Wally Berg

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“Wally can get the job done! He knows how to handle bad going up high and stick with it.”

—Bradford Washburn, Boston Museum of Science, 1998


Berg Adventures International is an extension of president and founding director Wally Berg, one of the most respected guides in the mountaineering community. With 23 years of experience in the field, Wally dedicates himself to the educational and life-enriching value of mountain adventures on every continent, and to building life-long personal and professional relationships within the cultures in which he works.

Defined by his peers as “one of the world’s premier mountaineers,” Wally is a member of a small, elite group of high-altitude climbers. He has summited Everest four times. Wally and climbing partner Scott Fischer were the first Americans to reach the top of Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest peak.

During the 1990’s, Berg became the foremost “Seven Summits” guide, making it possible for many climbers to ascend the highest peak on each of the seven continents. A constant trademark of Wally’s expeditions is that every journey is undertaken with humility to the landscape and respect for local cultures.

Among the world’s foremost expedition leaders, Wally guided the International Everest Expedition in 1992 and the American Everest “GPS” Expedition in 1998. On the latter expedition he installed a baseplate for a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver at Bishop’s Rock, just forty feet below the summit of Everest, and activated a Trimble 4800 receiver to capture geographic data from the highest fixed point on the planet.

Last year Wally organized and led “One Team – One Mountain: Berg Adventures Everest Expedition 2006.” The journey was highlighted by the spectacular ski descent from the summit of Everest by Kit and Rob DesLauriers, photographed by Jimmy Chin. (An account of the expedition appears in the January, 2007, issue of Outside Magazine.)

In 2000, Wally’s Embree Glacier Exploratory Expedition in Antarctica (a prestigious Explorers Club “Flag Expedition”), surveyed a previously unvisited region of the Ellsworth Mountains, completing first ascents and gathering data for NASA for scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With his inquisitive nature, his tenacity and his resourcefulness in wild places,

Wally’s scientific and project-oriented trips surpass expectations.

In the words of Bradford Washburn of The Boston Museum of Science, “Wally can get the job done! He knows how to handle bad going up high and stick with it.”

Peter Potterfield of Mountain Zone puts it this way—“While other veterans of Himalayan climbing are flashier, Berg keeps a low profile - and keeps getting to the top.”

Noting Wally’s success as a “world class mountaineer, explorer, and educator,” Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, bestowed upon him an honorary degree of Humane Letters – only the third person in the institution’s history to receive such a degree. In 1999 he was made a Fellow in the Explorers Club. He is also a member of The American Association of Avalanche Professionals, the Canadian Avalanche Association, the Wilderness Medical Society, and the American Alpine Club.

Wally’s dramatic photographs has been published in prestigious media such as National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine Online, Wired Magazine, Mountainzone.com, Prentice Hall Publishing, US Naval Academy/Pearson Custom Publishing, Professional Surveyor Magazine, and in national magazine print ad campaigns.

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