Andrew Lapkass is an all around
endurance athlete. He enjoys ultra-distance running, adventure racing, alpine
and telemark skiing, climbing, free diving, swimming and of course,
mountaineering. Andy has been to the top of Everest twice. He began climbing in
the Himalaya Mountains in 1984 and has since participated in over 27 expeditions
in Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal. Other summits include Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Ama
Dablam and Pumori.
Andrew has over 15 years
experience as a Mountain Guide, he also makes his living working winters at
Breckenridge as part of Ski Patrol and as a Carpenter. One factor that makes
Andrew such a valuable team member while on an expedition is that he is also a
Physician’s Assistant. This allows him to provide medical training to the team
while on the mountain.
As a guide Andrew has shown
extreme loyalty to his clients. On the descent from his third Everest summit
on a Russell Brice's commercial expedition, Andrew spent the night near the bottom of the 3rd step with
Russ' client, helping
him through the harsh night. By morning both men were suffering from vision
problems caused by cerebral edema, frostbite and were not able to move. Both men
were evacuated with the help and support of several climbers.
As the client put it so well, "ALL
PEOPLE DOWN IN BASE CAMP SAID THAT I WAS SO LUCKY, BUT THIS EXPERIENCE WAS NO
MATTER OF LUCK IS GOD'S SUBJECT. AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR BIVOUAC I ASKED GOD TO
PROTECT US, I ASKED FOR ANDY AND MYSELF ALL THE TIME. BESIDES OF THAT I ASKED
GOD TO MAKE HIS WISH ON ME, IT WAS THE WAY TO ACCEPT GOD'S WILL. HE WANTS TO
KEEP ME ALIVE IN THIS WORLD LONGER, NOW I AM WORKING TO FIND OUT WHAT HE WANTS
FROM ME. GOD GAVE US THAT NIGHT A VERY SPECIAL WEATHER CONDITIONS TO KEEP US
Just the facts: Andy summited Everest
5/19/1990, Lhotse 5/27/1998, Cho Oyu 9/26/1998, Everest 5/5/1999, Everest
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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