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Leader: Mike Hale (USA)
Deputy Leader Paxti Goni
13 members from USA, Australia,
Belgium, Basque, Pakistan and Canada.
Meet the Team
||Mike Hale USA: Along
with Stuart Remensnyder Mike heads up the Field Touring high altitude
programs world-wide, and lives between homes in Costa Rica and
Colorado when not traveling or on expedition. His alpine credits
include Makalu, Ama Dablam, Broad Peak, 3 routes on Aconcagua, and a
host of US 14,000ers. He is an accomplished white water kayaker and
has successfully descended many of the world's most difficult and
dangerous rivers. He also enjoys racing blue water cruising yachts
across the Atlantic.
Senior Field Touring guide Stuart Remensndyer began climbing and
taking photographs in the mountains in 1988 with NOLS. He has since
climbed extensively in the Tetons, Cascades, Andes, Himalayas and Alps
during which time he has led expeditions on dozens of peaks between
5000m and 8000m in height. While not expeditioning with his wife
Nicole, Stuart keeps busy as an instructor for SOLO Wilderness
Medicine. He is a qualified EMT and lives in the bay area of San
||Keith Molinek: USA,
Keith is from Tucson, Arizona, 40 yrs of age and a relative newcomer
to big hill climbing. An experienced walker and trekker, he
successfully traversed Aconcagua from the False Polish route on Field
Touring's February 2003 expedition. This is Keith's first attempt at
an 8000 meter peak.
Muylaert Belgium: Fredeik hails from Brussells in Belgium, and is an accountant
by profession. He travels extensively as often as he can, and has
climbed Pumori in Nepal as a warm up for his Broad Peak challenge. He
has been on the road for the past six months and will head straight to
Pakistan for the climb. This will be Frederiks first attempt on one of
the planets 14 8000m peak.
||John McBirnie Canada:
I've been traveling for the past 14 months, through Africa, the Middle
East, Europe, Asia and in North America. During this time I hiked to
the summit of Kilimanjaro and to the hiking summit of Mt. Kenya, this
experience egged me on to try some really challenging peaks. I have
some climbing experience in California and in Vancouver and this will
be my first attempt at a 8K'r. I've been living in Asia for the past
few years and have traveled widely for the past 20 years.
||Walter Koller: Is a
46 years old viola player with the Munich Symphonie Orchester and his
passion are big mountains in the world. He has climbed Kilimanjaro and
Mt.Kenya in 03 and specializes in hard technical routes in all 4000 m
peaks (except 3) of the alps. This will be Walters first attempt on
one of the big 14!
is a 42 year old maintenance worker from Sydney, Australia and
experienced recreational climber. A former member of Field Touring
past trips, he has climbed in New Zealand, Argentina, and Nepal. Hi
climbing resume includes Aconcagua in 99, Cho Oyu in 00 and C4 on the
north face of Kangchenjunga in 02. “I'm just arriving at C2 on
Kangchenjunga in the photo ready for the summit push, which didn't
happen!” Photo courtesy of Mike Farris USA.
||Alex Txikon, Basque,
21 years of age, born in Leioa, Bizkaia, Basque Country. This will be
my first attempt of an 8000m peak.
||Paxti Goñi, Basque,
36 years of age. Born in Irunberri, Navarra. His climbing resume
includes, Gasherbrun II, Everest With Oxygen, Poveda, Korgenevskaia,
Photo- Patxi Goñi (centre)
||Taqui Mohammed, Pakistan
||Julen Reketa, Basque:
Born in Laudio, Alava,
Basque Country, Julen's impressive climbing resume includes; 1996
Tajikistan Expedition, Pico Voroviev 5.691 m, Pico Chetyrekh 6.299 m,
Korgenevskaia 7.105 m. 1997 Expedition Cordillera Blanca, Perú, Urus
5.450 m, Ishinca 5.520 m, Huascarán 6.768 m, Artesonraju 6.025m South
Face. 1998 Expedition al Tien-Shan, Kirguizia, Pico Poveda 7.439 m,
1st ascent. 1999 Expedition Gasherbrun II 8.035m, Karakorum Pakistan,
2001 Everest 8.048m Expedition, With oxygen
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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