John Frieh grew up idolizing climbers like Steve House and Mark Twight. John quickly learned in order to model himself after their climbing style not only would he need to train; he would need to train intelligently in order to best utilize his limited time given his other responsibilities as a father and manager at Intel.
John has worked closely with Mark Twight and Gym Jones since 2009; he was the very first Fully Certified Gym Jones Instructor in 2012. By applying this training knowledge John has accumulate 10 First Ascents in Alaska since 2009 including two on Mount Dickey in the Ruth Gorge, one on Mount Bradley, and the First Winter Ascent of the French Ridge of Mount Huntington among others. As a coach John has worked with a myriad of individuals since 2007.