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  Autumn 2003: International Mountain Guides Team


Meet The Team !

2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Bill Burd: Bill Burd, father of 5 wonderful children and one grandson is President of Chicago Coin Company, Inc., Chicago, Illinois specializing in rare coins, currency, gold and silver bullion and stamps. He collects books related to his business and has one of the largest specialized libraries in the Midwest dedicated to numismatics.

A forty year desire to travel, climb and witness the marvels of nature became reality when he went to Colorado for mountaineering school and rock climbing in June 2001. By April 2002 he was on the Arctic Ice Cap skiing to the North Pole. In February 2003 he went to Aconcagua and reached 18,000 feet before being turned back by weather and time. In July he climbed Mount Rainier.

Joining the 2003 IMG Cho Oyu Expedition is giving him the opportunity to witness the culture of Tibet, see the spectacular Himalayan Range and attempt an 8000 meter peak. Although the goal is to summit, Bill feels each day of the journey is important and is part of the process of making new friends, forming a strong team and assisting in getting the strongest members to the top of Cho Oyu.
2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Nancy Norris: I AM 59 YEARS OLD, MOTHER OF FOUR AND GRANDMOTHER OF FOUR. I AM IN THE FITNESS PROFESSION, OWNING NANCY NORRIS FITNESS COMPANY LTD. AND AEROBIC COORDINATOR OF A 4,000 MEMBER, HOSPITAL RELATED FITNESS FACILITY, HURLEY HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER. I'M ALSO A PERSONAL TRAINER WORKING WITH A VARIED POPULATION BUT SPECIALIZING IN CLOSED HEAD INJURY PATIENTS. MY INTERESTS INCLUDE MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, ROCK CLIMBING, CAMPING, HIKING, CYCLING, WORKING OUT, TEACHING FITNESS CLASSES, GOLF, SPENDING AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH MY FAMILY, MOVIES/POPCORN, NPA BODYBUILDING JUDGE, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AND I'M ALSO A LICENSED SKYDIVER
I BEGAN CLIMBING IN 1998 AND HAVE CLIMBED: LONGS PEAK, ACONCAGUA, CAYAMBE (SUMMIT), COTOPOXI (SUMMIT) CHIMBORAZO, MT. RAINIER (SUMMIT) KILIMANJARO (SUMMIT), MT. EVEREST ABC, MATTERHORN, EIGER, AIGUILLE DU MIDI (SUMMIT), MONT BLANC (SUMMIT), DENALI (SUMMIT), MT. HOOD, MT. COOK NZ. MY CLIMB OF CHO OYU IS EXCITING FOR ME BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS IT MY FIRST 8,000 METER PEAK, BUT I'M CLIMBING IT IN PREPARATION FOR CLIMBING MT. EVEREST, HOPEFULLY IN 2004.

CLIMBING MOUNTAINS TO ME IS ONE OF THE NOBLEST OF HUMAN EXPRESSIONS AND REQUIRES PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS. IT RENEWS MY STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND SPIRITUALITY AND IS PERSONALLY REWARDING. I ENJOY LIVING ON THE EDGE, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY MOMENT AND STRETCHING MY BOUNDARIES. I WANT TO BE IN SITUATIONS WHERE LEARNING IS CONSTANT AND SOMETIMES EVEN CRITICAL TO SURVIVAL. I FEEL MOUNTAINS REVEAL A SPECIAL BEAUTY TO THOSE THAT STRUGGLE TO THEIR TOP. HAVING CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN MAKES ME A STRONGER PERSON. For more on Nancy see here.

2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Tamara Darnow: Tamara Darnow and her husband John live in Frisco, Colorado with their two beloved cats. Tamara has enjoying trekking in Nepal and climbing in the White Mountains, Colorado, Ecuador, and Kilimanjaro. When not skiing, running or climbing, Tamara serves as compliance officer and project manager at Key Equipment Finance.

Tamara, who will turn 36 during this expedition, is inspired by the joy found in outdoor adventures and the majesty of the mountains.

2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Peter Ford: Pete Ford is a 46 year-old labor lawyer in Washington, DC, where he is employed as an Assistant General Counsel with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. He and his wife Shelly live in Arlington, Virginia with their two cats.

Ford is an avid, long-time backpacker whose interest in mountaineering was a natural progression from his backpacking experiences. He started climbing in earnest five years ago. The mountains he has climbed include Mt. McKinley (Denali Traverse), Aconcagua, Pisco (in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru), Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney and Mt. Hood. This is his first trip to the Himalayas.

Cho Oyu is the third of four mountains Pete is climbing in memory of a young cousin, Mia Rose, who died of leukemia in 2000. He has been fund raising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in connection with each mountain climb. So far he has raised a total of almost $70,000 in charitable donations. Besides climbing and backpacking, Ford's interests include cycling, baseball, travel and literature.
2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Jim Harter: My wife and I live in southern California in La Costa with a view of the ocean and a lagoon, a far cry from the Himalayas.

