Los Gatos, California
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
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
A: I will miss my wife
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
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
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.