Our advisory board is closely aligned with our Himalayan Associates and Partners, who are the real heroes of this program.
Our Associates/Partners efficiently and cost-effectively manage and implement the crucial distribution and installation process, and give instruction and education to our end-users so that they and their families and the environment get the greatest benefit from the stoves.
Several Advisory Board members (noted below) are directly affiliated with (and manage, in some instances) our Himalayan Associates and Partners.
Many of our dedicated Advisory Board members are among the most accomplished Himalayan Mountaineers of all time.
They possess additional skills and experience which they bring to the Himalayan Stove project – High Altitude Medicine, working with Non-Profit organizations in Nepal (and in the UK and the USA) and just a huge amount of hands-on experience and “common sense”.
They are all immensely valuable members of our team, contributing from their diverse and extensive experience, and we are honored to be guided by their wisdom and experience and grateful for their selfless service.
Chris Bonington: Sir Christian John Storey “Chris” Bonington CVO, CBE, DL, is one of Britain’s most famous mountaineers.…. his career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mt. Everest, and he led (among others) the expedition that made the First Ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970. He is still active in the mountains, climbing with the same enthusiasm as he had at the beginning.
In 1985 he achieved a lifetime ambition reaching the summit of Everest. He knows the Sherpas very well, and has huge admiration for this hardy and generous mountain people.
“Sir” Chris is also patron and current (or former) president of numerous UK Charitable organizations, focused on the Himalayans – notably The Himalayan Trust (UK), founded by Sir Edmund (“Ed”) Hillary – he became patron, following Lord Hunt (who was the leader of the 1953 Everest Expedition).
Chris assumed the presidency of the Himalayan Trust after Ed Hillary’s death.
The Himalayan Trust is one of our valued Himalayan Associates/Partners.
Tom Hornbein, MD
Tom Hornbein, MD:“A well-known American Mountaineer”In 1963 Tom and Willi Unsoeld made the first ascent of Everest’s West Ridge; traversed the mountain (another first), ran out of oxygen, spent a night in the open at 28,000 feet – legendary!
Jon Krakauer writes in Into Thin Air : “Hornbein’s and Unsoeld’s ascent was, and continues to be – deservedly – hailed as one of the great feats in the annals of mountaineering”.
Tom wrote in “Everest: The West Ridge”: “The night was overwhelming empty. The black silhouette of Lhotse was lurking there, half to see, half to assume, and below us. In general there was nothing – simply nothing. We hung in a timeless gap, pained by an intensive cold air – and had the idea not to be able to do anything but to shiver and to wait for the sun arising”.
Tom was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he studied human physiological limits and performance at high altitude – his life was (is) a link of medicine and mountaineering.
Tom and Kathy moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 2006, and at 80 Tom is still incredibly active – he climbed Long’s Peak (visible out the front window of his home) in August 2010.
Words are inadequate to express our thanks for Tom’s support of, and active involvement, in our Project.
Doug Scott:Douglas Keith Scott CBE is an English mountaineer noted for the first ascent of the southwest face of Mount Everest on 24 September 1975, on an expedition led by Chris Bonington. Scott and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to climb Everest (Ed Hillary was a Kiwi).
Doug has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia. He has reached the summit of 40 peaks, of which half were climbed by either new routes or for the first time in Alpine Style. Apart from his climb up Everest, he has made all his climbs in lightweight or Alpine Style, without the use of supplemental oxygen. He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – “the seven summits.” He is a past President of the Alpine Club. He was made a CBE in 1994. In 1999 he received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal, and in 2011 received the Piolet d’Or (Golden Ice Axe), one of mountaineering’s highest honours; a special award for his Lifetime Achievement to mountaineering – his personal style and climbs were described as “visionary”
During Scott’s climbing career, his understanding of the culture and the people in the regions where he climbed grew as he formed strong bonds and relationships.
He founded the charity Community Action Nepal (CAN) which helps to bring long term benefits to the resourceful and proud Nepalese mountain people. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education and cultural development.
CAN is one of our valued Himalayan Associates / Partners.
Erik Weihenmayer:Erik Weihenmayer is a celebrated and accomplished athlete, despite losing his vision at the age of 13.
Redefining what it means to be blind, Erik has transformed the image of blindness and opened up the minds of people around the world.
He has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life.
First (and only) blind person to summit Everest (on May 25, 2001), Erik has also climbed all 7 continental summits, and pursues an amazing pantheon of athletic and adventure activities; most recently (August 2011) finishing 2nd, with Jeff Evans and Aaron “Ike” Isaacson in ABC’s Expedition Impossible – a blind guy beating out all but one of 12 other teams in an incredibly physically demanding adventure race across Morocco.
In addition to being a world-class athlete, Erik is also the author of the book Touch the Top of the World, published in ten countries and six languages. According to Publisher’s Weekly, Erik’s memoir is “moving and adventure packed, Weihenmayer tells his extraordinary story with humor, honesty and vivid detail, and his fortitude and enthusiasm are deeply inspiring”.
Erik is passionate about the charity “No Barriers, USA” (on which he serves as Board Chair), demonstrating through his own continuing achievements that disabilities do not disable people.
No Barriers empowers people to push past their own real and perceived barriers, achieve a pioneering mindset and better understand their own potential, despite living their lives with physical challenges or living with hidden or self-imposed challenges.
No Barriers is a powerful community of modern day pioneers who use the experience of nature to promote innovation, education and assistive technologies that create transformative life experiences and inspire people with challenges to live full and active lives.
