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Kenton Cool

Adventurer and Mountaineer

IFMGA World Mountain Guide, Mountain Climber, Ice Climber, Adventurer, Public Speaker, Broadcaster & 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer.

Kenton is one of the world’s leading alpine climbers with 10 Everest Summits under his belt amongst other incredible feats of human achievement.

First European to summit Mount Everest ten times (soon to be his eleventh)
First non-Asian to summit Everest twice in one week
Fulfilled ‘The Olympic Games Pledge’ in 2012 (whereby a century old promise made by Great Britain to Baron Pierre de Coubertin to place a 1924 Olympic Gold Medal on the Everest summit was completed four weeks before the London 2012 Opening Ceremony).
Proved 3G is on the Mt Everest summit for Samsung, & made the first 3G call and sent the first Tweet from the summit of Mt Everest
Guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Mount Everest and the Eiger
(raising £3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care & generating the most hits ever for their website)
Only Britain to have ever skied down two 8000m mountains
Nominated for the Piolet D’or (the climbing Oscars)
Completed more than 18 expeditions to the greater ranges
In 2012 Kenton fulfilled the Samsung Olympic Games Pledge by taking an Olympic Gold medal awarded to the 1922 Everest Expedition at the 1924 Winter Olympics by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to the top of Mount Everest, thus fulfilling a 90 year old Pledge to see one of the medals successfully reach the summit.
In 2011 Kenton became the focus of the world’s media after proving that 3G was now accessible on the summit of Mount Everest. Once he had done this by calling his wife Jazz , he then went on to enter the record books for sending the first and only Tweet from the summit, & making many lists of the most epic tweets of all time.

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Blackburn Crew

Polar adventurers


The Blackburn2014 team consists of four athletes from various backgrounds, all living in Munich, Germany.
They have known each other for a long time and now decided to start this awesome project coming up in 2014. Coming from all different kind of sport backgrounds, like kitesurfing, speedflying and alpine climbing, there is a common passion for extreme outdoor adventures. Combining all of these skills the team will set for new limits!

Since Sebastian could barely walk, he was already in touch with sports. At the age of three he took on skiing. Three years later, Sebastian had his first experiences with water-sports and learned sailing. After racing skiffs for several years, he switched over to yacht-sailing and windsurfing. One day he saw the first kitesurfers on his homespot. From that day on he knew that he had to learn this sport, no matter the cost. Five years later he became German Freestyle Champion. In 2004 and 2005 Sebastian won the Junior Freestyle World Championships in snow kiting. In 2007 he became German Snowkite Champion and in 2011 he became German Vice Champion.

Philip credits his love of extreme sports with his parents both being physical education teachers and their enthusiasm about sports. At the age of three he was already on the way to become a professional swimmer, but after several championships he eventually retired of this solo sport. His passion for mountaineering and climbing drew him to study in Switzerland. There he switched to air- and other adrenaline sports activities such as big mountain skiing and snowboarding, in which he is now able to do backflips and corked jumps.

Andreas got in contact with the mountains and mountaineering very early in his life since his mother comes from a little town in Tirol in the middle of the Austrian Alps. His uncle was one of the pioneer-climbers at the Wilder Kaiser. Besides showing him the perfect spots and teaching techniques, his uncle taught him what climbing and mountaineering really means: Responsibility for the nature and yourself, to know your limits and getting to the edge of them. With this in his mind Andreas was always looking out for new adventures, from the Swiss Alps to the volcanic rocks on the Cape Verde Islands. Beeing a pioneer himself one day was always a driving force. In medical school he met Samuel Stotz and since this time the two of them, having a similar view of the alpine mountaineering sport and complementing one another perfectly regarding their skills, they very successfully tour together.

*Pictures used with kind permission from Nicolas Chibac and the Mammut Sports Group.

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Dave Cornthwaite



Dave Cornthwaite is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker. He has broken six world records, written three books and completed more expeditions than you have fingers since he gave up a graphic design job in 2005.

