2011 Guiding Team (Click Name for Bio)
2011 Climbing Team (Click Name for Bio)
MICHAEL GIBBONS - Climber
Home: Yorba Linda, CA
I am a 55 year old Southern California entrepreneur with a loving wife and three kids. My first outdoor challenge was backpacking through a white-out blizzard at age ten – from there I just kept hiking, camping and climbing.
With God's blessing, the mountain’s invitation, and my endurance, this Everest expedition will be my 'eighth' of the seven summits. I climb because I enjoy the adventure – the remote travel and interface with new cultures – the making of new friends – the wondrous panoramas – the physical challenge – the view into myself. My latest motto is 'Attitude over Altitude' – a statement of either priorities, process or alternatives; or perhaps all three.
Prior summits include: Kilimanjaro (2), Shasta (2), Hood, Elbrus (2), Denali, Whitney (6), Vinson Massif, Rainier, Aconcagua, Kosciuszko, Matterhorn, Carstenz Pyramid.
THOMAS HALLIDAY - Climber
Home: Chicago, IL
ROB HART - Climber
I have been climbing the Seven Summits at the rate of one a year since 2003, trying to balance this personal quest with my obligations to family and work. I have dreamt of climbing Everest since I can first remember, and that dream morphed to include the highest mountain on each continent. I kicked off climbing Kilimanjaro in early 2004 with my father, then Aconcagua in late 2004, before attempting Everest in 2005, only to be blown off the mountain. I picked up the mantel again in 2006, climbing Elbrus with my father, then Denali in 2007, the Carstensz Pyramid in 2008, and Mt Vinson in 2009/10. Each of these mountains were unique – the daily change in flora on Kili, the shale of Aconcagua, the vodka on Elbrus, missing the birth of my son who was 6 weeks early on Denali, the native tribes around Carstensz, the untouched desolation of Vinson. And now it is back to Everest for the final chapter.
LOUIS MARIORENZI - Climber
Home: Jamestown, RI
Married to Priscilla, no children, one spoiled cat. Orthopaedic surgeon. Enjoys hiking, trekking, skiing and sailing. Previous mountaineering experience: Mt Rainier; randonnee trek Silvretta, Austria; Mt Blanc; Cotopaxi/Iliniza South; winter Presidential Traverse, NH; Kilimanjaro; Mt Vinson; Aconcagua; Denali.
GARY NELSON - Climber
Home: La Crescenta, CA
Intellectual Property Attorney. Partner at the law firm of Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP, Pasadena, California.
MARSHALL WARREN - Climber
Home: Copper Canyon, Texas
Married to my wife Pam for 38 years. Three daughters Brooke, Ashley and Rainey and five grand kids and two great son in laws. A pilot for Delta Airlines for 32 years. Currently flying as a Lead Check Pilot on the B-777 flying to Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Johannesburg South Africa. Started climbing in 2000 with Alpine Ascents. Climbs include Denali, Aconcagua, The Matterhorn, Kautz Glacier route on Rainier, Kilimanjaro and more. Also climbed Mt.Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier in five days. Just return from Ecuador where I tested my new Mt. Everest equipment on Antisana, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.
LAKPA RITA SHERPA
SENIOR GUIDE, INTERNATIONAL & MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL
Lakpa's climbing and guiding achievements are significant, with 15 summits of Mt. Everest on over 21 expeditions (a record 213 climbers on the summit under his leadership) seven guided summits of Cho-Oyu and numerous other peaks in Nepal. He also been our high camp manager and guide on Aconcagua and Denali and has guided numerous peaks in the Cascades including Mount Baker and Rainier. Currently, Lakpa and his family reside in Seattle. He is a guide, leader and friend of the highest quality. Lakpa summited Mount Vinson twice as a leader of our 2003-2004 Vinson Team. He also is known as "The Best Sirdar in the Khumbu", and has been working with us for the past sixteen years. His legendary strength is veiled by his charm and humility. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he directs and organizes our team of Sherpa for every Himalayan expedition. Possessing unparalleled expertise in the mountains, Lakpa is one of the only Sherpa working as a full-time Mountain Guide around the world. In February 2009, Lakpa became the first Sherpa, and first Nepali to climb the Seven Summits. Here he is on the summit of Kilimanjaro.
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Everest 14 summits over 20 expeditions. Cho-Oyu 10 summits
Shishapangma 1 summit
Pumori 1 summit
Elbrus 1 summit
Baruntse 2 summit
Aconcagua 26 summits
Vinson 2 summits
Kilimanjaro 1 summit
Denali 2 summits
Guide on K2 and Broad Peak, Annapurna South Face, Manaslu, Dhaulagri and Maklu.
Rainier 30 summits.
First Sherpa to climb the seven summits.