Jeff Evans:Mountaineer, Guide, Expedition Leader, Motivational Speaker and Humanitarian, Jeff has “adventured” all over the world with Erik Weihenmayer since 1996; owns / runs Mountain Vision Expeditions; is also a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant, and a Motivational Speaker.
He has established himself as one of the country’s most respected mountaineering guides and has now become one of the most sought after adventure based motivational speakers as well
Jeff has a unique perspective on the topics of Leadership, Teamwork and Commitment, because he has lived them.
In 1994 Jeff became the primary guide for then unknown blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on mountains, rock faces and adventure races all over the world. Jeff worked with Erik on creating a climbing vision, establishing an acceptable definition of success and refining effective methods of communication, all innovative and challenging.
Jeff is a proud member of New York City’s prestigious Explorers Club; a published author and appears as one of the main characters in two different award-winning mountaineering documentaries, Farther than the Eye Can See and Blindsight, and the soon to be released Soldiers To The Summit.
Jeff Evans captivates audiences worldwide with the lessons he has learned from the trail. Based on his own experiences as a mountain guide Jeff draws upon the hidden metaphors from the world of adventure – Leadership, Commitment, Teamwork, and Vision – to bring them to life in the world of business and everyday achievement.
Mountain Vision conducts expeditions all over the world, and weaves a humanitarian component into each one; providing assistance and support for the local populations.
Immediate Past Chairman, Nepal Youth Foundation, Yale practiced law in San Francisco and is now retired from active law practice, though hardly “retired”.He is a graduate of Stanford University (1963) and UCLA Law School (1966).In 1967 and 1968 he taught high school in Kenya with the U.S. Peace Corps.
He has taught for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and other professional organizations, and served as Chairman of the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.
Yale and his wife Barbara have visited Nepal, and trekked in the Mustang region numerous times.
They live in Taos, New Mexico, where they are actively involved in local non-profit and volunteer activities. Yale is a past president of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club, and continues active involvement in local, regional, national and international Rotary affairs.
Sally L. Berg
Sally L. Berg:Executive Director, The Pangaea Project, Portland, Oregon
Sally’s explored six continents climbing, trekking, guiding and volunteering. She has summited Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua (2005), Kilimanjaro with clients (nine times), led treks in Nepal, Tibet, and Mustang and volunteered in Ladakh at a children’s dental clinic. She is one of two female guides featured in the award-winning film Blindsight.
Sally was Executive Director for the Kilimanjaro Climb for the Cure in 2000 – where her team raised $125,000 for the Denver Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In 2001, she opened her own international travel business arranging complex logistics to remote corners of the world, with an Himalayan emphasis, for an impressive clientele often doing extraordinary philanthropic work. Clients include National Geographic, the Himalayan Cataract Project, the DZI Foundation, Telluride Mountainfilm and Serac Adventure Films.
She is currently the Executive Director of The Pangaea Project, an internationally-focused youth development program based in Portland, Oregon.
Sally earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado, studied in the Technology Management graduate program at Denver University and has been a certified EMT and WEMT.
We are thrilled that she is bringing her broad and diversified set of skills and experiences to The Himalayan Stove Project.
Our Himalayan Partners
Local organizations carry out the important job of distributing the stoves to families in Nepal.
- Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation
In the Mustang region of Nepal, we are working with the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation, the family foundation of the Raja of Mustang.
- The Himalayan Trust
In the Mt Everest region, we are partnering with The Himalayan Trust (UK) which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the early 1960s and has built countless schools and hospitals in that region to help the Sherpas.
- Community Action Nepal — (CAN) is a UK based charity whose aim is to help the mountain people of Nepal. Founded by Doug Scott CBE, one of Great Britain’s most accomplished mountaineers, with an illustrious resume of first ascents. In 1975 Doug made the first British ascent of Everest, with Dougal Haston, on an expedition led by Chris Bonington.CAN is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe. CAN’s Kathmandu office and Nepali staff make their projects happen on the ground, and they have been, and continue to be, a strong and dedicated implementing partner for the Himalayan Stove Project.
- The Mountain Institute
The Mountain Institute empowers communities in the world’s great mountain systems through education, conservation, and sustainable development. TMI has been supporting the environment, economy and culture of mountain populations in the Himalayas since the 1980s and has 9 programs throughout the trans-Himalayan region
- Off The Wall Trekking – A highly accomplished trekking agency (they describe themselves as ” small friendly trekking company who offer our personal, rich and extensive experience and understanding of the Himalayan way of life and environment” They have close and long-standing ties to Nepal – Ian Wall is from the UK but has worked in Nepal for 10 years. He has over 40 years of experience working in the mountains including leading groups in Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, Ladakh, Tibet and Nepal. He has lived and worked in Nepal since 2005 and married Sarita, his wife, in 2008. Sarita is a nurse (as well as an accomplished trekker and a “master” in providing logistical and administrative support). She and Ian are active, committed, participants in the Himalayan Stove Project – they originated the micro-finance program (funded by contributions to their community by stove recipients) in the village of Megere, which has become a prototype for a brilliant way to use the stove program to energize communities to greater independence and self-sufficiency.
- The Gorkha Foundation is a grassroots organization working to improve living conditions and strengthen the economy in poor and marginalized communities in the Gorkha region of Nepal; the traditional home of the Ghurka soldiers who have distinguished themselves in many global theatres since the early 1800’s.