His Expedition1000 Project: To undertake twenty five separate journeys of at least 1000 miles long, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. Along the way he aims to raise £1million pounds for charity and continue to spread his passionate advocacy of the word YES!

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Annelie Pompe

Freediver and Climber

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Adventurer Annelie Pompe believes adventure is more about attitude than adrenaline. Anything can be an adventure. She also believes that the greatest adventure of all is not at the summit, or at depth - it is inside of ourselves.

Annelie is a world champion freediver and a climber. She feels as home at the bottom of the sea as on the top of a mountain or on a rock face. Amongst her achievements is a world record freedive to 126m, as well as being the first Swedish woman to summit Everest from the north side.


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Ryan Waters

Mountaineer and Polar Adventurer

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RYAN WATERS grew up exploring the hills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern U.S. At the age of 18 he discovered climbing and a passion for travel that would eventually lead him to the great mountain ranges of the world. After working as a geologist for several years he began a career as an outdoor educator and mountain guide.

A trip to climb 7,200 meter Pumo Ri in Nepal led to extensive climbing and guiding work in the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet as well as the Karakoram Range in Pakistan. Ryan is a veteran of fourteen 8000 meter peak expeditions, including three expeditions to Mt. Everest, reaching the summit of both the Tibet and Nepal sides of the mountain. He has also led expeditions to Cho Oyu (3 times), Lhotse (2 times), Manaslu (2 times), K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 2, and Dhaulagiri.

A team unsupported West to East ski traverse of Greenland expanded his interests into the polar regions. Several future projects are focused in Antarctica and the Arctic. In January 2010, Ryan and Cecilie Skog completed a "nice long ski tour" in Antarctica. The team skied 1,117 miles/1,800 kilometers over 70 days from Berkner Island in the Ronne/Filchner Sea to the South Pole, then continued to the Ross Sea and set a new record by completing the first ski traverse of Antarctica without resupplies or the use of kites.

Ryan developed a passion for the Andes Range of South America and was based in Argentina leading over 35 expeditions in the mountains of Chile, Argentina and Ecuador. Ryan spent extensive time in the backcountry of South America working as a mountaineering instructor and has guided all of the Seven Summits.

In 2005 he launched the expedition guide service Mountain Professionals, which guides mountain climbing and polar expeditions worldwide. The company focuses on delivering high quality expeditions to small teams of adventurers.

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Jason Ramos

Smoke Jumper

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Jason A. Ramos, U.S. Smokejumper

A U.S. Smokejumper in his 14th season, Jason Ramos has been fighting fires for nearly 25 years from structural to wildland firefighting. Based out of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in the rugged Cascades of Washington State, Ramos has fought fires from Alaska to Florida and nearly everywhere between. Smokejumpers are highly trained wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas to fight fires. They also can be called upon to assist in search and rescue missions. They work anywhere from small teams of two, to larger missions consisting of

multiple resources and agencies. Smokejumpers are highly specialized and trained professionals who work independently in some of the most difficult terrain imaginable. They remain one of the oldest resources deployed by government agencies today. Before a candidate can apply to the smokejumper program, significant experience and familiarity with wildland firefighting is required. Unlike other wildland firefighting personnel, smokejumpers do not tend to be 18 or 19 year olds, fresh from high school, but seasoned men and women in their late 20’s and early 30’s.




In addition to his smokejumping career, Ramos founded Product Research Gear, LLC. For nearly a decade, PRg has been evaluating and testing gear, consulting for companies and designing products. PRg’s evaluation model calls on the experiences and insights of industry professionals, in some of the most rigorous conditions in the world. For businesses, PRg consults on products ranging from from prototypes and cutting-edge models to tried and true classics. A solutions company, PRg offers insight, design advice, reviews and marketing ideas

for the professional and outdoor retailers.

