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 World Summit's Everest North Ridge Expedition: The Team

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Ian Roberts: Leader - At the age of 35, Ian has the experience of climbing in more countries than we care to recall, he set up home in the Himalaya for a number of years with a mountaineering company based in Kathmandu where he has amassed a huge amount of high altitude experience. He has leading experience on more than 25 Himalayan peaks, the Americas, Alpine, and Africa inc: Mount Robson, Ama Dablam, Stok Kangri, Gondagorro Peak.

Neil Hornett.  Neil is a British Mountaineer who for the last 10 years has been involved in adventure sports. Since 1997 he has been involved in cycle racing at a National Level. He is currently working as a mountain instructor for the Outward Bound Trust. Over recent years he has developed his mountaineering in places such as the Caucasus, Africa, Southern Alps and the European Alps as well as climbing in Scotland most weekends. The highest point that Neil has reached is c6000m.

John Hudson. John started climbing in 1960. He has climbed extensively in the Alps including the Brenva Spur on Mt Blanc. He has climbed in Peru, Andes, Karakoram, Greenland, Kenya, Caucasus, Tien Shan and the Himalayas. He attempted Cho Oyu recently but due to illness failed to reach the summit. John works for the British Geographical Survey and, at 55, is the oldest member of the team.

Tim Boelter, 35, a filmmaker from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Tim began climbing in the mid 1980s while living in Korea. He has climbed extensively in the Untied States, including Colorado and the Cascades. In his quest to climb the Seven Summits, Tim has also completed successful ascents of Mt. McKinley, Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua. In the fall of 2000, Tim reached the true 8201-meter summit of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. To his filmmaking credit, Tim's first feature-length informational documentary, "Aconcagua: The Roof of the Americas" has won five non-broadcast awards, including two Tellies.

Mike Chrisp, 48, a Dentist from Maidstone in Kent, England has been climbing since his teens. He has climbed extensively in Britain including Welsh and Scottish winters. He has also climbed in the French and Swiss Alps, the Dolomites, and the Pyrenees with ascents of the Eiger, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and numerous other peaks to his credit. He has also climbed in the Himalayas and has reached 6450 meters on Mera Peak.

Phil Austin, 35, an Osteopath from Maidstone in Kent, England was an army physical training instructor. He started climbing over 12 years ago and has climbed in New Zealand, the French Alps, Alaska, summiting Mount McKinley at 6194 meters. He has also climbed various trekking peaks in Ladakh and Nepal. He reached 6500 meters on Pumori in the Nepal Himalayas before bad weather forced the expedition to be abandoned. 

Walter Keller, 32, a Physicist/Engineer from Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States also Tibet, Pakistan and South America. He started his Himalayan climbing career on Mera Peak 6450 meters in Nepal and has put up new routes on Nico Peak (5800m), Pakistan and Muztagh Ata (7546m), China. He made the first American and second ever ascent of a new route on Kutskulin Peak (6060m), Pakistan. He reached 7000 meters on Cho Oyu and 6500 meters on Pumori before abandoning the climb due to poor weather conditions. He also has ascents of Aconcagua (6995 meters) and a solo ascent Cerro Ameghino (6000 meters) in Argentina.

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