The Team

Ben Clark  


 A Telluride, Colorado local, twenty eight year old Clark is an explorer in a new generation.  Leading his own expedition, he climbed the north ridge and summitted Mt. Everest at the age of twenty-three which led to a new found sense and zeal for adventures to climb unclimbed and unknown peaks in remote areas of the world. The last five years yielded first ascents in trad, sport, ice, bouldering and alpine. Clark is now searching for the next great problems for this generation of mountain aspirants, melding modern alpine free climbing with ski descents.  On his 18th expedition, he will be attempting the first ski descent of 24,688’ Annapurna IV, Grade VI, 5.4, 70 degrees. 

Ben Clark after descending from Thorung La Pass, Annapurna Himal, Nepal 2007



 Ben Clark swinging through on a fine pitch of M6 climbing on the first ascent of “Up the Gullet” on the SW face of the Camel in Sichuan, China



Josh Butson/Climber

Joshua Butson is the owner, Lead Instructor /Guide of the San Juan Outdoor School (SJOS), Telluride Alpinism and the director of the San Juan Field School (SJFS). Josh has been guiding year-round for a living for more than 10 years. He grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where Josh was introduced to climbing, skiing, and mountaineering at a very young age. This love for adventure has brought him to such places as Telluride Colorado, where he shares his passion through his guide service. 

Josh Butson


Josh Butson awaits a break in the weather in the Changping Goa Valley, Sichuan, China. 

Josh Butson leading the way on the Savage Sister, an unclimbed peak in the Changping Goa Valley in Sichuan, China 



Tim Clarke/climber


Tim Clarke 

Tim Clarke blending in at the monkey temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Tim Clarke ascending the shoulder of Thorung peak in Nepal, in the background are the untamed mountains of Mustang.