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Chris Andrews

Coach

Chris Andrews has spent the past 5 years coaching and training athletes for endurance events. from the military to expedition groups heading out to find unclimbed objectives all over the world. With a background in Exercise and Sports Sciences and currently concluding his Msc. in Applied Sport Sciences in the Outdoors, Chris is an expert and experienced coach. This coupled with his long lasting commitment to climbing, skiing, running and generally any expeditionary and mountain event makes him the ideal coach for your most remote objectives. He has been there himself and has learned many important lessons, using himself as a guinea pig when preparing for his own expeditions.

Having spent months in the Arctic, the Himalaya, the Alps, and the Middle East Chris is a very well rounded explorer himself and is able to tailor all your training around where you are going in the world. Whether it is -40°C in the Arctic, Antarctic or the Himalayas, or 50°C in a desert there are things you can do to prepare yourself for them.

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Mieke Acda

Sports Nutritionist

Mieke Acda is a dietitian with a degree in sports nutrition. Mieke currently works in the sports nutrition industry and is involved in several clinical trials relating to exercise response to protein. A member of the ISSN (International Society Sports Nutrition) and lecturer on several international sports nutrition conferences. Mieke is also the advisor to the Dutch National Climbing Team and part of the Medical Committee of the Dutch Climbing Association.

With the right nutrition it is possible to cut off seconds in a running competition, but the tougher the challenge is for your body, the more important nutrition becomes. To keep your body fueled for long exhaustive exercise is not only a matter of having the right nutrition in your backpack. It also involves behaviour, timing and training to be able to digest during exercise.

Nutrition should be a part of the training all the time to avoid issues such as fatigue, overtraining, digestion issues etc. When changes in body composition are desirable, such as weight gain, weight loss or increasing muscle mass, nutrition is the key to making this happen.

Mieke’s advantage as a nutritionist lies not only in her academic work but also in her understanding of mountaineering and ultra-endurance events as a participant.

Like many Dutch climbers, Mieke began climbing on the Belgium rocks, but then discovered the Alps, climbing many long rock and ice routes (Monch, Finsteraarhorn, Piz Palu, Piz Badile etc).

These adventures developed in to backcountry skiing and waterfall ice climbing, leading to further challenges with a cold character like crossing Hardangervidda in Norway and recently the Patagonian icecap in Argentina. In 2012, Mieke was part of a team that became the Dutch National Champions in Adventure Racing. Completed the Trans Alp in 2013 And in 2015 was a part of the Yukon River Quest winning team, finishing the 715 km in 68 hours from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada. Mieke is currently training for a Cross Triathlon in 2016.

“During my activities I faced several flaws that are described in the nutrition books, so I learned nutrition the hard way. I am happy to help.”

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Nikki Kolfschoten

Medical Doctor, Expedition Doctor

One year short of finishing her specialty training as an Emergency Physycian in the Netherlands, Nikki is an all-round experienced medical doctor. She has an International Diploma in Mountain Medicine, and Advanced Wilderness Life Support diploma, and has been the president of the Medical Committee of the Dutch Climbing Association for the last 6 years. She has taken part in two Himalayan expeditions in which she learned about altitude medicine and wilderness medicine in real life, and also experienced altitude sickness herself. These experiences have also given her acces to a large network of other specialists with experience in altitude and wilderness medicine. Nikki has been using this knowledge extensively in advising many expeditions on medical screening and preparation for the expedition and also as a remote medical adviser during the expedition. She also lectures the Dutch Medical Travel Counciling course on altitude medicine.

Nikki has been climbing, mountaineering and skimountaineering since her childhood, and is a mountaineering instructor for the Dutch Climbing Association. Her more recent love for surfing has taken her to more tropical environments as well. Having some experience in expeditions, she very much understands the delicate decisions on (medical)risk, ambition, capabilities, resources and (physical)limitations and always tries to combine general information with a balanced personal advice.

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Tim Taylor

Photographer

Tim is a professional photographer and adventurer, inspired by the beauty of extreme environments and the wild places of our planet. His passion lies in exploring and photographing the remote regions of the world and sharing these adventures with others. To express his vision, he creates large format, fine art photographs, multi-media installations and photographic essays. His aim is to contribute to the understanding of our environment by collaborating with scientists while using photographic techniques to support scientific research.

It is through this intersection between art and science that Tim hopes to inspire people to appreciate the beauty of planet Earth and to reconnect with nature.

I believe that humans are not a separate entity to nature, but a part of it. Looking after it is not only the morally right thing to do, but essential for the survival of our species.

From high altitude mountaineering in the Himalaya, to diving flooded caverns 100ft underground, Tim is able to access remote places, meaning that he can capture some truly unique images.

From Tim:

I am addicted to exploring far off lands and I love to immerse myself in foreign cultures. I have visited over forty countries and lived on three separate continents. My first expedition was as a member of a three-month long diving project gathering scientific data on the Mesoamerican barrier reef and diving the Cenotes of the Yucatan. This was followed by a Himalayan expedition to climb the peaks of Tharpu Chuli (5663m) and Singu Chuli (6501m). It was this expedition that inspired my ongoing body of work; photographing the mountain environments of the world. I have since climbed extensively around the world and spent months working deep inside the Arctic Circle. In 2014 I returned to the Himalaya as the official photographer for an expedition to climb the worlds 5th highest mountain, Makalu (8463m), via the South East Ridge.

Tim’s photographic work has received awards in several international competitions including Travel Photographer of The Year and been presented in the accompanying books and exhibitions. His work from Makalu was awarded in the 2014 Landscape Photographer of The Year competition and displayed in a solo exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society.

Phone: +44 (0)7570302374

Website: TimTaylorPhotography.com

Skills: Photography, Time-Lapse Photography, Video, Art Exhibition and Installation, Climbing, Mountaineering, Skiing, Diving (PADI Divemaster, Cavern Diver, Enriched Air Diver), Free-Diving, RIB and Small Boat Coxswain (RYA), Kayaking, First Aid (EFR).

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