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Robert Link autographs a Mountain Link poster for TraditionalMountaineering

Copyright© 2004 -2007 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.

I am pleased to announce that Mountain Link has moved north to Bend, Oregon. This Central Oregon community is rich with local outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking and river sports. I look forward to having our business closer to the mountains, open spaces and the lifestyle that fits our passion for adventure. Being closer to the mountains will afford us the opportunity to build more domestic instructional programs in the nearby Cascades.

Mountain Link recently broadened its horizons internationally by offering trips to Mount Vinson in Antarctica and Mount Elbrus in Russia. The trips were blessed with great success. It has always been our goal to take on the challenge of exploring new adventures with first class service. We continue to work hard to stay on the leading edge of adventure travel.

While Mountain Link continues to grow and change, our philosophy and priorities remain the same: quality instruction in the latest mountaineering techniques and remembering to enjoy the process of mountaineering. Our guides are not only world-class climbers, but also exceptional teachers. Their true talents lie in their ability to mentor others, giving our customers great memories and climbing experiences that will serve them on future adventures.

I invite you to join us on one of our upcoming trips. The first step is always the most difficult, then it is just one after the other, and before you know it you are living the dream.

Come, tie into adventure!
-Robert Link

Climbing Resume
300 summits of Mount Rainier (14,410')
    (Note that this is a record few guides can claim. --Webmeister Speik)
21 expeditions on Mount McKinley (20,320')
1 expedition on Mount Hunter (14,235')
5 expeditions to Everest (29,035')
    (Summit on the most successful Everest Expedition in History)
Kangchenjunga (28,208')
Cho Oyu (27,766')
    (Lead guide for successful expedition via the Tibet side)
Dhaulagiri (26,795'). Group reached 25,300'
Kilimanjaro, Africa, 4 successful guided climbs
12 expeditions on Aconcagua, Argentina (22,835')
13 climbs of Cotopaxi (19,348')
12 climbs of Chimborazo (20,701')
Guided 6 climbs of Popcateptl, Mexico (17,800').
Guided 18 climbs of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico (18,700")
Guided 8 climbs of Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico (17,342')
Guided 5 climbs of Illimani, Bolivia (21,003')
Guided 5 climbs of Huayna Potosi, Bolivia (19,975')
West face of Jahntugan, Russia (14,728)
    (First American ascent with Ed Viesturs)
Guided 2 climbs of Mt. Elbrus, Russia (18,501')
Italian side of the Matterhorn

Wilderness First Responder
U.S. Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Trainer
Certified Alpine Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association

The term "seasoned mountain guide" often conjures up an image of a tough and temperamental veteran of altitude who has seen it all and lived to tell about it. But anyone who has ever been a client of Robert Link knows that there exists another kind of guide who, besides an unyielding concern for safety, is generous with encouragement and whose interests go much further than simply how many clients have reached the summit this year or that. Soft-spoken and genuine to a fault, Robert is known for his dedication to helping clients achieve their goals. Central to his philosophy is the idea that a guide can be much more than just a guide; he or she can also be a teacher and a friend.

Robert began his climbing career at age seven when he climbed Mount Adams with his father. Since that time he has summited Mount Rainier over 290 times and climbed extensively throughout the world, leading numerous successful expeditions in Nepal, Tibet, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Antarctica, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Italy and Alaska, to name a few. His climbing resume lists dozens of successful ascents on such high-altitude giants as North America's McKinley and Orizaba, South America's Aconcagua, Chimborazo, Illimani and Cotopaxi, and the Himalaya's Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Everest.

In 1989, he was part of the first American team ascent of the North Face of Kanchenjunga. He summited the North Col Route on Everest in 1990 with climbers from China and Russia as part of the International Peace Climb. He lacks just one peak (Carstensz Pyramid or Kosciuszko, depending on who you ask) to achieve success reaching the highest summits on each of the seven continents.

Robert is known for his skills 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 for cultural history, his ability to forge 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.

Robert and his wife Cari live in Bend, Oregon, with their son, Dalton.

Robert is a Certified Alpine Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association.

Copyright© 2007 by Mountain Link, LLC. All Rights Reserved.




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