The certified mountain- and skiing guide leads worldwide expeditions since 1993. Luis grew up in Füssen close to the Bavarian Alps and already as a kid spent all his time in the mountains. After his studies in sport science he worked 10 years as a travel organizer and was responsible for expeditions and trekking tours before exchanging the office chair for ropes completly.
Highlights: climbing multiple eight-thousanders without oxygen (Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum I und II, Nanga Parbat, Dhaulagiri, Broad Peak, Shisha Pangma, Manaslu), Everest with oxygen and skiing down six of them. Some first ascents (Kokodak Dome 7129 m, Mt. Baird 3858 m) and lots of guided classics (Everest, 12x Aconcagua, 5x Chimborazo, 3x Illimani, 2x Muztaghata, 2x Denali, Ama Dablam, Khan Tengri, Pumori,…).
Since Markus was 14 years old, he is a very motivated, enthusiastic mountaineer. From growing up in Carinthia, he went out into the world to explore mountains like Cerro Torre (Patagonia), Eiger Nordwand and the Grand Jorasses Nordwand. It doesn’t matter if it’s Rockclimbing, Iceclimbing or Mountainclimbing, we can always rely on Markus and really appreciate to have him in our team.
Uli is our expert for south america. Until today he summited Aconcagua not less then 57 times and did the ascents on four different routes! But he does not stop here! Uli did all of the Seven Summits, some of them more than one time. He has been working as a mountain guide for 27 years and is a trainer of the National School of Mountain Guides in Mendoza, Argentina for more then 20 years now.
Mount Everest (3x), Broad Peak, Seven Summits, Alpamayo (4x), Artesonraju (2x), Huascaran (2x), Tocllaraju (2x), Quitaraju (4x), Ojos del Salado 6.893 m (2x), Pissis 6.795 m, Bonete 6.759 m, Tres Cruces 6.749 m, Huascaran 6.746 m (3x), Llullaillaco 6.739 m, Mercedario 6.701 m (2x), Walter Penck 6.685 m, Inca Huasi 6.638 m (2x and first winter ascent) and all together more than 50 summits over 6.000m and more than 100 over 5.000m.
Herbert was born in 1967 and lives in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. For more than 18 years he has been travelling the world with guests as a certified mountain and ski guide. This includes 11 expeditions to 8,000 m high mountains and a multitude of other expeditions and trekking tours in the Himalayas and the Karakorum. Herbert guided all 7 Summits with guests. He also works as a canyoning guide and court surveyor for climbing and avalanche accidents.
Highlights: Shisha Pangma, Nanga Parbat, Cho You (2x), Mount Everest, Putha Hiunchuli, all 7Summits, Kamet (first Austrian on India’s 3rd highest mountain).
Dave Watson is a father of 3 residing in the Columbia River Gorge. He is a professional ski patroller with 20 years of experience and currently an ambassador for the National Ski Patrol and Subaru. A mountain guide with 2 summits of Mt Everest, Dave has also skied down K2 from over 27,000 feet. As owner of MountainSavvy Avalanche School, pro member of the American Avalanche Association, AIARE certified instructor with a Pro 2 certification, he prefers to be where the slopes are steep and the snow is deep.
Mingma Sherpa, who comes from the Makalu region, seems to be tireless. He is our Lead Sherpa and has already contucted many of our expeditions with his sherpas. Not only does he lead our sherpas successfully to the summit, but he also has always energy left for the expedition participants to support them.
An excerpt from his impressive repertoire:
19x Everest, 2x K2, 4x Manaslu, 3x Broad Peak, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhauagiri, Lhotse, …