10+Years of Service John Hauf
Guide: International

Trained as a climber and wildlife biologist, John has had a special affinity for wild places ever since he was a child. He is an educator, mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur and true believer in the power of trust, respect and tolerance. He is our African/Kilimanjaro expert having lived in Kenya where he became fluent in Kiswahili. John also has a special attraction to Patagonia's Northern Ice Field where he has conducted numerous expeditions. He has climbed extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, including Kilimanjaro, Denali, Aconcagua, Mexico, Yosemite and New Zealand. During his 24-year long career with the National Outdoor Leadership School he accumulated 300+ field weeks and founded and directed the Patagonia Branch in southern Chile for fifteen years. John is a member of Chile's National Committee on Safety and Risk Prevention in Mountain Sports and a private outdoor risk management consultant. Recently John guided for us on Denali and we look forward to him guiding our Kilimanjaro Climbs in 2008. John is extremely excited to be returning to East Africa and Mount Kilimanjaro and is brushing up on the Kiswahili he learned while living in nearby Kenya some years ago. Trained as a wildlife biologist, he is also looking forward to being on safari and surrounded by many "large, charismatic mega-vertebrates." Most recently John led our successful 2004-2008 Kilimanjaro Seasons. He has had many trips with 100% success and has helped hundreds of climbers to the summit. John is one of the best Kili guides around and an honor to be on the mountain with.

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