Team Member - Doug Pape 

Los Gatos, California
Occupation: Carpenter
Skills: Equipment, Gear, Completed two expeditions to Denali

Q: Why do you want to drive around the world?: 
A: My reasons for wanting to go on this trip are simple. The combination of the countries we will be traveling through, our mode of travel, and the individual members of the team I will be traveling with unquestionably make this the trip of a lifetime. As with any adventure of this magnitude, the full scope and importance may not be apparent for years to come. Furthermore, this trip will help fulfill my substantial, personal, adventure "jones."

Q: What benefits do you think this trip will have? 
A: There are a number of significant benefits that will result from this expedition. On a personal level, two aspects really stand out. I will get the opportunity to view five of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks (Everest, Choy Oyu, Lotse, Makalu, and Shishapangma) from very close range on the not-often-visited Tibetan side of the Himalayas. I will also get the chance to visit many of the sites I had only previously read about while studying for my degree in History. Our teams' web site will add a whole different aspect to the trip. We will have the chance to share our journey with whomever chooses to check out the site, giving them the opportunity to vicariously join our expedition as we circumnavigate the globe.

Q: Do you think you will make it?
A: Barring a serious illness or injury that requires some sort of evacuation stateside, the thought of not "making it" never crosses my mind. The question isn't "why will someone make it?" but rather "why would someone bail out?" 

Q: What are you definitely not leaving home without?
A: I'm not leaving home without a picture of my wife.

Q: What will you miss most about home?
A: I will miss my wife the most.

Q: What will be the hardest thing about being on the road?
A: The hardest thing about being on the road will be diarrhea, no toilet, and subzero temperatures.

Q: What is your biggest concern?
A: My biggest concern? Having to endure diarrhea, no toilet, and subzero temperatures.

Q: What sights are you most looking forward to seeing?
A: Favorite potential sight? One of my mates being forced to endure diarrhea, no toilet, and subzero temperatures.

Q: What personality trait of yours is most likely to irritate your fellow travelers?
A: There is absolutely nothing about me that will irritate my fellow travelers. I am perfect.

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