Carlos began his extraordinary career in American mountaineering at age fifteen on a National Outdoor Leadership School course in Wyoming. He was twenty-eight when he was invited to join the American expedition attempting the East “Kangshung” face of Everest, its last, unclimbed flank. His decision to join this effort instead of attending graduate school in Washington, D.C. launched one of the most exceptional pursuits in American mountaineering. Throughout his life, Carlos has spearheaded remarkable explorations, including seldom explored and remote valleys in the Himalaya and Andes mountain chains. Carlos holds the highest honors in American mountaineering, including the top award for mountaineering achievement, the American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award. For more information on Carlos, visit http://www.carlosbuhler.com and http://www.carlosbuhler.blogspot.com/
Aaron Richards is a professional mountain guide based in Bishop, Calif. The son of entomologists, he grew up exploring the rainy foothills of the Cascades and eventually earned a degree in botany from Oregon State University. He has since lived, worked and played in Portland and in the Bay Area, pursuing climbing and skiing across the western United States and Canada, and also running and competitive ultimate Frisbee.
Making a home in the Eastern Sierra has meant easier access to environments and challenges he loves best: large alpine walls, great couloir skiing and even a bit of ice. He’s working toward full IFMGA certification and continues to enjoy his work for Sierra Mountain Center, which unites his fascination with nature and his love of working with people.
After over 30 years in the outdoor industry as an athlete, consumer, mountain guide, educator, ski instructor, rock guide, mountain bike racer, whitewater raft guide, salesperson, rock gym instructor, sea kayak guide, product tester, expedition leader, guide business owner, and professor, Kevin now finds himself in the very unique position of being a product ambassador for Brooks-Range Mountaineering. He’s extremely honored to be an ambassador and an invaluable asset to the team.
Kevin’s career as a guide has spans more than 20 years. Growing up in Northern Californian gave him plenty of time to explore, climb, and guide at outdoor meccas such as Yosemite, the Sierra Nevadas, the Wasatch, the Alaska Range, the Chugach Range, and the Rocky Mountains. In addition, he’s traveled to foreign, exotic locales such as Nepal to climb, guide, conduct research, and teach wilderness medicine. Kevin has also traveled to Russia to climb and guide Mt. Elbrus, and Pakistan to put up first ascents.
After fulfilling his dream of becoming an international mountain guide, Kevin realized that he wanted to help gain more recognition and respect guiding industry, both domestically and abroad, by promoting formalized training and education for guides. This led him to pursue a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. Nowadays, Kevin works as an assistant professor and is the program coordinator of the Wilderness Leadership program at Westfield State University. He often takes his students on expeditions to the mountains of Nepal, Wyoming, Colorado, California, and New England. He continues to work as a guide and conducts field research in mountainous environments. Kevin has been awarded numerous grants to support his research from organizations such as the American Alpine Club and has been involved with the AMGA helping to rewrite an instruction manual and serving on committees.
Passionate for every aspect offered by climbing from bouldering, cracks and sport to having fun with friends, Charlie is an avid climber based out of Mammoth Lakes, California. With over 13 years of climbing experience under his belt, he looks to share his climbing expertise with others in a recent guidebook published about climbing near Mammoth Lakes.