Some of my larger expeditions:
- 2017 – Mount Rainier (tallest in Cascades)
- 2016 – Mount Denali (tallest in North America)
- 2015 – Mount Harvard (3rd tallest in Colorado)
- 2015 – Mount Rainier (tallest in Cascades)
- 2014 – Mount Shasta in winter (fifth highest in California)
- 2013 – Mount Whitney (tallest in contiguous USA)
- 2010 – Mount Tallac and Mount Massive (2nd tallest in Colorado)
- 2010 – Mount Whitney in winter (tallest in contiguous USA)
- 2009 – Mount Elbert (tallest in Colorado)
- 2007 – Presidential Range traverse in winter
- 2006 – Mount Rainier via Liberty Ridge
- 2006 – Nipigon Ice Fest
- 2005 – Mount Kosciusko (tallest Australia) – All 7 Summits Achieved!
- 2005 – Mount Everest unguided (tallest Asia)
- 2005 – Mount Vinson (tallest Antarctica)
- 2004 – Mount Rainier
- 2004 – Mount Aconcagua (tallest South America)
- 2003 – Mount McKinley (tallest North America)
- 2003 – Mount Kilimanjaro (tallest Africa)
- 2002 – Mount Elbrus (tallest Europe)
- 2001 – Matterhorn, Zugspitze, Dreitorspitze, Washington
As a kid I built tree forts 50 feet in the air. My taste for adventure began early in life and hasn’t stopped. After some beginner’s rock climbing in college I took a job with frequent travel to Zurich. “I would gaze out the plane window at the Swiss Alps, and it became my focus.” My first climbs were in New Hampshire and the Alps. With the help of books and advice from fellow trail goers I began tackling larger and larger peaks.
Worth the risk?
I have walked away from mountains that were too avalanche prone or too windy, but I’ve always returned. The concept of no-fear is hokey. I feel it more than most, and that has kept me alive.
Over time I have climbed some of the world’s challenging summits, including ascending the tallest mountains on all seven continents. By completing the 7-Summits I am among 150 other mountaineers to complete this goal, and only a handful did it on the first try. My expedition to Mount Everest lasted 73-days. During this expedition I lost 50 pounds from exertion, helped carry the corpse of a fallen climber, and performed a high-altitude medical intervention to save a climber’s life. I reached the summit on June 2, 2005 and endured fifty-minutes on the summit of the world’s tallest mountain in order to enjoy the view. There is a 360-degree video below.
Climbing for me is about entrusting myself to exceed my own expectations. With each mountain I push my edge and see how much higher I can climb. My expeditions have taken me to the far reaches of the earth; from Antarctica to the Rockies, and from the Alps to the Himalayas. The mountains are my classroom. Expeditions have taught me lessons about fortitude, trust and excellence. Corporate america has much to learn from mountain teamwork.
|3rd||Minnesotan to climb Everest|
|2nd||Minnesotan to climb the 7 summits|
|1st||Wharton MBA to climb the 7 summits|
|1600 people||Climbed Everest, first done in 1953|
|125 people||Climbed the 7 Summits, first done in 1985|
|A handful||Climbed 7 Summits on first try of each|
3-Part Mountaineering Series
6-Part Mount Everest Series
|Basecamp (17,600 feet)
||Camp 1 (19,600 feet)
|Camp 2 (21,300 feet)
||Camp 3 (24,500 feet)
|Camp 4 (26,100 feet)
||Summit (29,035 feet)
|Summit Panorama (29,035 feet)
|May 31, 2005. NBC Evening News, Minneapolis||June 3, 2005. NBC Evening News, Minneapolis|
July 5, 2005. NBC Today News, Minneapolis
|October 27, 2005. CBS Evening News, Minneapolis||April 16, 2006. ABC Evening News, Minneapolis|
“If you have a dream never lose sight of where you want to go, be focused.”