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 Everest 2010:  Brandon & Kristine Chalk


 

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If they are successful, Brandon and Kristine Chalk will become the youngest American married couple to summit Mount Everest. The Chalks have been climbing for many years and summitted many mountains. The Chalks are relying on their years of experience, expedition and technical knowledge, and their physical and mental strength as they look forward to attempting Everest together.

Brandon began climbing in the Jackson Hole Tetons with his father at a young age. During college he began taking climbing road trips to the Rockies which included many of the Tetons' 14,000' peaks. Brandon continued climbing with his dad ultimately summitting 14,000' peaks in Colorado as well as The Middle and South Tetons in the Teton Range. In 2004, Brandon organized his first international high altitude climb of El Pico de Orizaba and in 2006 he organized an expedition and successfully climbed Aconcagua, Argentina. The Aconcagua climb was Brandon's first of the seven summits.

Kristine climbed her first 14,000' peaks, including Trays and Torreys Peaks, in Colorado and participated in bike tours including Ride the Rockies which traversed the San Juan mountains. She led backpacking trips and received a Leadership Trip that ended in an ascent of Mt. Ranier that began her love for mountaineering. Kristine was fortunate to be able to climb with Phil Erschler twice and with Erschler's wife on a second climb. Another Leadership Trip enabled Kristine to have the opportunity to ascend Mt. Ranier.

In March of 2007, friends and climbing partners Brandon and Kristine began dating and became engaged and, although Brandon wanted to proposed on the summit of a 14er and decided against the challenge, Kristine and Brandon were married on October 3, 2009, in Telluride, Colorado. The Chalks reside in Colorado with their two dogs, Kona and Rainier.

Climbing expeditions to Alaksa's Denali and Russia's Mt. Elbrus were led by Brandon and Kristine in 2007 and 2008 giving Brandon his second and third and Kristine's first and second of the seven summits together.

The Chalks will begin climbing Everest unguided from the southern (Nepalese) side via the south col route. They will have sherpa, food, and oxygen support. Camp 1 will be at 19,500' just above the Khumbu Icefall in the Western Cwm. Camp 2 will be at 21,000', just below the Lhotse face at the far end of the Western Cwm. Camp 3, at 23,500', includes a steep climb up the 45 degree Lhotse face. Camp 4, or high camp, will be at 26,300' on the South Col. On summit day, the Chalks will leave Camp 4 at midnight for the summit using sherpas and traveling via headlamp.

 
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