Jackson Hole: 6400 feet (1900 meters)
San Francisco: 13 feet (4 meters)
Date: September 3, 2002
"Climb Sepu is about seven mountain voyagers and our experiences on a remote and unclimbed Tibetan summit. The Sepu Kangri expedition is not just about climbing and skiing. Sepu is crucial to who we are. Each of us is devoted to the notion that human beings travel through, interact with, are affected by, and are shaped by the world outside. Each of us feels truly alive through our interaction with the alpine world and unquenchable thirst for steep terrain, clear air, crisp snow and the lonely sound of wind."
- Mark Newcomb, Expedition Leader
The seven members of the Sepu Kangri team represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Veterans, Mark Newcomb and Carlos Buhler, share decades of mountain experience.
Self effacing mountain guide Newcomb, a legend in extreme ski circles, has climbed the world over - including climbs on 8000 meter Himalayan giants, Shishipangma and Hidden Peak. The energetic Buhler, retains perhaps the most enviable resume of mountain summits of any American mountaineer - including Everest, K2, and extreme technical routes on peaks like Changabang.
The balance of the team brings a wide range of experiences and talents to the expedition. All are mountain athletes, two of whom - Ace Kvale and Jordan Campbell - have previous Himalayan climbing experience. None have experienced Tibet.