My wife, Andrea, and I have been married 34 years, first meeting while I was attending West Point and she Vassar. We do not have any children, although our cats have always received the same love and attention children would have.

I have a BS in general engineering from West Point and an MBA from UC Berkeley. After spending 5 years in the Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, my business career has been in gas and oil and then land development.

I am on the boards of directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles and the Center for Natural Lands Management, a California non-profit organization that provides management and stewardship for 50,000 acres that has important biological habitat or rare and endangered species. I also do volunteer work for the National American Red Cross. My mountaineering experience includes: Denali, Rainier, Hood, Whitney, Hunter, Haute Route from Zermat to Chamonix, Breithorn, and Pina Arolla.
2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Ignacio Piedra: I'm a 38 year old spanish guy. I'm from Asturias in the north of Spain, a very beatiful area plenty of montains where I learned to love nature and took my first steps as a climber.

Now I live in Madrid where I'm working as an Unsecured Business Manager at Citifinancial. Every time I have the chance, I leave the city to practice my favorite sports: jet ski, quad, climbing... Last spring I had the oportunity to go to Everest. It was amazing. This time I would like to climb Cho Oyu as a part of my training to make true my dream: to reach Everest summit next year.

2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Ken Goodwin: Ken Goodwin is 58 and was born in New London, Connecticut. A recent retiree from the manned space program as an employee of Draper Laboratory/MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, spending 33 of his 35 year career in Houston, Texas at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Currently Ken is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

He is currently engaged in retiree task list (painting the interior of the house, having new carpet installed) per directions from his wife Camille (NASA Program Analyst) and family cat Saber.

Ken's interest in the mountains began with the short movie, The Conquest of Everest. He first trained climbing Mt. Baker and visited the Khumbu regions of Nepal; specifically, Island Peak in 1991. Residing in the climbing capitol of the world (Houston), he get some chances to ice climb in the Northeast (NH) and west (Ouray) in addition to alpine climbing in the Cascades. Ken is member of the Clear Lake Area Ski Club which gets subjected to his slide shows/presentations from time to time and the American Alpine Club. Other interests include Amateur Radio (Extra Class License K5RG and FCC GROL), photography, scuba diving (PADI Advanced Open Water certified), sports cars (member Porsche Club of America and Corvette Club of Houston) and wasting time on computers.
2003 Cho Oyu Expedition Team Mark Weinberg: I'm 41 years old and live in Kirkland, WA with my wife Ann and two big dogs (Alaskan Malamutes named Hannah and Lars). I'm a Product Unit Manager at Microsoft and really enjoy working with so many smart, passionate people. I have a BA in Math and MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

I started climbing many years ago when we lived in Colorado. We moved to Seattle in 1994 and I decided that climbing Mt. Rainier would be a great challenge. I've since summited Rainier twice along with three summits of Mt. Hood (once in the winter). Last summer I climbed Mt. McKinley and made it to the summit in spectacular weather.

I had so much fun that I talked Ann into going to Africa in the fall to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. We both made it to the summit (via the Western Breach route) and then had a great time on safaris in the Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti. I love to participate in just about all sports (skiing, running, cycling, golf, etc.) and have run two marathons, competed in several triathlons and have a black belt in Enshin Karate. I really enjoy the hard training that is necessary to be successful at mountain climbing.
Lanta Olito: I am an anesthesiologist in Murrieta, California where I've lived for almost twenty years and practice mostly at two small community hospitals, Rancho Springs Medical Center and Inland Valley Medical Center. I belong to a wonderful group of anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Consultants of California, who tolerate my climbing absences and cover for me while I am gone. I have been married to Jim Waldron for about seventeen years. We have one child (my stepdaughter), Alison, who is a physics major at UC Riverside and will be going to King's College in London for her PhD. It has been years since I have understood her homework! Jim and I met rock climbing and have always hiked and backpacked. Jim has climbed in Peru and Nepal and we went to the north side of Mt. Everest with IMG in 2001 (I went to the North Col and Jim went up above with the 8,000m group). Jim climbed Cho Oyu in 2002. We hike up the Mountaineer's Route on Mt. Whitney a couple of times a year and took Alison up Mt. Shasta a number of years ago. In between working and hiking, we golf as much as we can.
Josef Stanzl: Josef Stanzl resides in Washington and has climbed Rainier, Denali and Aconcagua.
Adam Christopherson: Adam Christopherson resides in Washington and has climbed Denali, Aconcagua, and in the Cascades including Mts. Rainier, Baker, Adams and Glacier Peak.
Lindon Seed: Lindon Seed resides in California and has climbed Rainier and Denali.
   
Eric Simonson, veteran expedition leader, Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Eric
 
 







 
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