Wilderness First Responder
GUIDE, DENALI, SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL
Ben Jones has spent the last 8 years working as a professional guide and instructor in Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, Norway, Argentina, and Mexico. Ben is competent on rock, ice, and snow but spends a majority of his time in the snow. Ben has instructed courses in mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and horsepacking. While teaching mountaineering at National outdoor leadership school, Ben got to extensively explore the glaciers of the Chugach mountains, Wrangells, eastern Alaska range, and remote mountains in British Columbia as well as in Wyoming and Idaho. In the Fall Ben also has kept busy as a wilderness big game hunting guide in Wyoming. In the off season, while residing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Ben’s hobbies include skiing, climbing, metal work, blacksmithing, running, fixing things, and practicing Spanish. Ben guides for us in Alaska, South America, and in Washington State.
4 expeditions to Denali including the Muldrow Glacier (3 ascents, 2 guided, 1 personal) 20,320ft.
6 expeditions to Aconcagua, Argentina (2 Ascents) 22,829ft.
1 expedition to Annapurna Sanctuary
1 ascent of Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak), Nepal 18,577ft.
1 expedition to Singu Chuli and Hiun Chuli, Nepal
1 expedition to Mt. Foraker 17,400ft.
1 expedition to Mt. Marcus Baker, Chugach, Alaska (guided)
1 expedition to Mt. Waddington, British, Columbia (guided)
10+ ascents of Mt. Rainier via 4 routes
1 ski descent of Mt. Rainier via Fuhrer Finger
1 ski descent of Mt. Moran via skillet glacier
5 ascents of Mt. Baker
3 ascents of Mt. Shuksan
2 ascents of Mt. Hood
2 ascents of Mt. Athabasca, BC
3 ascents of The Grand Teton, summer and winter
1 ascent of Picacho Del Diablo in Baja California, Mexico (Baja’s highest peak) (guided)
1 ascent of Galdhopiggen, Norway (highest peak) (guided)
Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Level II Avalanche
Leave No Trace Master Trainer
EXPEDITION MANAGER, GUIDE, INTERNATIONAL, MOUNT RAINIER
Garrett has been a professional guide for 11 years and over that time his passion for mountain climbing has resulted in expeditions to peaks in the Americas such as Denali, Rainier, the Super volcanoes such as El Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, Cotopaxi and Cayambe in Ecuador, high peaks in Peru, and the stone Sentinel of South America, Aconcagua. He was a leader and summiter on our successful 2009 Mount Everest expedition. Garrett has also lived and traveled extensively in Europe, skiing and climbing in the Alps. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of his favorites, especially in combination with a game viewing safari after the climb. Garrett has been on several expeditions to the Himalaya such as Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Mt. Everest. Spending half his year in the office balancing his job as Expedition Manager for Alpine Ascents as well as guiding a fair amount provides an excellent opportunity to constantly develop and perfect one of his favorite aspects related to climbing, training! Garrett is busy in the summer months devoting much of his time to working in the field with our Rainier program.
Significant Guided Ascents
3 ascents of Mt. Everest, (2006, 2009 and 2010)
140 ascents of Mt. Rainier
3 expeditions to Denali
8 expeditions to Aconcagua
3 expedition to Mt. Vinson
1 expedition to Kilimanjaro
1 expedition to Ecuador’s Volcanoes (Cayambe & Cotopaxi)
1 expedition to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca
5 expeditions to Mexico’s Orizaba
1 expedition to Cho Oyu (Tibet)
1 expedition to Ama Dablam (Nepal)
6 ascents of Mont Blanc
Wilderness First Responder
Level 2 Avalanche Forecasting for Guides
GUIDE, INTERNATIONAL, DENALI, RAINIER
Michael grew up climbing and skiing in the mountains of Washington and has been guiding on Mount Rainier and internationally since 2000, with over 100 successful summits on Rainier alone to his credit. He is proficient in the technical aspects of mountain climbing but also the strategic aspects such as planning and executing a multifaceted climb of an 8000 meter peak. Michael is remarkably calm and at ease when climbing at high altitude such as on the summit of Cho Oyu, where he led our entire 2009 team to the summit, and was a leader and summitter on both of our successful 2009 and 2010 Mount Everest expeditions. Michael will again be guiding for Alpine Ascents on Everest in 2011. In addition to his success and experience in the Himalayas, Michael also has 3 guided ascents of Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Michael exhibits strong leadership abilities in bringing groups of climbers together into cohesive teams. Being a seasoned guide on Rainier has enabled Michael to successfully guide numerous groups to the top of major peaks such as Denali and Aconcagua. Having guided over 10 expeditions to the Mexican Volcanoes, and several expeditions to Ecuador's Volcanoes and Bolivia's high Andean peaks, Michael is not only familiar with climbing the great mountains of South America but is also fluent in Spanish. In addition to climbing, Michael enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, adventure racing, surfing and kite boarding.
2 summit of Everest
2 summits of Cho Oyu (1 Guided)
2 summits of Denali
107+ summits of Mount Rainier
3 summits of Mount Vinson
3 summits of Mount Whitney
2 summits of Chimborazo and Cotapaxi (Ecuador)
6 climbs of Aconcagua (Argentina)
10 summits of El Pico de Orizaba & Ixtaccihuatl (Mexico)
2004 Subaru Primal Quest
Wilderness First Responder
Avalanche Level II
EVEREST BASE CAMP MANAGER