Field Touring Alpine Satopanth 2009 Team Page
We are very excited about our trip to Satopanth beginning in September and led by Chris Szymiec. We have a small and strong team assembling which includes FTA alumni from peaks like Spantik and Cho Oyu and we look forward to enjoying dispatches from the field as they make their way up this 7075m peak in the Indian Himalaya.
The following companies have been gracious enough to help support this expedition:
Chris Szymiec (Canada) Satopanth Expedition Leader
Living full time in the Canadian Rockies Chris’s typical weekends include quick trips up snow and ice climbs and skiing back down to the car! Originally from the Alberta, Canada, Chris has climbed in personal and commercial expeditions throughout the Rockies & the Himalayas. Chris has many alpine climbs to his name including summits of Ama Dablam (2006, 2007 & 2008), Island Peak (2007 & twice in 2008), Aconcagua (2009) and Spantik (2007). Chris has also guided expeditions to Cho Oyu (2007), Gasherbrum 2(2008), Broad Peak & many other peaks in Nepal, India & Kashmir. Chris is currently leading our Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak, Spantik, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua climbs and Everest Base Camp treks as well as working on several new trips including Satopanth and Nanda Devi East.
Veronika Bartova (Czech Republic), Expedition Medic
Veronika M. Bartova was born in Czech Republic, spent 2 years at high school in Melbourne, Australia, studied medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. She specialised in internal medicine, nephrology and dialysis and worked at the Faculty Hospital, Charles University in Prague. Currently she is working for GlaxoSmithKline Pharma in Czech Republic. She has trekked and climbed several peaks in Czech Republic, Slovakia (Gerlachovsky stit 2 655 m, Vysoka 2 498 m), Italy, Austria (e.g. Grossvenediger 3 666 m), Slovenia, Switzerland (e.g. Monch 4 100 m), France including Corsica and Reunion (e.g. Piton des Neiges 3 069 m), Nepal (trekking and crossing several cols above 6 000 m from Makalu BC to Island Pk, Annapurna Sanctuary and Tharpu Chuli "Tent Peak"), Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro 5 895 m), Pakistan (Biafo and Gondogoro Gl, Biafo Gl and Hispar Gl and Workman Pk 5 895 m, Spantik 7 030 m), China and Tibet (expedition to Mustagh Ata 7 565 m, attempt on Cho Oyu in 2007) In the past 4 years she has joined Field Touring Alpine expeditions as expedition doctor (Snowlake, Spantik, Cho Oyu, and Tharpu Chuli) and we are very happy to have her aboard once again. This will be her third trip with Chris!
Italo Mazza (Italia) Member
Expeditions include Muztagh Ata, Aconcagua ( Polish route), Cerro Mercedario, Illimani, Chimborazo, Huascaran, Kilimangiaro; Mount Cook and countless european mountains. Most recently Italo summited Spantik in 2007 with FTA, Cho Oyu in 2008 with FTA and attempted Baruntse in pre-monsoon of 2009.
Tom Jolly (USA), Member
Arun Chowdhury (India), Trekking Guide
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