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The Mountain Madness K2 2002 Expedition!

Charlie Fowler is a professional photographer, filmmaker and writer from Norwood, Colorado. A climber for almost 35 years, he has ascended many of the world's most difficult peaks. Charlie has explored and pioneered new routes on rock, ice and mountains in the Andes, the Himalaya, North America and Europe. Recent climbs include 8000 meter peaks Cho Oyu, Everest and Shishapangma in Tibet.

Charlie was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975, with a degree in Environmental Science. He moved to Boulder, where he lived for the next twelve years. During his time in Boulder he worked variously as a computer programmer, furniture maker, but mostly as a mountain guide.

As a guide, he worked for the International Alpine School and Fantasy Ridge, but since the mid-80's he have been self-employed, guiding trips overseas for the most part. He became a member of the American Mountain Guides Association in 1986 and became certified; He has also taught courses for the AMGA and served as an assessor on AMGA certification exams.

Since the early 80's he have my photographs published in many books, magazines and catalogs. he has also written several articles for magazines and journals, as well as writing and publishing three local climbing guidebooks. Today, writing and photography is his main business, supplemented by guiding.

He moved to Telluride in '87, then to Norwood in '92, where he has lived ever since. Currently, he travels extensively, exploring remote areas of the Himalaya and Patagonia mostly, taking a lot of notes and pictures along the way.

He has been involved with filmmaking for many years. Among other projects, he worked on National Geographic's "Ice Climb" as guide and rigger; he did "Rock and Road" and "The Kingdom of Muli" for American Adventure productions; several episodes of "High Country Climber" for the Outdoor Life Network. He also appeared in, and helped film, John Catto's award-winning "La Escoba de Dios". Now, he aspires to make my own films and web content.

Rockclimbing Hightlights:

The Cruise, Black Canyon N.P., second free ascent '76 with Glenn Randall

Perilous Journey, near Boulder, CO, '77 second ascent

DNB, Middle Cathedral Rock, Yosemite, '77 solo

Casual Route, Longs Peak, CO, '78 second ascent, solo

Black Elk, Wind River Range, Wyoming, FA '80 with Jeff Lowe

7 Arrows, Chiefshead, Rocky Mountain N.P., FA '80 with John Harlin III

Diagonal Direct, Longs Peak CO, '80 FFA with Jeff Achey

Pale Fire, Moses, Canyonlands N.P., FFA '81 with Chip Chace

In Search Of Suds, Washerwomen Arch, Canyonlands N.P., FA '82 with Glenn Randall

La Dolce Vita, Longs Peak, Colorado, FA '84 with Renato Casarotto

King Of Swords, Longs Peak , Co, second ascent '85 with Jim Surette

Diamond Star Halo, Longs Peak, CO '86 FA with Kyle Copeland, Joe Burke

Zenyatta Entrada, Arches N.P., FA '86

The Promised Land, Canyonlands N.P., FA '88 with Sue Wint

Sunshine Daydream, Death Canyon, The Tetons, FA '89 with Alison Sheets

Flakes Route, Black Canyon N.P., '91 solo

Cerro Cathedral, Torres del Paine N. P. Chile, FA '92 with Catto, Gallagher and Kendall

The Shield, Yosemite, first hammerless ascent, '93 with Will Oxx and Xaxer Bongard

St. Exupery, Aguja Rafeal, and the west face of Poincenot, Patagonia, in 4 days, '95 with Rolando Garibotti

Sunlight Buttress, Kolob Canyons, Zion N.P., '95 FA with Ron Olevsky and Steve Johnson

Torre Norte, El Mocho, Torre de Media Luna. Patagonia, '97 with Steph Davis

Welcome to Patagonia, St. Exupery, Patagonia, FA '99 with Nate Martin

Alpine Climbing Highlights:

The High Route, the Tetons, FA '77 with Steve Glenn

Supercouloir, Fitzroy, Patagonia, third ascent, '78 with Mike Munger

Walker Spur, Grande Jorasses, Alps, '79 with Peter Metcalf

The Shroud, Grand Jorasses, Alps, '79 solo

Matterhorn North Face, Switzerland, '79 with Nick Jones

Central Pillar of Freney, Mt. Blanc, Alps, '79 solo

Denali, West Buttress, Alaska, '80 with KC Craig

Bridelveil Falls and Ames Ice Hose, Colorado, '83 solo

Chacraraju Este, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, '85 solo

Bird Brain Boulevard, Ouray, Colorado, FA '86 with Jeff Lowe and Mark Wilford

Cayesh, West Face, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, FA '88 with Jon Arnow

Taulliraju, West Face, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, FA '88 solo

Illimani, West Face, Bolivia, FA 88 solo

Sipchu Kang, east summit, Shodu, Bhutan, '91 FA with John Roberson and Frank Babb

Eiger North Face, Direct Route, Switzerland, '92 solo

Slipstream, Canadian Rockies, '92 with Jon Arnow

Mustagh Ata, Xinjiang, China, FA western route, '94 solo

Siguniang Shan, Kham, Tibet, third ascent by new route, '94 solo

Forteleza, ( original route) Torres Del Paine N. P. Chile, '95 solo

Cerro Torre, Compressor Route, Patagonia, '96 with Gregory Crouch

Chola Shan I and II, Kham, Tibet, second ascent and FA '97 solo

Gurla Range, West Tibet, 2 6900 meter peaks, FA '97 with Tom and Quinn Simons and Soren Peters

Erkimkang, Langtang, Nepal, FA '99 solo

Cerro Torre, West Face, Patagonia, 2000, with Jim Surette

Cho Oyu, Original Route, Tibet, 2000 with Laura Bakos

Shishapangma, South Face - British Route, Tibet, 2000 with Christine Boskoff

Everest 2002 Summit as the Mountain Madness expedition leader.

Christine and Charlie will meet in Islamabad on the June 7th.  They will share base camp services with the UK international team. They hopes to arrive at base camp on the 17th of June.

Their main page is here.