Dean’s Story


Dean Cardinale was born and grew up in Catskill, New York. He grew up ski racing and working from an early age.

While pursuing a degree in mechanical design, he ski raced competitively at Keene State College for the NCAA Division I ski team. Post graduation, he worked as an engineer for his families business and after six months realized he was unhappy and wanted to make a change.

Remembering Utah from his travels as a ski racer, he decided to move to Salt Lake City for the famed “greatest snow on earth” as well as the proximity to the city. After picking up a job cooking in the Forklift restaurant at Snowbird, Dean’s money ran thin and left him living out of a tent for 6 months. After living so uncomfortably, Dean decided to pursue more promising options and picked up a job on the ski patrol trail crew at Snowbird in the summer. Shortly after this, he got his EMT certification and then went full time on ski patrol staff during the winters.

During his years on Ski Patrol, he moved into snow safety and then later became an avalanche forecaster. He was the President of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (a coalition of volunteers dedicated mountain and avalanche rescues) for 12 years. As president, Dean took it in his own hands to develop the program into the comprehensive service it is today with partnerships with snow safety professionals from nine Utah Ski areas. It was during this time that Dean was inducted into the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and bring over the first Long range Receiver from Switzerland. Dean also became the first American to represent the United States on behalf of avalanche rescue search dogs.

Inspired by Dick Bass, the man who created the concept and was the first to summit the seven summits, Cardinale began to guide domestic and international mountaineering and climbing trips. Since then, he has summited Mt.Everest, Mt. McKinley, Carstensz Pyramid, Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus on his way to climbing the seven summits. Only the Vincent Massif in Antarctica and Aconcagua in Argentina remain on his list. His involvement at Snowbird in the winter months has kept him from heading south during the climbing season in the southern hemisphere.

He has delivered presentations highlighting his many adventure expeditions and has been featured in several national broadcast television programs run on the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, BBC, CNN, Fox news, Outdoor Life Network, the Discovery Channel and the major network affiliates.

He founded World Wide Trekking in 2006. Then in 2009 he founded the not-for-profit Human Outreach Project. He has recently published a book detailing some of his adventures and resulting lessons entitled, Inspired.



Dean has been guiding for over 25 years with some of his more notable climbs listed below

– Everest: In 2005 (age 35), Cardinale and his party was the first of the season to summit Mount Everest (MAY NEED SOURCE). Weather had declined over 4 summit attempts and by the time he and his party summited, it had been 67 days since leaving his home in Salt Lake City.

– Carstensz Pyramid: In 2010 (age 41), Cardinale summited Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, the highest mountain in Oceana/Australia. On the descent, his party ran into some trouble and ended up being held hostage for over ten days before they were evacuated on a helicopter.