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Nick Cienski

Nick Cienski

USA

Canada/USA


Nick began climbing in the Himalayas and Karakorum mountains at age 21 (1987). For well over the next decade, Nick focused on difficult routes operating in small teams in challenging situations with no supplemental oxygen, no high altitude Sherpa support, and minimal equipment. Nick returned to the Himalayas in 2014 after a 21-year hiatus from high altitude climbing and next year will lead the 6 Summits Challenge team. As a member of Under Armour’s® Innovation team Nick also designed the clothing, gloves and packs the team will use during this record setting expedition.

My faith in Christ gives me the strength and courage to take on challenges that I could never do alone and find success in arenas where I should have failed.

Mountain Max Altitude (m)
Manaslu 8163 (summit)
Cho Oyu 6800
Broad Peak 8046 (summit)
Broad Peak 7950
Mt. Everest 8000
Batura Peak 7500
Aconcagua 6962 (summit)
Kilimanjaro 5895 (summit)
Simone La Terra

Simone La Terra

Italy

Italy


Simone is a wine maker in the northern part of Italy when not climbing on the world’s highest mountains. As a veteran of 15 expeditions Simone has summited 5 times as well as attempting Nanga Parbat in winter.

Mountain Max Altitude (m)
Cho Oyu (South Face) 6800
Cho Oyu (Normal Route) 7500
Nanga Parbat 7500
Shisha Pangma 8027 (summit)
Broad Peak 8046 (summit)
K2 7500
Nanga Parbat (winter) 6000
Gasherbrum II 8035 (summit)
Lhotse 8000
Cho Oyu 8201 (summit)
Manaslu 7400
Nanga Parbat 8080 (north summit)
Manaslu 8163 (summit)
K2 6800
Dhaulagiri 8060
Hirohisa Suzuki

Hirohisa Suzuki

Japan

Japan


Since leaving his barista job at a coffee shop near Mt. Fuji, Hiro has traveled the globe climbing some of the highest peaks on each continent. As the youngest member of the 6 Summits Challenge team Hiro brings his passion for climbing and zeal for adventure to this expedition.

Mountain Max Altitude (m)
Manaslu 8163 (summit)
Mt. Elbrus 5642 (summit)
Kilimanjaro 5895 (summit)
Halldorsson

Gudmundur 'Gummi' Halldorsson

Iceland

Iceland


Gummi has been guiding professionally on the vast glaciers and mountains of Iceland over the past decade. As an eight-year veteran of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue he specialized in mountain rescue. Gummi has climbed in Thailand, Alaska, Africa and Europe.

Mountain Max Altitude (m)
Mt. McKinley 6168 (summit)
Aconcagua 6000
Mt. Blanc 4810 (summit)
Kilimanjaro 5895 (summit)

Sandi Cienski

Iceland

Canda


Sandi is a professional photographer, artist, and co-founder of Mission 14®. With more than 18 years of experience running her own professional photography business, she will bring tremendous photography and videography skills to the expedition team.

Sandi will deliver a much-needed female perspective throughout the 6 Summits Challenge as a regular contributor on social media platforms and the expedition journal. Her punchy humor will compliment white-knuckle experiences in tense situations. She will be at base camp on each of the six mountains, and will play a vital role in supporting, encouraging, and praying for Nick as he pushes hard to complete the mission.

I am terrified of the dangers my husband will face, but I trust in the Lord and know He will keep Nick safe and lead him to success. It is important for all of us to Be Brave on behalf of those that can’t stand on their own and to empower those that are on the front lines.

Russell Brice

Iceland

New Zealand


Russell has been leading expeditions to the Himalayas since 1974 and now has a regular team of Sherpas who are the most respected in Nepal. Russell has led clients to the summit of Everest, Manaslu, Cho Oyo (8,201m), Himal Chuli (7,540m), Shishapangma (8,046m), Ama Dablam (6,856m).

Individually, he has the world record for the fastest single solo ascent without oxygen of both Cho Oyo and of Ama Dablam, and in 1988 became the first climber to cross the infamous Pinnacles of the NE ridge of Everest with Harry Taylor. 

Russell is now widely reputed as one of the most professional leaders of all guided expeditions to the Himalayas. Several film and television crews including the Discovery Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and Tigress Productions have benefited from his superior organizational skills.

Russell is a member of the British Mountain Guides Association and Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne. He is also a co-founding Director of Friends of Humanity - a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping disadvantaged peoples in various parts of the world, and is a Patron of Smile High- a charity with the vision of providing much needed dental services in remote areas of Nepal.

Elia Saikaly

Iceland

Canada


Elia Saikaly is an award-winning adventure filmmaker whose global adventures inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change. Never having slept in a tent, Elia’s adventure filmmaking career began on the slopes of Mt. Everest were he set out to honor the life of his fallen mentor. With over 16 expeditions under his belt, Elia has proven time and time again that he has the determination, stamina, skill, resourcefulness, and vision required to meet the greatest of challenges.

On May 22nd, 2013, Elia stood on top of the world for the 2nd time. Not only did he climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, he shot a reality television series, which garnered him a CINE Award, and shared the journey with thousands of students via ePals.com, the fastest growing K-12 social network on Earth. He’s climbed 5 of the seven summits, participated in 6 Himalayan climbs and has led youth expeditions which were all broadcast on the web and shared in ‘real-time’ via his interactive school learning program FindingLife that empowers and educates youth through the platform of adventure.

Phurba Tashi

Iceland

Nepal


Phurba was born in 1971 and lives in Khumjung. He began by following in his Fathers footsteps as an expedition cook boy, Phurba has now worked on many Himalayan Experience expeditions. Now at age 44 he has been to the summit of Everest 21 times, and has climbed 8000m peaks 35 times - the most ever by one person.

He is Himalayan Experience’s main climbing Sirdar (head Sherpa) and is often referred to as the "Everest Yak" because of his immense strength at altitude and superior logistical knowledge.