Mountain Professionals seemed like a simple idea in 2000. That was the year that Ryan Waters and Dave Elmore met in South America, where both were working in the industry and both had the idea to start their own guiding company. As the guiding season progressed, so did the business plan, culminating with, what they call the “highest business meeting ever” on the top of Aconcagua.
Mountain Professionals is an owner-operated company focusing on safety and quality. They organize and lead professional mountaineering expeditions and trekking expeditions in Argentina, Patagonia, Tanzania, Mexico, Nepal, Chile, Russia, Indonesia & Antarctica. They work with everyone from the professional climber to the novice trekker.
Director of Operations, Dave Elmore splits his time between managing the business of Mountain Professionals and guiding. He has led multiple expeditions to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan, South America, Mexico, Africa and Alaska. He was even recognized by the Pakistan Military for his role in a high altitude rescue.
Ryan Waters is responsible for the development and delivery of expeditions in South America and the Himalayas. He has been in professional guiding and outdoor education field for nine years, taking him to Mexico, Nepal, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Tibet, Pakistan and all over the U.S.
Mountain Professionals launched the Connecting Continents Project that focuses on cross-cultural education, promoting diversity and geographical awareness. The 21 day multi-cultural service oriented trek will reach Everest Basecamp in the Khumbu Vally of Nepal. The expedition will be dispatched to the Connecting Continents blog, allowing for under privileged students and under funded schools in Nepal, to participate in an international exchange with multiple schools in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA. Everest Basecamp trekkers will be “Connecting Continents Ambassadors” delivering computers and sunglasses to schools in Kathmandu and Khumbu. Zeal Optics will be supplying eye protection for the locals.
“We will not only donate needed supplies, gear, and friendship to the people of Nepal, but we will also be linking schools and classrooms worldwide to each other and to our Member school in Nepal,” Elmore said. The students will follow along on the journey via dispatches that are posted to the Connecting Continents Blog. The students will also be interacting with each other via this central blog, sharing their countries culture, customs and more.
What an ADVENTURE!
Can you imagine taking 21 days to experience a part of the world that many never dream? To experience other people and cultures that seems so distinct from our own.
I wish I could spare the time, because the experience seems “priceless.”