Mountaineering is serious business and planning and preparation are our key to a successful and safe expedition. The technical advisory team offers many years of experience in some of the most demanding environments. From medicine to high peaks the team helps guide me to the right decisions.
Mindy Prewitt, M.D.
Mindy Prewitt, M.D. Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine
Mindy received a bachelor's degree in biology from Mississippi College in Clinton and completed her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as well as her infectious disease fellowship. Dr. Prewitt is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Society of America, American Medical Association and Mississippi State Medical Association.
Joel Gratz Climb7 Team Meteorolgist
Joel turned his childhood obsession with snow and weather into a career focused on recreational weather forecasting. Joel received a degree in Meteorology with highest distinction from Penn State in 2003 and Masters in Environmental Studies and Business from the University of Colorado in 2006.
After a few years weather forecasting for a hurricane insurance company, Joel jumped ship to focus fulltime on his hobby-turned-business, the www.ColoradoPowderForecast.com. While winter is spent forecasting big powder days, summer is the time for forecasting afternoon lightning storms to help bikers and hikers stay safe. When his eyes arenít locked on a computer screen with weather data, Joel loves to ski (resort & backcountry), bike (road & mountain), hike, and head east to chase the occasional tornado and severe lightning storm.
Charley Mace, Alpinist (Everest, K2, Gasherbrum II, Manaslu)
Charley lives in Colorado and has been climbing all of his life.He is one of Americas most respected and successful Himalayan mountaineers with ascents of four 8000 meter peaks; Everest, K2, Manaslu, and Gasherbrum II.He began guiding in 1993 and loves to share his passion for the mountains on trips all over the world while focusing on participant enjoyment and safety.
In 2001, Charley was hired as a guide and cameraman for The National Federation of the Blindís Everest Expedition which put the first blind man on the summit of Mt Everest.He loves sharing the challenges and rewards of Himalayan peaks but is just as pleased to introduce folks to the pleasures of warm sunny rock climbing in the lower 48.Charley has climbed on every continent; successfully guiding Everest, Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Vinson, Mt Elbrus, Thailand rock and Ouray ice. Charley is an avid rock and ice climber as well as a strong backcountry skier and trail runner. He has a B.A. in Geology, an MBA in Energy Finance, and is a Certified Wilderness First Responder.
Dan Busse, M.D.
Dan Busse, M.D. Emergency Medicine and Ultra Outdoor Athlete
Dan is an Emergency Physician in Louisville, Colorado with an active interest in Sports and Environmental Medicine.He has also served as a Flight Physician with UMASS Memorial's Life flight helicopter service.
He has multiple marathon and ultramarathon finishes including the Leadville Trail 100 (5 times), the Leadman Race Series, and was the winner of the 24 Hours of Boulder in 2006.
His cycling resume includes a four person relay team in the 2007 Race Across America, three Leadville Trail100 Mountain Bike Races, and the 24 Hours of Moab.
Gareth Richards Outdoor Educator and Industry Expert
Gareth, a Welshman, has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 20 years. He has taught and guided in many wild parts of the world including the French and Swiss Alps, the Pyrenees, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, South America, Asia and many corners of the US. Gareth directed Cornell University's Outdoor Education Dept, was a lecturer with Prescott College's Adventure Education Dept., a guide at The National Outdoor Leadership School, before venturing into the business world. Most recently he is the National Sales Manager for Ryders eyewear in the US, and is co-owner of OutdoorProlink.com an on-line ecommerce outdoor equipment website. Previously he has held positions with PlanetOutdoors.com, Circadence Corp., was the VP Marketing and Sales for Lowe Alpine in the US and also the VP Sales for Mountainsmith in the US.
Gareth has lived and worked full-time in the US since 1988. He is an accomplished kayaker, climber, mountaineer and telemark skier. He recently started his own company called OutdoorProlink.com which sells equipment to outdoor professionals.
Gareth has been to altitude many times, has climbed Denali in Alaska, Mount Everest, Nepal via the South Side, also high altitude peaks in Ecuador, and Mexico.