Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Go Team!

The American Alpine Club Representatives, making up the team to travel to Pakistan this summer:
· Janet Bergman, guide, from North Conway, New Hampshire, has climbed around North America as well as in Argentina, Nepal, Peru and South Africa. Janet teaches rock and ice climbing and mountaineering for the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School. She is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Mountain Rescue Service and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. She is also a freelance writer and consultant to nonprofit organizations. Janet feels this opportunity to meet and work with Pakistan's women has the possibility for multi-dimensional impact: "The ultimate reward for me will be someday teaching alongside some of the women we introduce to climbing this summer!"
· Heidi Kloos, guide and expedition leader, from Aspen, CO, has been guiding and climbing, both rock and mountaineering routes all around the world for the last eleven years. She is a AMGA certified Alpine Guide, one of the few American women to have achieved this certification. Her most notable climbs include: the Cathedral Traverse of the Grand Tetons; the complete West Rib on Denali in the Alaska Range; the Directismo on Cabasa de Condor in the Bolivia Andes; and ascents of Pumori, Baruntse, and Dorje Lakhpa in the Himalayans mountains of Nepal. Her greatest passion is the guiding and teaching aspect of being in the mountains, and she believes that no climb is insignificant if the higher goal of sharing that experience with someone who may not have been able to achieve it on their own, is reached.·
· Kirsten Kremer, guide, from Chickaloon, AK has been guiding in Alaska for over 10 years. She guides Heli-skiing, Mountaineering and Whitewater rafting for Valdez Heli Ski Guides, Alaska Mountaineering School, Mountain Trip, and Nova Riverrunners. She has been certified EMT-1 for many years, considers herself a climbing enthusiast and also loves to travel. Kremer has been on climbing expeditions to Thailand, Laos, Nepal, France, and Patagonia and recently began making an effort to do more climbing trips with women: She guided an all women trip on Denali with Heidi Kloos, climbed peaks in Patagonia with Janet Bergman, and crossed paths with Cherie Silvera in Thailand and Patagonia. After climbing more with women, she was encouraged to start a festival for women climbers in Alaska, www.alaskaicepixies.com. "I am happy to support women..... especially women in the mountains, and am honored to be invited on this monumental trip."
· Molly Loomis, guide, from Victor, Idaho, works as an international mountain guide. Work and personal expeditions have led her all over the Western United States, Alaska, Argentina, Antarctica, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. During the summers she works for Exum Mountain Guides, near her home in the Tetons. In 2006 Molly co-authored, with Andy Tyson, Climbing:Self Rescue, published by The Mountaineers Books.
· Sonja Nelson, guide, from Telluride, Colorado. I came out of the University of Colorado with a biology degree and a dream of studying great apes. My passion for skiing landed me in the San Juan Mountains on a different path. I have since worked for the Telluride ski patrol and Silverton Mountain as a patroller and ski guide. My summers have been spent in Alaska where I work as a guide on the beautiful rivers, ocean, and mountains. I also pursued my biology interests by working on King Salmon research projects for the department of fish and game. I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced the mountains and I love to share the experience with others. I guide all women’s clinics at Silverton Mountain and have helped with an all women’s trip on Denali. I am looking forward to sharing a love for the mountains with Pakistani women and helping to create opportunities for the future.
· Lisa Rust, guide, from Hood River, Oregon, has worked as a professional rock climbing and mountaineering guide since 1995. Lisa began guiding rock at Smith Rock in Oregon and mountain guiding on Mt. Rainier and Mt. McKinley. She has guided the highest mountains on four continents, including working as a guide for an American women’s climb of Mt. Everest in 2002. Lisa is a full-time working wife as well as a mother to her adorable 2 year old daughter. She works as a middle school science teacher in Hood River, Oregon, she is also a non-practicing attorney, and trained Emergency Medical Technician. Lisa’s love of the mountains was nurtured by her Swiss father, and she seeks to pass that love and sense of wonder, independence, and empowerment that comes from climbing on to her daughter. To have the opportunity to pass such knowledge and empowerment on to the women of Pakistan is truly a reward.
· Sallie Dean Shatz, from Aspen, CO, is the expedition photographer and a professional photographer/writer. She has worked for BBC, Amnesty International, Index on Censorship, Sports Illustrated, rock and ice, climbing, trailrunner and magazines and newspapers in Lebanon, England, Germany, Australia, Israel/Palestine and the United States. She has worked for more than twenty nonprofit and non-government organizations around the world. Outdoor companies have used her work in their advertising campaigns- Patagonia, Black Diamond, Marmot and montrail. Her work has been exhibited on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, in Beirut, Lebanon sponsored by UNESCO and Amnesty International, in Jerusalem and most recently an exhibit that toured Spain for over a year. Shatz has also been a member of Mountain Rescue-Aspen for 14 years where she is a rescue leader, the only women to have served as training officer. Last winter she was in Pakistan working with the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Pakistan in helping distribute aid after the 7.6 earthquake that killed 87,000 people. For more information on the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Pakistan's earthquake relief efforts Sallie was a part of in Pakistan go to http://www.salliedeanshatz.com.
· Cherie Silvera, cinematographer, from Aspen, CO is an Emmy award winning adventure filmmaker, having produced over 70 hours of expedition and adventure films for the television networks ABC, CBS, NBC, OLN and Discovery, as well as the high-end outdoor brands, The North Face and Marmot. She was series producer on the 5-part NBC television special, The North Face Expeditions, as well as on OLN’s Emmy award winning series Adventure Quest, and was a producer on the 16-hour reality-adventure series Global Extremes: Mt.Everest. She has made films in remote locations from Mongolia to Peru, including 3 Himalayan expeditions.
When not making films, Cherie is a professional and competitive paraglider pilot. She has been the US women’s Paragliding Champion for the past two years and holds the US women’s Distance Record. Her favorite pastime is traveling the world with her glider in search of new flying and cultural adventures. Educated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, Cherie has combined her passion for the mountains with her filmmaking career. In addition to paragliding, she is an avid skier and climber. Whilst shooting video for a documentary she climbed and summitted the 8,012 meter (26,285 ft) peak Shishapangma in Tibet. In the spring of 2007, she will be documenting an expedition about a team attempting to ski from the summits of Choy Oyu and Mt. Everest.. Her personal goals are to help others, and especially women, share in her passion for the mountains and free-flight.
· Charlotte Fox, honorary team member. Unfortunately, Charlotte will not be able to attend due to an injury. She will be greatly missed this year but we look forward to her joining next year's expedition.

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