Daniel Mazur

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Dan Mazur is a mountain climber, expedition leader and tour organizer who specializes in the Himalayan region. He is also the founder and director of the Mountain Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, which runs projects designed to improve health care, education, cultural preservation, and natural conservation on behalf of mountain communities and ecosystems.. Dan's recent successful expeditions include Everest Nepal 2018, Everest Tibet 2018, and K2 2018. Not only has Dan climbed 8 of our world's 8000 metre / 26,000 foot high peaks, but he has also been involved in rescues of fellow climbers from high altitudes. For his services to mountaineering, to mountain peoples and environments, Mazur received the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal on December 11, 2018 (International Mountain Day), in Pokhara, Nepal.

Dan Mazur has been involved in mountain rescues: During the 2018 Broad Peak Expedition, Dan and his team rescued Rick Allen, a British climber who disappeared at night near the summit and whose team mates reported him dead and descended with Rick's satellite phone. Dan and team found Rick Allen alive and brought him down to base camp 3 days later www.KarakoramNews.com . Dan is known for the rescue of Lincoln Hall, an Australian climber on Mount Everest. Hall had been 'left for dead' by another expedition team the previous day at around 8600 meters on Everest after collapsing and failing to respond to treatment on the descent from the summit. Mazur and his fellow climbers - Andrew Brash (Canada), Myles Osborne (UK) and Jangbu Sherpa (Nepal) - in abandoning their own attempt on the summit in order to save Hall's life, epitomized the noblest traditions of mountaineering, underscored by the death of British climber; David Sharp, who had been abandoned by his team a few days earlier www.LincolnHallTribute.org . A 1 hour NBC television documentary tells the story. On K2, Dan Mazur and his team worked together to rescue Gary Ball from 8300 metres. Gary was struck down by a pulmonary embolism. The rescue took several days, descending technical ground, and rescuers included Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Ed Viesturs, Neal Beidleman and Jon Pratt https://www.explorersweb.com/everest_k2/news.php?id=3300 .

Photo Copyright Dan Mazur : Thanks to donors of lightly used climbing equipment, outdoor clothing and good boots, aspiring Sherpas can learn mountaineering and trekking skills together with our teams of foreign climbers: men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world.

Dan Mazur has been working in communities and environments in the Nepal Himalayan region with Jangbu Sherpa and the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. Ongoing involvement with Garry Porter and Engineers Without Borders to build a waste treatment plant at Everest Basecamp, the Mount Everest Biogas Project, which during 2018 is featured on CNN and, thanks to Tana Rill, in 2018 was awarded the UIAA Mountain Protection Award . Dan researches Everest biogas together with Dr. Bed Mani Dahal of Kathmandu University and Dr. Mike Marsolek of Seattle University and their current project to study methane production from Everest base camp human waste begins on 22 August, 2018 www.CleaningUpMountEverest.org . Together with Mingma Sherpa, Marcia Macdonald, and the www.DebocheProject.org , Dan is rebuilding the Everest Region's oldest convent, destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. With the aid of Architects Without Borders and Laura Rose, the project will complete in 2018. Dan is also involved on a daily basis with www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org , which brings donated climbing gear to aspiring Sherpas, and thanks to Glenn and Camille Nyberg, coming to Nepal in December 2018, rebuilding the Patale Health Post and Primary School, which were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake and serve 400 Sherpa families in remote Nepal . Each year Dan leads and organizes groups of volunteers to visit, bring supplies, medicines, health care and education to www.RemoteNepalServiceTrek.org

Dan Mazur presents his award winning slide video show live during 4-15 February 2018. Venues are needed. Please contact Dan if you know of anyone who would like to host an exciting mountain climbing and exploration program in aid of the Mount Everest Foundation: www.MountainTalks.org

Dan Mazur gives back to the mountaineering community each year by offering free of cost, no charge glacier schools. Mazur has offered these free schools for 10 years, in order to welcome new participants into the sport of mountaineering. The next free glacier school takes place 22-29 September 2018, followed by 1-7 January 2019 www.CascadeGlacierSchool.org .

Daniel Lee Mazur
BornOctober 15 1960
ResidenceBristol, England
Olympia, Washington
NationalityAmerican - British
EducationPhD, Brandeis University, Heller School
University of the West of England, Bristol
BSW University of Montana
Certified Diesel Mechanic, Missoula Vocational Technical College
OccupationMountain Climber
Known forMountain Climbing
Rick Allen Rescue 2018
Lincoln Hall rescue in 2006
Parent(s)Mary (mother)
Robert (father)
RelativesAmy (sister)
Steven (brother)


Daniel Lee Mazur was born on 15 October 1960 in Illinois. His family came from Złotów, Poland, and Bristol, England, where his ancestor Humphrey Hooke was a Merchant Venturer and Alderman during the 16th century. As a boy he spent his summers exploring the wilderness waterways of Canada by canoe with a YMCA group. Each summer the family would load the Ford station wagon with the kids and the dog and visit the national parks for a two-week camping trip. He was an active Boy Scout for many years and was taught to ski by his father Robert. At age 12 his mother Mary started bringing Chinese students home to live in the house, so he learned his first words of Chinese around the dinner table and while doing chores. He first tasted the high peaks at age 17, while a student at the University of Montana, climbing Gunsight Peak and the Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park.

