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EverestHistory.com: Ray Brown 1951-2002


Ray Brown Brief Bio

Born: 5th September 1951 Hastings, New Zealand

Died: 6th September 2002 Kings Park, Perth, Australia while running with friends.

Profession: Teacher (Design & Technology), Coach (Athletics & Distance Running), Mountain Guide

Other Interesting Achievements:

Mt. Everest Marathon 1993, -3rd Overall, -1st Over 40 years, - Over 40 record time

Antarctic Marathon 1997, -2nd Overall,

Numerous State Marathon Titles

First and only West Australian to summit Everest.

Family: Wife: Liz; Sons: Scott (19) Part of Kawasaki Australia Superbike racing team. Ross (21) Member of Australian National Rowing Team.

SUMMITS
1995 COTOPAXI 5897m Highest active volcano - Ecuador
  CHIMBORAZO 6310m Closest point to the sun - Ecuador
  ILLINIZAS NORTE 5265m - Ecuador
  CAYAMBE 5790m - Ecuador
   
1997 ACONCAGUA 6987m Highest mountain outside the Himalayas - Argentina
   
1998 GASHERBRUM 2 8039m Pakistan (Peter Guggemos group)
   
1999 EVEREST 8850m Nepal (Henry Todd group)
   
2000 EL MISTI 5800m - Peru
  HUAYNA POTOSI 6070m - Peru
  ACONCAGUA 6987m
   
2001 ACONCAGUA 6987m

 Last expedition:  K2 2002

Dave Hancock, wrote the below about Ray after his death...

Western Australian climber Ray Brown collapsed and died on the 6th September after a training run with mates from the WA University Marathon team, just weeks after returning from a K2 Expedition.

I had the great pleasure to have worked and climbed with him across 3 continents, from the volcanoes of Ecuador, and the America's highest mountain, to the stunning glaciers and dizzying heights of 8000m peaks in the Karakorum.  He was a person of strong resolute character, honesty, and fairness, and an individual who could be called upon to truly get a job done.

As a guide he was responsible for getting dozens of our trip members to the tops of mountains that, in real terms, those same people would have had little chance of seeing had it not been for Ray's determination, perseverance, and outright motivating ability. As a family man, an inspiration to many, and a climbing buddy, his premature and unexpected departure will be felt by a great many.

Ray's lightweight and quick ascents on Aconcagua, Chimborazo, Everest, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum II were a reflection of how he viewed life; get into it, get the job done, and move on. A mostly unheralded climbing hero, he eschewed the sponsorship and spotlight that many alpinists seem to long for, and funded his big climbs with the support of his wife Liz from their own pockets.

From your many climbing mates, past clients, friends and associates all over the world, from Perth, and around Australia, we bid you a fond farewell Ray. We will all miss you so much.

Dave Hancock and staff from Field Touring Alpine

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