Don McGrath

Guide and Vertical Mind author

Don McGrath has an energetic and infectious spirit that translates into a passion for climbing and helping others achieve their goals.

Don started climbing over 20 years ago in the Gunks and Adirondaks in New York. Now based in Colorado Springs, Don and his wife love to climb in Rifle and Shelf Road while also traveling to climb internationally. He has climbed up to 5.13b and continues to climb at a high level.

He recently retired as an engineering director and manages teams designing chips for storage and networking equipment. Now he focuses on writing, speaking and and teaching. He loves to help people find ways to excel either professionally or athletically.

His first book was 50 Athletes Over 50, which he wrote as he approached the age of 50. He also blogs about training for climbing at

Private coaching sessions are available with Don through Glenwood Climbing Guides by calling 970-319-0656 or email at