained in hospitality, Dave spent some time working as a chef before his love of the mountains saw him train as a mountain guide. A fully qualified IFMGA Mountain and Ski guide, Dave's many years climbing amongst the Southern Alps has seen him become one of New Zealand's most well-respected guides. In addition to his years climbing and guiding in New Zealand, he has guided on expeditions to many high altitude destinations around the world including the Himalaya, Europe, and North and South America.

Dave lives near the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, in Twizel, close to Aoraki Mount Cook, with his wife, three children and three dogs. 


  • Everest
  • Lhotse
  • Manaslu
  • Denali
  • Aconcagua
  • Lobuche
  • Mera Peak