When he is not climbing Everest and Himalayan Peaks, or traveling the world giving slideshows to raise money for charities such as Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development of Nepal and Tibet, or the Mountain Fund, he lives in Bristol, England, and Olympia, Washington. He is a member of the Alpine Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the American Alpine Club, a fellow of the Explorers Club, Pacific Northwest Chapter, a member of the British Mountaineering Council, the AMGA, Mountain Leader Training Board, Certified Guide Federation, Access Fund, member of the Mountaineers Club, holds a certification in Diesel Mechanics, a PhD in Social Policy Analysis from the Heller School at Brandeis University, read for the PhD at the University of the West of England in Bristol, and holds a BSW from the University of Montana.

Having reached the summit of Mount Everest on an expedition together with Anatoli Boukreev in 1991, Mazur was involved in an early rescue (non-rescue) of Georgian climber Roman Giutashvili from just below the summit of Everest, described in: "Of Friends and Romans" http://www.everestnews.com/dm.htm . Dan has subsequently climbed seven more of the world's 8,000-meter peaks and led expeditions more than 15 times to the world's highest, including Everest 12 times (x), K2 3x, Lhotse 3x, Makalu, Kangchenjunga 2x, Cho Oyu 5x, Manaslu 2x, Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2 and Broad Peak, Dhaulaghirii, and Shishapangma 2x. His current employer, www.SummitClimb.com, are now in their sixteenth year of organizing expeditions to Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, Pakistan, Central Asia, South and North America.

Dan has lived in England, Asia, and North America, but spends more and more of his time lecturing and raising funds for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet, or the Mountain Fund, building hospitals, schools, and environmental projects with the low-income families who live around Mt. Everest, in both Nepal and Tibet. He leads "www.ServiceTrek.org" for the MEFSD. In 1993, Climbing magazine named Dan the "most successful to ever launch an expedition". As an articulate but humble Himalayan explorer and scholar, he has been active in climbing the highest peaks of the Himalaya for many years. His personal link with the region and its peoples began in 1986 when he traveled, trekked, and climbed throughout Tibet and Nepal with friends. Since then, he has been personally leading and organizing successful overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for 18 years.

In a May 2003 article written by John Climaco, Climbing magazine said: "How has Dan Mazur become one of the most successful Himalayan mountaineers?" When you meet him in person, Dan comes across as humble and unassuming. But take him to a high mountain, and Dan becomes the true and naturally gifted mountaineer that he is. His style has won him plaudits from the professional mountaineering fraternity, and it wins high praise from all who are privileged enough to climb with him on his expeditions."

Dan's written, photographic, cinematic, audio, and cyber works are featured in The Times, The New York Times, The Bristol Evening Post, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, Associated Press, Reuters, BBC Television, NBC Television, The Discovery Channel, The Seattle Times, The Olympian, The Independent, The Guardian, People, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, National Geographic Adventure, London Alpine Journal, American Alpine Journal, Ito-Yuki Journal of the Japanese Alpine Club, Himalayan Journal, High Magazine, Climb Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Climber Magazine, On the Edge, Outside, Rock and Ice, Vertical, Explore Magazine, EverestNews website, Mountainzone website, BBC Radio and National Public Radio.

Climbing record[edit]

Year Details
2017 Winter Glacier School Leader, Everest Nepal Training Climb Leader, Everest Nepal Summit Climb Leader, Lhotse leader
2016 Winter Glacier School Leader, Everest Nepal Training Climb Leader, Everest Nepal Summit Climb Leader, Lhotse leader, Summer Glacier School leader. Cho Oyu Leader & Baruntse Leader
2015 Winter Glacier School Leader, Everest Nepal Training Climb Leader, Everest Nepal Summit Climb Leader, no summit due to earthquake. Summer Glacier School leader. & Baruntse Leader
2014 Winter Glacier School Leader, Everest Nepal Training Climb Leader, Everest Nepal Summit Climb Leader, no summit due to avalanche. Summer Glacier School leader. Cho Oyu Leader & Ama Dablam Leader
2013 Winter Glacier School Leader, Everest Nepal Training Climb Leader, Everest Nepal Summit Climb Leader, 7 members summit. Mustagata Leader, Summer Glacier School leader. Cho Oyu Leader & Ama Dablam Leader
2012 Everest, Tibet, leader, all members and sherpas using oxygen summit, Everest Tibet Training climb, 2 members reach the North Col, Everest Advanced Basecamp trek, 6 members reach ABC, Dhaulagiri, Leader, 12 members make a summit attempt, Baruntse Expedition, 9 members and 8 sherpas summit, Mera Peak Expedition, 22 members and 12 sherpas summit, Remote Nepal Service Trek, the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development builds a new wing on the Charmading High School.
2011 Everest, Nepal, leader, full team summit
2010 Everest, North Col expedition, leader; Baruntse, leader, summit; Mera Peak, leader, summit; Service Trek, leader
2009 Cho Oyu, leader, summit; Baruntse, leader, summit; Shishapangma, leader, north summit; Everest View Glacier School, leader, summit of Lobuche East; Service Trek, leader[1]
2008 Cho Oyu, leader, summit; Service Trek, leader[2]
2007 Lhotse, leader;[3] Ama Dablam, leader, summit; Service Trek, leader
2006 Everest summit attempt (aborted and assisted Lincoln Hall at 28,000 ft); Mera Peak, leader, summit; Ama Dablam, leader; Service Trek, leader
Prior to 2006 Aconcagua summit,

