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and Unhurried Seven Summiter"
Copyright© 1999 by Andy Politz, May 1, 1999 - The 1999 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition. All Rights Reserved.
Mt. Everest's summit and Northeast ridge with the First, Second, and Third Steps
from the same spot as viewed by Odell on June 8, 1924.
Climbing & Trekking Guide
International Mountain Guides Director
"Eric has been a professional mountain guide
since 1973 and has personally conducted over 85 major expeditions around the
globe, including over 25 to the Himalayas. He has become recognized
internationally as one of the world's premiere mountaineering expedition
leaders, specializing in climbs of Mt. Everest and the other classic 8,000m
peaks of the Himalayas. During his thirty-year professional career he has spent
over 5,000 days of active guiding, and is a Senior Certified Alpine Guide and
Ski Mountaineering Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association, for
which he served from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the Board of Directors.
Eric's guiding experience in the U.S. includes over 270 successful ascents of Mt. Rainier and 16 ascents of Mt. McKinley in Alaska. His international guiding and climbing resume includes expeditions on every continent of the globe, including ascents of the "Seven Summits" and eleven expeditions to Mt. Everest, reaching the summit in 1991 via the North Ridge. Other adventures have included Peak Communism (Tajikistan), Carstensz Pyramid (Irian Jaya), Cho Oyu (Tibet.), the National Geographic Society 1998 GPS Expedition (re-measuring Everest), and several scientific expeditions including high altitude botanical research on Mt. Kenya, recovering geologic samples from the Patriot Hills in Antarctica, glacial geology and snowline research in the Himalayas, and radiometric surveying in the western USA for the Department of Energy.
In addition to being a co-owner and active manager of International Mountain Guides, Inc., Eric is a co-owner and active manager of Mt. Rainier Alpine Guides. He co-authored Ghosts of Everest, published by The Mountaineers Books in October 1999, sharing the story of my 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition and recently named as one of the 20th Century's 50 best mountaineering books by the American Alpine Club. He also co-authored Detectives on Everest, published by The Mountaineers Books in July 2002, recapping the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition which conducted the world's highest archeology project and culminated with the accomplishment of the highest mountaineering rescue in history."
Eric Simonson is a real guy who lives in
the Pacific Northwest. Recently, friends of mine from Bend summited Mt. Rainier with
"Simo". I had hoped to join that adventure but I had to cancel. I talked to Eric on the
phone and have also exchanged emails. Be assured that he will be there personally, for
you, on adventures from Rainier to Everest. Go to his web, linked below, and check
out the trips he is leading. Go, if space
is available. We thank him for his nice comments and autograph!
--Webmeister Bob Speik
Read more . . .
Eric Simonson's website
About Alpine Mountaineering:
The Sport of Alpine Mountaineering
Following the Leader
The Mountaineers' Rope
Basic Responsibilities Cuatro Responsabiliades Basicas de Quienes Salen al Campo
The Ten Essentials Los Diez Sistemas Esenciales
What is the best traditional alpine mountaineering summit pack?
What is the best belay | rappel | autoblock device for traditional alpine mountaineering?
What gear do you normally rack on your traditional alpine mountaineering harness? Photos?
What is the best traditional alpine mountaineering seat harness? Photos?
Can I use a Sharpie Pen for Marking the Middle of the Climbing Rope?
What are the highest peaks in Oregon? Alphabetically?
CARBORATION AND HYDRATION
Is running the Western States 100 part of "traditional mountaineering"?
What's wrong with GORP? Answers to the quiz!
Why do I need to count carbohydrate calories?
What should I know about having a big freeze-dried dinner?
What about carbo-ration and fluid replacement during traditional alpine climbing? 4 pages in pdf
What should I eat before a day of alpine climbing?
ALPINE CLIMBING ON SNOW AND ICE
Winter mountaineering hazards - streams and lakes
Is long distance backpacking part of "traditional mountaineering"?
How long is the traditional alpine mountaineering ice axe?
What about climbing Mt. Hood?
What is a good personal description of the south side route on Mount Hood?
What should I know about travel over hard snow and ice?
How can I learn to self belay and ice axe arrest? 6 pdf pages
What should I know about snow caves?
What should I know about climbing Aconcagua?