Since climbing his first mountain as a young boy, Matthew has gained a broad range of experience including the ascent of numerous Alpine 4,000m peaks, Scottish and Welsh winter climbing, and expedition mountaineering in Russia. Matthew has completed the accredited 6-day Mountain Leader training course and enjoys competing in mountain marathons.
Michael and Matthew met in their first week of university and quickly became good friends. Over the last decade they have shared many mountain adventures together. In addition to significant high altitude mountaineering experience Michael enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing and skiing. He completed the Mountain Leader training course in 2012 and is also a keen runner.
As a keen hiker and Matthew's partner, Alison will be joining Matthew and Michael for sections of the route when possible whilst also working as a newly qualified doctor. She will help coordinate the delivery of essential supplies during the challenge whilst also acting as team nutritional advisor and social media manager.