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SENIOR TEAM MEMBERS

The Senior team consists of Steve Jackson, expedition leader. Dave Bunting, Alex Burrell, Dan Carroll, Ady Cole, John Doyle, Larry Foden, Neil Greenwood, Andy Hughes, Dave Pearce, Roddy McArthur, James Rait, Colin Scott, Ian Venables and the expeditions artist, J. Lincoln Rowe.

J. Lincoln Rowe will accompany the expedition and record its progress, in paintings and field sketches, as it passes through the breathtaking landscape of northeast Nepal. As well as the magnificence of this region of the Himalaya, Lincoln will seek to capture the spirit, culture and traditional way of the people who live in this remote corner of the world.

Steve Jackson. Expedition Leader
Steven Jackson (46) joined the Royal Navy as a Probationary Medical Assistant in 1973. He has served at sea in HMS Ark Royal and ashore in the naval hospitals in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Gibraltar. Since 1996 he has served on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Fleet planning operational medical support to national and multi-national maritime and amphibious forces.
Steve has been an active mountaineer since 1969 and has climbed extensively within the UK and taken part in many expeditions to the European Alps, Gibraltar, Norway, East Africa, Yosemite, the Andes and Pakistan. He is a member of the Alpine Club, the Joint Services Mountaineering Committee and the Services representative on the BMC Management Committee. He will lead BSKE2000.
Steve is married to Paula, a former Naval Nurse, and lives with his wife and their 2 children, Lucy and Gareth in Hampshire.
Andrew Hughes (Deputy Leader & Team Doctor)
Surgeon Commander Andrew Hughes joined the Royal Navy whilst studying medicine at Birmingham University (1978-83). His Service career to date has been largely spent with the Royal Marines with a brief spell on submarines. During this time his work has taken him to Norway, Canada, Hong Kong and the Middle East. He is a qualified General Practitioner with an interest in high altitude medicine and frostbite.

