Daniel Mazur

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Daniel Lee Mazur
Born15 October 1960
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

Dan Mazur is a climber, trekker and expedition leader who has ascended nine of the world's highest summits, including Mount Everest and K2. In addition he is known for several high altitude mountain rescues: the 1991 rescue of Roman Giutashvili from Mount Everest, the rescue of Gary Ball from K2 in 1992, the rescue in 2006 of Australian climber Lincoln Hall from Mount Everest, and the rescue of British mountaineer Rick Allen from Broad Peak. In 2018, Daniel Mazur was awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal "for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions."[1]

Working with mountain families and environment, he is one of the founders of the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, improving health care, education, environmental and cultural preservation in communities and environments of the Nepal Himalayan region. Collaborating with Engineers Without Borders and Architects Without Borders the efforts include building a waste treatment plant at Everest Basecamp, the Mount Everest Biogas Project, and rebuilding the Everest Region's oldest convent which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.


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.

Mazur's recent successful expeditions include Mount Everest, K2, Gasherbrum, Ama Dablam and Baruntse.[2] Not only has Mazur climbed 9 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 United Nations Mountain Day, presented by Dr. Seth Sicroff of Mountain Legacy and Nepal Mountaineering Association President Dr. Santa Bir Lama in Pokhara, Nepal.

Mazur 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 employer, SummitClimb are now in their sixteenth year of organizing expeditions to Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, Pakistan, Central Asia, South and North America.

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.


Mazur 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 "ServiceTrek" for the MEFSD. In 1993, Climbing magazine named Mazur the "most successful to ever launch an expedition".[citation needed]

Mazur'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.[citation needed]

Roman Giutashvili rescue[edit]

Having reached the summit of Mount Everest on an expedition together with Anatoli Boukreev in 1991, Mazur was involved in an early rescue of Georgian climber Roman Giutashvili from just below the summit of Everest.[3]

Gary Ball rescue[edit]

In 1992 on K2, 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 [4]

Lincoln Hall rescue[edit]

At 7:30 am on May 26, 2006, Mazur and his fellow ascending climbers Andrew Brash (Canada), Myles Osborne (UK) and Jangbu Sherpa (Nepal) were eight hours into their planned ascent to the summit up the North Ridge of Mount Everest, located along a severe ridge line, dropping off 10,000 feet to one side and 7,000 feet to the other. Two hours below the summit, conditions seemed perfect. There was no wind and no clouds and they were feeling strong and healthy.

When rounding a corner on the trail to the summit the team encountered Lincoln Hall, an Australian climber at an altitude of approximately 28,000 feet. Hall had been 'left for dead' by his own expedition team on the descent from the summit the previous day at around 8600 meters on Everest after collapsing, failing to respond to prolonged treatment and being unable to walk. He was now sitting alone on the trail with his jacket around his waist, no hat and no gloves, and without any of the proper equipment for survival in such conditions. The group found he was suffering from symptoms of cerebral oedema, frostbite and dehydration as he was hallucinating, mumbling deliriously and appeared generally incoherent in his responses to offers of help.

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 already 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. 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, 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 they might even not have sufficient oxygen and food to support themselves on the way down. In abandoning their own attempt on the summit in order to save Hall's life, epitomized the noblest traditions of mountaineering. Mazur said of his team abandoning their summit attempt, "The summit is still there and we can go back. Lincoln only has one life."[5]

Several print [6] as well as television documentaries [7] [8] tell the story in detail. Their actions were underscored by the death of British climber David Sharp a few days earlier, who had been abandoned by his team and other mountaineers who passed by him on their way to the summit.

Rick Allen Rescue[edit]

During the 2018 Broad Peak Expedition, Mazur 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. Mazur and team found Rick Allen alive and brought him down to base camp 3 days later.[9]

Community and environmental engagement[edit]

Each year Mazur leads and organizes groups of volunteers to visit, bring supplies, medicines, health care and education to the himalayas.[10]

Lecturing and teaching[edit]

Mazur presents his slide video show live and in aid of the Mount Everest Foundation [11] [12]

Climbing record[edit]

Year Details
2019 Glacier School Leader, Broad Peak Leader (all team summit), K2 Trek Leader, Baruntse Leader (all team summit). Mera Peak Leader (all team summit).
2018 Glacier School Leader, K2 SummitClimb Leader (all team summit), K2 Trek Leader, Broad Peak Leader.
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[13]
2008 Cho Oyu, leader, summit; Service Trek, leader[14]
2007 Lhotse, leader;[15] 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;

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dan Mazur tapped for tenth Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal". Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. Mountain Legacy. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route".
  3. ^ "Of Friends and Romans".
  4. ^ "Tales from the grave: Rescues at Altitude". Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Hibbert, Ian (2015-11-17). Alpamayo to Everest: It's Not About the Summit. Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 9781483440736.
  6. ^ "Lincoln Hall Australia Everest Climber Has Passed Away - Tribute to his climbing and mountaineering career".
  7. ^ "Rescue on Everest of Lincon Hall, video by NBC". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  8. ^ "Mount Everest Rescue - I Shouldn_t Be Alive". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Karakoram Trekking and Climbing News".
  10. ^ "www.RemoteNepalServiceTrek.org".
  11. ^ "host-a-fundraising".
  12. ^ "Mountain Talks".
  13. ^ "SummitClimb.com Schedule of Expeditions: 2009". Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  14. ^ "Mt Cho Oyu 2008: SummitClimb Cho Oyu Summits". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  15. ^ "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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