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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

The Team

Robert Link

ROBERT LINK (GUIDE) began his climbing career at age 7 when he climbed Mount Adams with his father. Since that time he has summitted Mount Rainier over 200 times and has climbed extensively in South America and Asia. In 1989, he was part of the first American team ascent of the North Face of Kanchenjunga, and in 1990, he summitted Everest with climbers from China and Russia as part of the International Peace Climb.
Robert Link is an AMGA certified alpine guide
He is a certified American Mountain Guides Association guide. Robert is known for his skill as a professional guide, combining a knack for teaching mountaineering techniques with a thorough, logical approach to safe guiding.

People who have been on trips with him have remarked on his calmness under pressure, his love of cultural history, his ability to forge a group solidarity, and his genuine enthusiasm for seeing his clients realize their goals. Robert likes nothing better than to put his experience and knowledge at the service of those who share his passion for the mountains.

Michael Olson
MICHAEL "OLE" OLSON (GUIDE) has been skiing for 30 years of which 23 of those years have been with the Alta Ski Patrol. Michael is Senior Guide and part owner of Wasatch Powderbird Guides at Snowbird, Utah.

Michael has numerous mountaineering ascents and ski descents around the world including:
  • 23 Mt. Rainier summits with 2 ski descents of Fuhrer Finger
  • Summits and ski descents of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens
  • 3 Mt. McKinley Expeditions including one summit
  • Ruth glacier expedition with sections skied of Mt. Barille and Mt. Dickey
  • Dhroma peak expedition and ski descent
  • Mera peak expedition and ski descent
  • Manaslu circumnavigation
  • New Zealand ski expedition with first ski descents in the McKerra Range
  • Member of Expedition Inspiration, Argentina/Aconcogua (original climb to battle breast cancer)
Michael also is a member of Screen Actors Guild with film projects including:
  • The River Wild
  • K2
  • Species
  • Invasion of Privacy
MIKE LINDAAS (GUIDE) has guided all over the world. He started climbing at an early age in the Washington Cascades. He is currently a Senior Guide on Mt. Rainier and Mt. McKinley, having worked for RMI since 1994. Other expeditions that he has led include trips to Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, Peru, Argentina, Africa, Russia, and Alaska. He enjoys trail running and back-country skiing in his spare time.

Trips or expeditions: Rainier (70 summits) Mt. McKinley 6 Mt. Hunter 1 Mexico 6 - (Orizaba, Ixta) Ecuador 9 - (Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Illinizia Sur & Norte, Cayambe) Peru 2 - Huascaran Bolivia 3 - Huayna Potosi Argentina 1 - Aconcagua Italy 2 - Dolomites Africa 2 - Kilimanjaro Russia 1 - Mt. Elbrus

WA Cascade mountains: Olympus, Mt. Adams, Glacier Peak, Mt. Shuksan, Eldorado Peak, Little Tahoma, and of course Mt. Rainier.
Jeff Justman
A former collegiate Nordic ski racer, Jeff Justman gave up his competitive side to pursue a life of adventure. Jeff has climbed and guided extensively in North and South America. As a Senior Guide for Rainier Mountaineering, Inc., he has over 40 ascents of Mt. Rainier. With certifications in Outdoor Emergency Care, Leave No Trace and Level II avalanche awareness, Jeff places an emphasis on safety and fun. In addition, Jeff holds a Master's degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication.
Mike Styllas
Mike lives in Thessaloniki, Greece. He came to the United States to study. In the meantime, he started guiding on Mount Rainier for Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. An accomplished mountaineer, Mike has climbs on Shasta's Hotlum Glacier Headwall, winter ascents of Mount Theilsen, North Sister, Mount Hood, and peaks in the Chugach Range, the SW ridge of Mount Jefferson, 16 Summits of Rainier from four routes, North ridge of Mount Stewart, the Mountaineer's route of Whitney. Not to mention, he has 40 summits of Mount Olympus in Greece. Mountaineering keeps him in shape for ultra distance running. He has participated in Ultra marathons such as the Badwater 135 from Death Valley to Whitney, the Iditasport 130 in Alaska and the Annapurna Mandala Trail 150 miler. He met up with the expedition in Pokhara after attempting the Annapurna Mandala Trail run this March.



DAWA SHERPA (CLIMBING SHERPA) - Brother of Babu Chiri Sherpa




Andy Mondry

Andrew Mondry is a husband and father of three children. Andy, his wife Leah, daughter Emma Rose (6), and sons Simon (2) and Grahm (1 month) reside in Los Angeles California. Andy is in the automobile restoration business and Leah is a labor and delivery nurse.