Andrew started climbing at university and graduated from the Alps to the greater ranges in 1987 as a member of a joint Indo/British expedition to Saser Kangri in the Indian Karakorum. Since then he has taken part in many expeditions all over the world including Russia, South America and Pakistan as well as numerous trips to the Nepal Himalayas. He has twice attempted Mt Everest by the difficult West Ridge/Hornbein Couloir Route reaching a high point at 8,600m in 1992. In 1996 he summited on Gasherbrum I (8068m). He is married with a young son and will have his 40th birthday during the Kangchenjunga expedition.
Alex Burrell
Captain Alex Burrell (29) is currently the Training Officer for Commachio Group Royal Marines in Arbroath. He learned to climb in Yosemite in 1996 and since then has gained much rock and ice climbing experience in the UK, the Alps, Norway and Nepal.
Like all of the Royal Marines on the team he is very fit and was part of a 4-man team that completed the 13th Marathon de Sable, a 150-mile run across the desert carrying 35Ibs of kit in 6 days.
Adrian Cole
Adrian (Ady) Cole was brought up in Leicester and will be 36 by then end of the expedition. He is married to Hillary and has two-year-old daughter, Eleanor. He has been a royal marine for sixteen years and is currently serving near Glasgow. He has climbed in Britain, Spain, Kenya, the Alps and America and instructed for three years at the joint service's mountain training centre near Glencoe, Scotland.
Neil Greenwood
Neil joined the Royal Engineers in 1986 as an apprentice tradesman at Chepstow. He has served the vast majority of his career with 59 Independent Commando Squadron where he became bitten by the climbing bug. He is currently based at Gibraltar Barracks as a training instructor to Royal Engineer recruits.
His wife, Candace is Canadian, they met whilst Neil was working as an adventure training instructor in the Rockies. They have three sons, Harrison, Keslin and Oliver. Neil has been to the Himalayas once before in 1994 and has been on other expeditions to Tanzania, Kenya and Alaska. He has also climbed extensively in Britain, the Swiss and French Alps and Norway.
James Raitt
Captain James Raitt (25) joined the Royal Marines in September 95 and currently works as a recruit troop commander at the commando training centre in Devon. During his time in the royal marines has served in Norway, the Jordanian desert and the jungles of Brunei.
He has been climbing for 11 years in Scotland and the European Alps in both summer and winter. He has recently been rock climbing in Yosemite, ice climbing in Colorado, on 2 expeditions to Peru and an army expedition to Nepal in Oct 99 where he summited on Chulu West (6419m).
Dave Pearce
Colour Sergeant David Pearce joined the Royal Marines in Jan 82 and has served in the UK and Northern Ireland. Soon after the expedition he is to deploy to Kosovo as part of the UN peacekeeping force. After specialising as a physical training instructor he gained the mountain instructors certificate (MIC). His 20 years of mountaineering have seen ascents of the big walls of Yosemite, long alpine routes and first ascents in Cyprus. He is most at home on isolated, mixed mountaineering routes and the committed sea cliff routes of his favourite Cornwall crags. He lives in Budliegh Salterton, Devon with his wife Jane and 3 girls, Ella, Tess and Daisy. His favourite saying is "experience in the mountains is the sum total of near misses!."
Colin Scott
Squadron leader Colin Scott - expedition food member. Born in Portsmouth in 1962 and educated at Portsmouth grammar school. Joined the royal air force in 1980 as an air traffic controller and is currently employed as a senior military supervisor at the London area and terminal control centre. Began climbing in 1977 and has extensively in Scotland and the European Alps. Previous Himalayan expeditions to Kamet, Tilicho and Ama Dablam.
Roddy McArthur
Major Roderick (Roddy) McArthur is currently serving in the Ministry of Defence in London. He is a Highlander and hails from Aberdeen in the heart of the Regimental area. Currently 37, he is married with two baby daughters (who climb better than he does). He has climbed the North face of Kanchenjunga to 8,000m (before being injured), and summits in the Alps, the Andes, and Kenya.
Larry Foden
Sgt Jonathon "Larry" Foden is 31 years old and lives in Ashborne, Derbyshire, after being brought up in the nearby village Parwich. He has served for 12 years in the Royal Marines where he has recently passed his Mountain Leader 1st class course. After starting to rock climb in the Peak district 16 years ago he moved on to mountaineering in Scotland, the Alps, South America and the Himalayas. He took part in the highly successful Himalayan Gimmegela Expedition in 1997.
Dan Carroll
Chef Technican Dan Carroll RAF was born in Glasgow in 1963 and joined the RAF at 18 as an aircraft engineering technican. He is currently employed as the Site Manager of number XV(R) Tornado Sqaudron at RAF Lossiemouth. He joined the RAF Kinloss Mountian Rescue Team in 1985. Since then he has attended many aircraft crash sites in remote locations and assisted in the rescue of many mountaineers in Scotalnd and Wales, both as a part time volunteer and as a full time leader. Dan's previous expeditions include Mount Mackinley (Alaska), Diran Peak (Karakorum), Tharpu Chuli (Nepal) and he has climbed one other 8000m peak Gasherbrum 1 (Hidden Peak) in 1996.
Ian Venables
Corporal Ian Venables, aged 32, joined the RAF in 1987. He is currently serving on the Mountain Rescue Team at RAF STAFFORD. He started climbing at the age of 16 and has climbed extensively around the UK, the Alps, Canadian Rockies, Alaska and the Himalayas. He is a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Everest Expedition, which aims to climb the North Ridge in 2001.
John Doyle
John joined the Army in 1987 and has seen active service in Northern Ireland, Iraq, and the Balkans. He is a keen climber with over 20 years experience and has climbed extensively in Europe, Norway, East Africa, North America, Alaska and the Himalayas. He was a member of the successful British Services Gasherbrum 1 Expedition in 1996. He is married to Sue, who is also a keen climber, and they are expecting their first child in June.
Dave Bunting
Staff Sergeant Dave Bunting joined the Army in 1984 and is now in the Army Physical Training Corps, and currently serving at the British Alpine Centre (Bavaria). He is 31 and comes from Wirksworth, Derbyshire. He started mountaineering when he was 16, and has since climbed extensively in the UK, the Alps, America, Canada, Norway, and this is his sixth expedition to the Himalayas.