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
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
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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