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Khoo Swee Chiow


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Khoo climbed Mount Everest in 1998 as a member of Singapore's first Mount Everest expedition. In 1999, he skied to the South Pole as the leader of Singapore first Antarctica expedition, covering a distance of 1,125 km in 57 days. In 2001, he climbed Mount Ararat in Turkey together with six other Everest summitters from Turkey, Colombia, the United States and Mexico as part of a Peace Climb project to raise funds and promote international friendship. In that same year, he climbed Shishapangma in Tibet becoming the first South East Asian to climb an 8,000-metre peak without supplemental oxygen.
In 2002, he skied to the North Pole with Arctic guide Paul Landry and a dog named Apu, after failing the previous year due to frostbite on a finger. Khoo becomes the first South East Asian and the fourth person in the world to complete "The Adventure Grand Slam," that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.[citation needed] He lost his bid to sail around the world in 2003, as his expedition was canceled due to lack of funding during the SARS outbreak and Iraq War period.
In that same year, he cycled from Singapore to Beijing in 73 days covering 8,066 km. In 2004, Khoo attempted to climb Mount Everest without oxygen but had to turn back 400 metres below the summit due to exhaustion.
On December 5, 2004, he successfully swam the Straits of Malacca from Tanjung Rupat in Indonesia to Port Dickson, in 22 hours over a distance of 40 km.[citation needed] He had been inspired to perform this feat at the age of six, after watching a Japanese man who was the first man to ever swim across the straits, starting his swim in front of his house. His attempt at swimming the English Channel in the summer of 2005, however, was unsuccessful due to hypothermia.
On December 25, 2005, Khoo broke the world record for the longest scuba dive done in a controlled environment, in this case in a tank. He stayed in the mineral-water-filled tank at Tampines Central for 220 hours, breaking the record by 7 hours and 30 minutes, surpassing British diver Michael Steven's 1986 record.[citation needed]
On May 23, 2006, together with Malaysian CEO Vincent Loh, age 51, Khoo reached the summit of Mount Everest for a second time.
On Jul 31, 2012, Singapore adventurer and motivational speaker Khoo Swee Chiow, 48, has become the first man in South-east Asia to reach the summit of K2 in Pakistan. The Seagate Technology K2 2012 expedition saw Mr Khoo reach the summit on the morning of July 31 after a 32-day climb in sub-zero temperatures. He was accompanied by an international team of 10 other climbers. K2 is considered the world's most treacherous and technically challenging mountain.
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Chris Bertish

Big Wave Surfer

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Chris Bertish likes to say that he’s just a normal guy. A regular Joe facing the same life struggles as you and I. The difference with Chris is that he is willing to throw himself over the ledge of an ocean wave the size of a four story building, paddle unsupported for seven days up treacherous coastlines alone, in extreme winds whilst battling the elements and paddle across the Atlantic on his Stand Up Paddle board (SUP).

He won the Maverick’s Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport and has a string of other notable world firsts under his belt, which most people are completely unaware of and he won’t be the one to mention it either.


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Ripley Davenport


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Ripley Davenport is an adventurer who has acquired hands-on experience in desert travel after many years drifting across some of the world’s isolated deserts entirely on foot.
Two prominent expeditions have been to the Mongolian Gobi Desert. The first in 2010 when he attempted the first Solo man haul across the entire landmass of Mongolia from East to West. He managed to man haul his entire provisions and equipment weighing in excess of 240kg on a customised wheeled trailer a total 1628 km/1012 miles before aborting the expedition due to injury.
Then the following year he returned to Mongolia. He organised and led the The Gobi ‘Crossing’ 2011 Expedition, an arduous 1000 mile trek across the inhospitable, wind-blown Altai mountains and Gobi Desert, from West to East.  For nearly two months, he and his International team trekked a total distance of 1,136 miles, in adverse conditions, with 12 Bactrian Camels and a Mongolian/Khazak support crew..

Now approaching his mid-forties, he admits that, after a temporary pause from expeditions, he is far from finished and far happier pushing his mental and physical limits but his new project, which is due to launch in 2014, will not be surrounded by a sun baked earth in soaring temperatures isolated from the outside world.

