On May 23, 2008, Ian Taylor became the youngest Irishman to stand on the top of the world. In June 2007 Ian and his friend set out to climb four mountains on four continents in one year with Mount Everest being the final climb. Before June 2007, he had only climbed one mountain over 5,000m. Ian also took on a charity element, raising €70,000 to build the Mt. Everest Primary School in Uganda. Link: http://iantaylortrekking.com/trek-africa/mt-everest-primary-school-visit-uganda/ From + 40c to – 40c Ian braved his own fears, demons and the mountains. He saved a fellow climbers life and four months after being told he wasn’t the right material for Everest by two professionals, he successfully made it to the summit of Mount Everest. This was a true story of teamwork, drive and ultimately success.
Based in the US and Ireland, Ian has years leading treks and climbs around the world. He coaches people looking to climb Everest. Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 21 times, Island peak 8 times, Mt. Blanc 7 times, 6 of the 7 summits and lead 17 treks to Everest base camp. If you would like to speak with Ian and join one of his many adventures you can get on his website www.iantaylortrekking.com.
Adam Paskowitz has been on the road his entire life. He stands as one of the foremost practical experts on autonomous living. He and his family have extended the Paskowitz reach from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Northern Pacific Ocean to Auckland Island and the outskirts of Antarctica all by boat. Passagemaker Magazine called him “the most prepared sailor”. Captain Adam Paskowitz is the multi-tool of today’s generational explorer- a licensed USCG captain, a singer/songwriter, licensed electrical engineer, former professional surfer, skilled free-diver, spear-fisherman and an all around adventure-explorer and dad. His family’s mission is to hunt down nets and plastic debris polluting the ocean through their nonprofit, Paskowitz Foundation.
Whether in search of the “Spirit” bear in the Southern Bentinck or catching the perfect wave on a deserted island in the South Pacific, he and his family are always switched “on”.
When he’s not on the water with friends or racing in SUP competitions, you’ll find Corey with his wife and family. Corey loves and seeks to live 1/3 of his life doing what he loves. Whether he’s paddling, surfing, fishing, swimming, or meditating, he just wants to be out there, on or in the water. Corey has a saying in his family..."Forever Grateful, Forever Forward!"
Warrior Expeditions is a veteran nonprofit outdoor therapy program that helps veterans transition from their wartime experiences through long distance outdoor expeditions.
Since 2001, over 2.5 million veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many of them have never transitioned from their experiences. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that over 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In 2012, after returning home from combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine Corps veteran Sean Gobin hiked all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking, Sean founded Warrior Expeditions.
The Spartan Mission: RIP 100 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THE COUCH
Spartan is more than a race; it’s a way of life. We believe that you can’t have a strong body without a strong mind, that you can’t grow without pressure, that obstacles help shift our frame of reference and make us more resilient. We believe that signing up for a race holds us accountable and keeps us motivated to train harder and eat healthier. With more than 200 events in over 30 countries, there’s no excuse not to take the first step.