Ama Dablam, 6 times leader & 5 times summit; Cho Oyu, leader & summit, Everest, three times leader;(Once with Roman Giutashvili and AnatoliBoukreev) Gasherbrum II (China), leader, Hidden Peak leader & summit, K2 Leader (Abruzzi ridge with Ed Viesters, Scott Fischer, Rob Hall & Gary Ball) K2 (West Ridge) leader & summit; Greg Mortenson's 1993 "Three Cups of Tea" expedition, Kangchenjunga leader, Korjenevskaya, Pamirs summit Lao Ding Shan (China), leader &summit (climbing with Greg Child, Kurt Diemberger, Andrew Brash, John Climaco and Chris Breemer) Lhotse, leader, (when Scott Fischer and Rob Hall died) summit; Madame Butterfly, Mount McKinley Summit, Mount Steele, Yukon Summit, Makalu leader & summit, Manaslu, leader; Mustagata, four times leader; two times summit (including once on a new East RIdge route) Nyinqin Kansa (Tibet), leader twice plus First Western Ascent Nyinqin Tangula (Tibet), First Western Ascent, leader; North Face Kangchenjunga, leader, Pumori, three times leader and twice summit, Service Trek, leader Shaksgam (China), leader, Shishapangma (Tibet), leader, central summit; Tokoruk (China) leader & summit;

Lincoln Hall rescue[edit]

At 7:30 am on May 26, 2006, Dan Mazur's team of ascending climbers, eight hours into their planned ascent to the summit up the North Ridge of Mount Everest, encountered a stricken climber at an altitude of approximately 28,000 feet. Mr. Mazur's group consisted of Andrew Brash, Myles Osborne and Jangbu Sherpa. The team was feeling strong and healthy. They were two hours below the summit. There was no wind and no clouds. Conditions seemed perfect for climbing to the summit. When rounding a corner on the trail to the summit the team found a fallen Australian climber named Lincoln Hall. He was sitting on the trail with his jacket around his waist with no hat and no gloves, mumbling deliriously.

The group found he was suffering from symptoms of cerebral oedema, frostbite and dehydration, generally incoherent in his responses to offers of help. He was alone and hallucinating; without any of the proper equipment for survival in such conditions. Apparently Mr. Hall had collapsed the previous day on his way down from the summit.

The North Ridge is an inhospitable place. Besides being at 28,000 feet, it is located along a severe ridge line, dropping off 10,000 feet to one side and 7,000 feet to the other. Oxygen and proper equipment are virtually essential.

The rescuers replaced the hat, jacket and gloves Mr. Hall had discarded, anchored him to the mountain, and gave him their own oxygen, food and water. They radioed Hall's team, who had given him up for dead, and convinced them he was still alive and must be saved. (Mr. Hall's team leader had called his wife the night before to tell her that Hall was dead) The rescuers arranged for Sherpas from Mr. Hall's team to ascend and help with the rescue. For four hours, Mazur's team stayed to care for Mr. Hall. The rescuers gave up their summit to save Mr. Hall. Phil Crampton coordinated the rescue from the high camp at 26,000 feet, and Kipa Sherpa was the liaison to Lincoln Hall's team at advance base camp at 21,000 feet.

Extended stays at extreme altitude are risky even when planned in advance and when climbers have all the supplies they need. By using their own survival supplies to sustain Hall, they risked not having sufficient oxygen and food to support themselves on the way down, and going to the summit after so many hours spent helping Hall was out of the question. Staying there to care for Hall, they took a risk the weather would turn for the worse and inhibit their descent.


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  1. ^ "SummitClimb.com Schedule of Expeditions: 2009". Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "Mt Cho Oyu 2008: SummitClimb Cho Oyu Summits". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  3. ^ "Mt Everest 2007: SummitClimb Nepal Everest / Lhotse: Summits on Lhotse". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2007.

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