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Our Athletes

Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Alpine guide and first Sherpa to climb the Seven Summits

Known as the "Best Sider in the Khumbu" Lakpa Rita Sherpa grew up in Thame as the son of a mountain guide. He is the first Sherpa to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, and is universally recognised for his unique expertise and experience. 

Lakpa Rita has been professionally guiding and climbing around the world for over two decades. He has summited Everest 17 times, Cho Oyu 12 times, Pumori twice, as well as Shisapangma and Ama Dablam. He has also climbed Mt. Vinson, Denail, Aconcagua and attempted K2 and the south face of both Annapurna and Shishapagma. 

Today, Lakpa Rita guides primarily for Alpine Ascents International and lives in Shoreline, Washington USA with his wife and three childern. He is also know for his spirited break-facing during our annual Losar celebrations.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Lakpa Rita Jacket

Career Highlights:

  • First Sherpa to climb the Seven Summits
  • 17 summits of Mt. Everest
  • 12 summit of Cho Oyu

 

Neil Gresham

Alpine Climber

Neil Gresham is on of Britain's best known all-round climbers, performing at high levels in every discipline from Deep Water Soloing to sport, ice and trad. He has established hard first ascents in Brazil, Mongolia, Cuba, Vietnam, China, Iceland and Oman.

Neil has also been at the forefront of the development of coaching in Britain. He writes regular training articles for Climb and Rock & Ice magazine and has recently developed a new coaching qualification scheme: "The Materclass Coaching Academy".

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Lobutse Soft-Shell Jacket

"The best fitting soft-shell I've ever used, which works well for everything from rock climbing on chilly days to ice and Scottish mixed."

Career Highlights:

  • Third ascent of Indian Face E9 6c in North Wales in 1994 (Britain's hardest trad route at the time)
  • Second Equilibrium E10 7a in the Peak District in 2003 (Britain's hardest trad route at the time)
  • First ascent of Olympiad 8b in 2012 (currently Britain's hardest Deep Water Solo)
  • First ascent of Mr. Freeze WI 6, Iceland in 2008.

Dawa Yangzum

Ultra-marathoner and professional trekking guide

Dawa Yangzum Sherpa is the only female climber from the Rowaling Valley, home to more than 70 other noted climbers and summiteer. She has been a frequent competitor in Ultra Marathons, including the 350 km Everest Sky race, and has worked as a trekking guide since 2007. Dawa began climbing in 2009. Since then, she has already summited Mt. Everest, Yala peak (twice), Island Peak (three times), Chiki-Go, and Ama Dablam, as well as making successful ascents on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Tetons.

In her quest to encourage other Nepali female climbers, Dawa's current challenge is to become the first Asian woman UIAGM and IFMGA guide. 

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Lakpa Rita Jacket and Lhakee Pant

Career Highlights:

  • Second Place (Female) Annapurna Mandala Trail Race (350 km)
  • Winner, IFSC National Open Lead Climbing Competition
  • First Nepali female VIP Climber Ranger, Mt. Rainier National Park
  • First female member, National Geographic team, Everest

 

 

Heather Geluk

Climber and adventurer

Born and raised in Canada, Heather Geluk spends four months each year living in a tent on the side of snowy peaks in the Himalayas, Canadian Rockies and Alps. Her mountaineering achievements have included expeditions to Lhotse (third Canadian woman) and the northeast ridge of Everest, as well as Makalu, Cholatse, Kyajo Ri and other Himalayan giants.

Heatherís far-ranging resume also includes cycling 7500kms across Canada and 600kms across Tanzania, in addition to dragon boat racing on the Thames and whitewater rafting on the Bhote Kosi and Karnali rivers in Nepal.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Ladakh Jacket and Lhakee Pant

 

Mingma Tenjing Sherpa

Professional mountain and trekking guide

Raised in Namche Bazaar, Mingma Tenjing Sherpa started working as an assistant guide to his father during holiday vacations when he was just 14 years old. After attending the Hillary School in Khumjung, he went on to high school and college in Kathmandu. 

Though Mingma has a degree in Physical Science, he has always wanted to follow in his fatherís footsteps. He regularly climbs Lobutse, Island Peak and Mera Peak. 