Ripley has been supportive in raising awareness for charities and organisations that support children, education, humanitarian assistance and health issues and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Matt Prior


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Matt Prior is an Adventurer, Pilot, Photographer and World Record Holder.

Matt is an ex-RAF pilot and British Military Overseas Expedition Leader.  He's driven a London Taxi to Everest Base Camp and holds the World Record for the highest altitude a taxi has ever been at 17,143ft.  He has taken a rickshaw from the southern tip of India to the Himalayas, driven a £150 1.0ltr car from London to Mongolia and back, as well as completing several off road motorbike trips around Asia and South America.

In the future he plans to take a Ural motorbike on a pioneering trip across Siberia and Lake Baikal, as well as kayak from Japan to Korea.

Matt has been approached by National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the BBC for his overland expertise and willingness to push boundaries.  He has over twelve years flying experience in piston, turbo prop, fast jet and wide body aircraft - flying all over the world.  He is also the founder of the Matt Prior Adventure Academy, which aims to give people the basic knowledge and confidence to tackle any expedition.

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360 Expeditions


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Raj Joshi, Hermione (Marnie) and Rolfe Oostra live for adventure in the mountains (and remote regions of the planet), so starting 360 Expeditions (while sitting out a snowstorm high in the Pyrenees) was a natural progression to develop and share their passion and knowledge of mountaineering in order to offer some of the best expeditions available.  Their itineraries, world class guides, dynamic and dedicated office crew and overwhelming drive for the outdoors clearly reflects their high standards which has been noted in the industry.

With three extensive expedition areas available, you could find yourselves undertaking anything from a rewarding charity challenge to Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of China, an adrenaline-charged adventure up Kilimanjaro or Mt Elbrus or something which will push you to the limits of human endurance such as summiting Everest, Ama Dablam or Aconcagua or even tackling the 7 summits (highest mountain on each continent). 

If you're looking at taking on your first adventure, raising money for charity or looking to summit one of the world's highest mountains, 360 can make it happen.

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Ryno Griesel


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"The way to the top is always uphill; make sure you have the power to share the rewarding view."

Ryno is a super-passionate mountaineer and trail runner.  He has climbed various mountains in Africa, Europe and Nepal.  He currently holds the record for the Hobbit 100km mountain run after back to back wins in 2012 and 2013.

He has raced Adventure Racing internationally with Team Cyanosis since 2006 with various top finishes.  Race destinations include Africa, Europe, New Zealand, 800km in the Moab Desert in Utah and 10 days amongst the icebergs of Patagonia.

Ryno actively competes on the Rogaine World Champs circuit (pair - 24 hour navigation runs) with Nicholas Mulder.  They achieved a 2nd place at the New Zealand Championships in 2010 and a top 5 finish at the Czech World Championships in 2012.

His true passion, however, remains spending time in the mountains and sharing it with others.

His competitive side sees him combine his experience gained in the altitude and technical rope work of mountaineering, the managing of sleep deprivation and team dynamics in Adventure Racing, the navigation of Rogaine and the technical aspect and speed of trail running to tackle FKT (Fastest Known Times) in self-sufficient mountain running.

Ryno set a new world record in March 2014 with Ryan Sandes in a Red Bull project to cover the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) in a time of 41 hours and 49 minutes with only 40 minutes of sleep (the previous record was 60 hours 29 minutes).  During the DGT, the team from Salomon summited the six highest peaks south of Kilimanjaro.

Ryno is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, registered independent auditor, tax practitioner and and co-founder of the international height safety group Gravity Training.

Ryno is passionate about reinvesting in the sport and manages a portfolio of up and coming athletes and regularly presents motivational talks in sport and business sharing his adventures.  He believes that a person learns more about themselves in a 5 day expedition / adventure race than a normal person will in 5 years.

*Images courtesy of; Anja Aucamp (pic 1), Bruce Viaene (pic 2, 3), Craig Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar (Pic 8)

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