Team Members



Today is a ‘working’ rest day. We hiked up a 1000’ this morning to acclimatize a bit more. I went with Phu Tashi to his village of Dingboche to visit his family and have some lunch. We are high up the Khumbu Valley now. Only low shrubs growing, rocky and windblown.

Read-on for short bio’s and pics of my team members …

Mike Michael Hamill (US) 32, has summitted Everest 2 times, 4x Cho Oyu, all 7 summits, etc. Professional guide for IMG. Passions: fly fishing, ski touring.

Eben Eben Reckord (US) 26, has summitted Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Aconcagua, Kili, Mt. Rainier 51x. Professional guide for IMG. Passions: guiding, reading, travelling.

Louis Louis Carstens (South Africa) 48, is back again this year to try again at the summit. He missed it by only several hundred feet last year because of a gastro. He has already climbed the other 6 summits, as well as Cho Oyu with me in 2008. He is a strategist for a financial services company in Johannesburg. Passions: climbing, travelling and new experiences.

Jason Jason Vandalen (US) 40, has climbed Denali, Aconcagua, Baker, Adams, Athabaska. He is an architect in NY. Passions: Climbing, Cycling, Running.

Sandhosh Sandhosh Kumar (India) 27, presently living in Singapore for 11 years. Has climbed Kilimanjaro, Cho Oyu, Mt. Blanc, and hiked to BC Everest. His profession is in banking. Passions: mountain climbing, endurance.

Steve Steve Barnes (US) 51, has climbed Rainier, Cayumbe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo. He is a lawyer in NY. Passions: kids, fishing, climbing.

Tim Tim Igo (US) 32, has climbed Aconcagua, Kili., Elbrus, Utah 4x 12,000’s. He is a sales manager for computer eq. and consulting company. Passions: mountaineering, snowboarding, cycling, travel, learning

Mark Mayk Schega (Germany) 46, has climbed 6 of 7 summits including Mt. Kosziusko and Carstenz Pyramid, Cho Oyu and mts. in Alps. He owns a company in Munich for temporary work and direct placement. Passions: mountaineering, mountain biking, biking expeditions and travel.

Namche_004 Myself, Theodore Fairhurst (Canada) 62, mtn’s climbed (see website). I own real estate in Montreal. Passions: mountaineering, mountain biking, travel, pushing my limits.

Team Members




    FRANCOISE 2010-04-10 20:47
    Hi Ted,

    I am following you and this is great to be able to use this interface!
    I can dream and travel without too many efforts thanks to your website.
    Hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

  2. marian barnes

    marian barnes 2010-04-13 22:13
    good luck–god bless to this entire team.all of you seem to be strong minded-healthy in body individuals–god bless each and every one–May you achieve this summit and live to golden years to tell the tale.we are following with great interest.

  3. marian barnes

    marian barnes 2010-04-13 22:19
    TO RE-ITERATE–God Bless the entire teamI hope one of you writes a book entailing this magnificent experience.may you all return safely.

  4. barbara fernandez

    barbara fernandez 2010-04-14 06:56
    I am praying to all the gods for a safe, exciting trip for all. Steve Barnes kin miss him,

  5. darren fairhurst

    darren fairhurst 2010-04-19 15:04
    Your family from the maritimes are thinking about you everyday. we are proud of you and your commitment. You are inspiration to many who what to push their limits and change their life. You have done that for me….thanks Ted. Love you

  6. Cheryl Brzezowski

    Cheryl Brzezowski 2010-04-21 16:42
    To all the team. Stay strong and return to tell the tale. To Steve: Keep us updated!
    – Cheryl

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