Recently, Mingma started his own climbing and trekking agency in Nepal called Acclimatize Nepal. He and his wife Yangji travel to Europe during the off-season to climb and promote their business.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Shankar Jacket

 

Mandil Pradhan

Professional mountain bike rider and explorer

One of the best-known riders in the Nepalese mountain bike community, Mandil is the owner and head guide of Himalayan Rides. Living and breathing mountain bikes from an early age, Mandil has been featured in international media including Outside magazine, The Telegraph and Red Bull Web for leading the charge in promoting Nepal as a global mountain bike destination. 

As an athlete, Mandil has raced in the Megavalance Alp d'Huez, Crankworx Europe, and the Enduro World Series.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Jaaro Hal-zip Top and Yak Pullover Hoodie

 

Garrett Madison

Professional alpine guide

Garrett Madison is America's premier Everest expedition leader, having personally climbed to the top of the world with 37 clients over the last 5 years, more than any other American guide. 

As the 2011 Alpine Ascents International Everest and Lhotse Expedition Leader, Garrett led the first successful expedition where climbers reached the summit of two 8000 meter peaks in less than 24 hours. During this historic climb Garrett personally guided one climber peak-to-peak in 21 hours. 

He returned to lead the 2012 Alpine Ascents Everest team to the summit on May 20th, his being the only climbers to summit that day, and without any injuries.

Guiding the successful 2013 Alpine Ascents Everest and Lhotse climb, Garrett once again summited both peaks in less than 24 hours. 

In addition to standing atop Mt. Everest six times during his 14-year guiding career, Garrett has participated in over 30 international climbing expeditions including nine to Aconcagua, three to Denali, seven to Mt. Vinson, two to Kilimanjaro, and five to Mexico - plus over 165 ascents of Mt. Rainier.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: (TBD)

 

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa

Professional mountain and trekking guide

Born in Lukla, the starting point for most expeditions, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa has always been interested in climbing. However, she didnít actually start climbing until 2003, after attending college in Kathmandu. 

In a few short years Pasang Lhamu has summited Everest from the Tibet side, Yala Peak, Nangpai Gusung and Island Peak. She has also traveled to Italy and France to take mountaineering courses, climbing numerous peaks there as well. 

Today, in addition to working as the first female mountaineering instructor in Nepal, and a part-time trekking guide, Pasang Llamu is also the primary care taker of her teenage sister.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Lithang Jacket

 

Thomas Lämmle

High-altitude scientist and adventurer

Born in 1965, Thomas lives with his wife and five children in a wooden house he built himself, close to the Alps. He took up mountaineering as part of his research into high-altitude physiology, beginning at the University of Innsbruck. 

In pursuing his studies, Thomas has become an experienced expedition leader with summits of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma and Mt. Everest. He has also stood atop such peaks as Manaslu, Island Peak (14 times), Gasherbrum II, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Huayna PotosÌ (six times), Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro (20 times) and Mt. McKinley (six times). 

Along the way, Thomas has taught mountaineering and medical procedures in Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Kenya and Tanzania. 

His current project is to conquer four 8,000m peaks within four months: by skiing down Shishapangma (8013m); climbing Mt. Everest (8048m) alone, without additional oxygen and carrying his own equipment; skiing down Gasherbrum II (8035m); and climbing Hidden Peak (8068m) alpine style.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Lakpa Rita Jacket

 

Nima Yangjee Sherpa

Professional high-altitude, long-distance runner

Nima, our youngest gear athlete, is an experienced high-altitude, long-distance marathon racer with well over a dozen major races under her belt, including the Everest Marathon (42 km from Everest Base Camp to Namche), the Annapurna Mandala Trail Race (300 km), and The Ultimate Trail Race (1,000 km from Kathmandu to the Dolpa Himal). She regularly places in the top four with several 1st and 2nd place finishes. For example, she ran 2nd in womens and 9th overall in the 300 km Solu Khumbu Trail Marathon and won the womens division and placed 8th overall in the Annapurna Mandala Trail Race.

Living in France since 2011, Nimaís delightful verve and energy have proven to be great assets Sherpa Adventure Gear in Europe. She still runs and trains for her next race every day.

Favorite Sherpa Gear: Imja Jacket and Dorjee Top