Ambassadors

Occupation: 
Expedition Leader, Motivational Speaker, Author
Hometown: 
Denver, Colorado, USA
Current: 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I am an Expedition Leader on the seven continents, leading groups from Everest to the Vinson Massif, Antarctica. I specialize in private, bespoke trips on new routes and peaks, from the high Arctic to Antarctica, the dunes of the Sahara to unnamed peaks in the Himalaya.

I am a motivational lecturer and training leader: focusing on leadership, team building, change management, business strategy/transformation and digital media, and am an Executive Creative Director managing advertising agency offices in USA and Asia-Pacific.

Highlights:

  • 15 Himalayan expeditions, including leading Everest Kangshung Face team, climbing without oxygen or Sherpa support on a new route up Everest.
  • Guided teams to the top of Everest (2), Shishipangma, Cho Oyu and Makalu in the Himalayas.
  • Four ascents of Vinson Massif, Antarctica, including the first solo ascent of a new route.
  • Author of Seven Summits Solo, To Everest via Antarctica, and Antonovs over the Arctic

What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to return trips to Antarctica for more first ascents, returns to Everest, because it is Everest, more time with great climbing teams in great places that no one has ever heard of.

What’s an interesting trip/climb/expedition where you’ve taken your LOWAs?
Carstenz Pyramid can be wet, steep, snowy, rocky, freezing and hot all in one day, certainly all of which we experienced. Hard to choose a boot for all that, and still be light and fast on your feet, and have the option to clip into a crampon the next day for a quick equatorial glacial climb. It is a good place to have the aptly named Mountain Expert.

My Favorite LOWAs are:
Mountain Expert, best all around, do anything, climb rock, ice and do long approaches and comfortable descents boot there is.

Expedition 6000, very nearly as warm as an 8,000-meter boot and I’m tempted to take it to that altitude. So much lighter, and with better rock and snow feel than an 8,000 meter boot – worn on multiple Vinson ascents in Antarctica and will take to Denali next season. It may seem to be an in-between choice, but with long expeditions, lots of ground to cover and altitude thrown in, it is a great choice for anything less than a full-blown 8,000-meter peak.

Renegade GTX Mid – a boot so comfortable and trusted, it can be pulled from the box in Kathmandu and taken off at Everest Base Camp 4 days later with complete confidence.

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