Andy began climbing in 1985 when he and David Dinger summited the Grand Teton in Jackson Wyoming. From this humble beginning Andy went on to summit several peaks throughout the world including Cho Oyu, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Illimani, Huayna Potosi, Chimborozo, Cotopaxi, Popocatapetl, Pico De Orizaba, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney and Mt. St. Helens. Andy's climbing career has not been without adversity as is evidenced by failed attempts on Hunter, Rainier, Adams and three failed attempts on Mt. Mckinley prior to his successful fourth expedition. Although, Andy considers his one hundred plus days on the flanks of Mac as the highlight of his climbing experience, this 2002 Dhaulagiri expedition has the makings of a new, all time, favorite trip.

Dave Nickamin
Dave Nickamin earned his national certification in massage and therapeutic bodywork from the Boulder College of Massage in Colorado. While living in Boulder, his free time was spent backcountry skiing, mountain and rock climbing throughout Colorado.

In Utah, Dave worked with Park City Ski Patrol and earned his EMT certification while gaining extensive avalanche and snow safety experience.

Since childhood, camping, backpacking and exploration has been a way of life. He was introduced to mountaineering in 1997 by his brother-in-law Andy Mondry when they successfully climbed the Andean queen, Illimani in South America. Since then, he has climbed North America's Mt. McKinley and then returned to Bolivia to climb Huayna Potosi. Dhaulagari is his first Himalayan expedition.

Dave lives with his wife Angie and son Hayden in northern Michigan. They are awaiting the birth of their second child.

Adam Nickamin

ADAM NICKAMIN (CLIMBER), nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, lives and practices in Boulder, Colorado.

Primarily a rock climber, Adam tried his hand at mountaineering on Washington's Mt. Rainier in 1996. After a five-day, winter seminar, the group successfully reached the summit. Thoroughly captivated, he joined a 1997 expedition to Illimani in Bolivia. On the summit, the group name "Mountain Link" was conceived. In 1998 Adam was a team member on an epic thirty day expedition to the summit of Alaska's Denali.

Adam could not be more grateful for the opportunity to join a Himalayan expedition. "Being a member of this expedition to Dhaulagiri is a dream come true."

Ben Clark
Ben is the youngest participant on the expedition. At 22 years old, he is anticipating his first Himalayan climb. His next Himalayan climb will be to Mount Everest, where he hopes to become the youngest American to summit. Currently, he is a student at Colorado State University. When he is not in school, he is out climbing and guiding for Rainier Mountaineering, as well as Mountain Link. His resume includes Huayna Potosi, El Pico de Orizaba, and Ixtaccihuatl, 30 of Colorado's 54 14K'ers with over 20 repeated routes in the winter. His guiding resume includes 33 successful summits of Mount Rainier via 4 different routes, 1 successful summit of Orizaba, 1 attempt on Ixtaccihuatl, 1 attempt of Denali, 2 climbs of Aconcagua with 1 summit.

Tommy Heinrich (left)
TOMMY HEINRICH (FILMMAKER) is an accomplished mountaineer, rock climber, filmmaker and photographer from Argentina.

His climbing resume includes climbs on K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and II in Pakistan, the summit of Mount Everest (1995 & 1998) and Lhotse in 1998. He has climbed extensively throughout Argentina and the United States

His rock climbing resume includes climbs in Yosemite of El Capitan, Half Done, Liberty Cap; not to mention climbs in Arizona with a first ascent of Tower Butte; Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Argentina.

In 1998 and 1999 Tommy was hired as a cameraman to document the ascent of Mt. Everest. The footage was later used to broadcast the events for different television networks which include CBS, CNN, CNN Intl, ABC, Channel 4 of Sweden, and others.

He speaks Spanish, English, German, and French.
The following individuals are participating in the trekking portion of the trip.

Dan Bridges - Mountain Hardwear employee: El Sobrante, CA

Gary Meggs - Risk management Consultant: Marietta, GA

Cari Link - Manicurist and Robert's wife: Tiburon, CA
Climbed Rainier 2x's, Everest Base Camp trek, Cho Oyu up to Camp 1 at 21,500ft.

Bela Kogler - Sales and Marketing for Progressive Farmer: Rochester, MI

Lindsay Rinehart - Student: Fort Collins, CO

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