8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2005: Team Alongi 2005 The
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
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
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
Sport Everest Boot has made some minor changes by adding
more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High
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-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
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
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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®
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