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  Mt. Everest 2005: Team Alongi 2005 The Team


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Dispatch #1:  Months of preparation and training are now behind us.  We had our final group Q&A meeting for the members of the expedition.  Everyone looked extremely strong and ready to go.  Here's a run down of the team roster.

Brook Alongi - Expedition Leader/Organizer, Marysville WA
Brook is definitely not a rookie when it comes to high altitude expeditions.  Mt. Everest will be his second 8000 meter summit, if he is lucky enough to stand atop her.  Brook's climbing resume spans the globe and includes accomplishments such as:  Cho Oyu, multiple ascents of El Capitan, first ascents in Alaska and Japan, multiple ascents of Aconcagua (even one solo), and much more.  In addition, Brook is a certified National Registry EMT and a Wilderness-EMT.  When he's home in Washington state, he volunteers his talents to the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit of Snohomish county.  
Ryan Allen - Seattle, Washington
Ryan has attempted some pretty hard climbs in the last few years.  The Muir Wall on El Capitan and Lotus Flower Tower in Canada are just two of the many great adventures he's had.  Growing up in Seattle has given him the opportunity to encounter a wide range of climbing environments in the Cascades.  Ryan believes in giving back to the local climbing community through education and volunteering opportunities.  He spent three years as the chief instructor of the Boeing Employees' Alpine Society (BOEALPS) Intermediate Climbing course.  Ryan is a software engineer, and will undoubtedly be on the expedition laptop often!
Al Baal - Seattle, Washington
Al has climbed Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, and Mera Peak in Nepal.  He has also participated in an expedition to Sikkim, India and climbed in the Dolomites in Italy. He toured more than 15,000 miles by bicycle in the US, Scotland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand over the last several years.  Al charming nature will be an important part of our team's cohesiveness on the mountain.
Ambrose Bittner - Seattle, Washington
Ambrose has been climbing for 20 years since he first took a rock climbing class and attempted to climb Mt. Rainier while getting his engineering degree at Washington State University.  Ambrose has two first ascents to his credit: a new route on Plummer Peak in the British Columbia Coast Range, and the first ascent of Cerro Tillman in Patagonia. Ambrose has climbed internationally, including the high and remote mountains of Nepal, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina. He just completed his MBA degree from the University of Washington and is in the process of starting his own Asia-focused travel company called Red Lantern Journeys.
Michael Frank - Seattle, Washington
Michael started out as a rock climber in New Mexico before moving to Seattle in the late 80’s, where he discovered alpine climbing. Michael was on the first ascent climb with Ambrose of Cerro Tillman on the Patagonian Ice Cap and has done several peaks in the Canadian Rockies. In addition to climbing Michael is an avid cyclist and runner having completed 4 marathons and numerous 100+ mile bicycle rides, in addition to completing RAMROD 3 times, a 154 mile ride around Mt. Rainier in one day with 10,000 feet of elevation gain!  He currently works at Boeing as a Software Engineer.  
Scott Streett - Everett, Washington
Scott is about an avid athlete as one could be.  He trains incessantly for his passion, climbing and outdoor adventure travel.  He began climbing when he was in college at Penn State.  Since then, his love for the mountains has brought him to the Pacific Northwest where there is ample opportunities to grow within the sport.  Scott is an active member of the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit and works at REI.  

Our team is preparing their gear, wrapping up loose ends at work and running those last few miles to get the last burn before leaving.  Next stop, Kathmandu Nepal!

Until then... Brook

Team Alongi 2005 Introduction

Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

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A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura® upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand See more here.

 






 

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