Jeff began his rock climbing career in Canada at age 14 and began instructing at 16. His passion for climbing quickly evolved into ice climbing and high alpine mountaineering. In over 30 years of climbing, Jeff has successfully organized and led hundreds of backcountry and mountaineering expeditions in South America, North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has climbed many of the world’s highest and most isolated peaks, including free solo ascents of mixed-routes in Patagonia, new routes in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, and unique routes in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda.
Jeff served as both an enlisted U.S. Army soldier and Air Force officer. He is also an environmental law and natural resource attorney. The diverse skills and leadership experience Jeff brings to the planning and execution of an expedition are highly unique, resulting in a remarkable degree of success on expeditions in many of the world’s most challenging and extreme environments, including Congo, Northern Bolivia, Nepal (Mt. Everest Summit), and other isolated areas where external expedition support is unavailable.
With 14 years of experience in expedition management, Dorjee brings extraordinary planning and logistics skills to S2Mountaineeing programs tailored to trekkers and mountaineers alike. We also like that Dorjee was previously a Buddhist monk for 19 years. His good karma, kindness, and positive disposition keep us focused. A native of the Khumbu Valley, Dorjee has provided leadership for trekking expeditions throughout Nepal and Tibet. Dorjee also operates one of the very best lodges in the area – a place we have come to know and love with our members traveling in Nepal. We are pleased that Dorjee is a member of the S2Mountaineering team.
A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lee has spent over 22 years in the Pecos and Rocky Mountain wilderness. His passion for the mountains has evolved from a steady and high success rate on 14,000+ ft peaks in Colorado, Argentina, and Tanzania. With a strong skill set founded on high alpine backcountry skiing. Lee’s mountaineering success strategy is premised on a structured and patient approach that improves the individual opportunity for a successful summit.
Lee is also a premier landscape artist with an emphasis on the alpine environment. His work frequently appears in Santa Fe galleries and is sought by collectors at the local and national levels.
Lee began climbing in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York as a teen-ager where his inspiration for backcountry adventure grew into mountaineering, down-hill ski racing, and white water kayaking. A highly valued member of S2, Lee is a professional Ski Patroller and Emergency Medical Technician with over 15 years of experience. He possesses advanced skills in Emergency/Wilderness medicine, high angle rescue, avalanche awareness and rescue, and backcountry skiing. Lee’s mountaineering experience includes many of the most sought after routes in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and other North American peaks. His high alpine career has taken him to impressive locations around the world, including Aconcagua in South America, Mt. Kenya & Kilimanjaro in Africa, Denali in Alaska, and Pumori in Nepal.
Lee is also an award-winning professional outdoor photographer. His images have appeared in publications such as Outside, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Paddler, Climbing, and Rock & Ice. Lee is also a licensed Landscape Architect.
A native of the Khumbu Valley, Damai brings a unique understanding of the culture and epic landscape of the Himalaya. Among his many trekking and climbing accomplishments, he has summited Mt. Everest a phenomenal 8 times. A Himalayan “rock star,” Damai is already exhibited as one of Nepal’s climbing legends in the Sherpa climbing Museum located in Namche. Damai brings a rock solid background of expedition leadership and management to S2Mountaineering’s trekking and climbing programs in Nepal. We are proud to have him as part of the S2Mountaineering team.