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Nicholas Rice (Los Angeles, United States)

Nicholas Rice is a 25 year old extreme high-altitude mountaineer based out of Los Angeles. He has led a number of 8000 meter expeditions and has climbed on seven of the fourteen highest mountains in the world.  Nick will be attempting Annapurna via the dangerous avalanche prone north face. He will be on permit with the Pan-European Expedition. Nick’s passion for the outdoors began from a very early age. Before he could even walk, his parents took him (in a backpack on their backs) on hikes in Yosemite and on Mt. Shasta. Over the years, his passion became an obsession, and he progressed from 14,000 foot peaks in California and Washington, to Denali in Alaska (the highest in North America), to his first 8000 meter peak, Cho Oyu in Tibet (ranked 6th highest in the world). After summiting the peak from high camp in just 4 hours, he knew that high altitude climbing was his calling. In 2008, Nick attempted the world’s most treacherous mountain, K2 in Pakistan; the second highest mountain in the world after Everest. The mountain is said to be the deadliest in the world, and in 2008, it was. K2 claimed the lives of 11 in the second worst tragedy in climbing history. Nick turned around before the bottleneck due to unsafe route conditions and impending frostbite.  In the Spring of 2009, Nick summitted Manaslu (ranked 8th highest) without Sherpa support or oxygen by the Japanese Route and reached the North Summit of Shishapangma in Tibet (ranked 14th highest) in the fall of 2009. More Information.