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  EverestHistory.com: Rick Wilcox


You would think being president of International Mountain Equipment, president and a team leader for the Mountain Rescue Service of New Hampshire (a technical team that has performed some 250 mountain rescues) and the vice president of the International Mountain Climbing School would pretty much eliminate a mountaineer's own climbing time. That isn't the case with Rick Wilcox. In fact Rick somehow manages to balance business, climbing and a family with two kids.

Since buying IME in 1979 Rick has used it as a springboard to further climbing adventures and has been focusing lately on the big mountains of the world, including Everest. In May of 1991 Rick led an American expedition up the South-East Ridge to the summit. It was the first American expedition organized in the Eastern United States, making Rick one of the first four Americans from East of the Mississippi to summit Everest. He has also climbed Himalayan peaks in Pakistan, Nepal and the sixth tallest mountain in the world, 8,201 meter Cho Oyu.

Rick grew up in Middleton Mass. where he became fascinated with mountaineering and joined the Appalachian Mountain club. He would eventually climb all 46 of the 4,000-meter peaks in the White Mts. of New England. He studied forestry at the University of Mass., Amherst, and went on several climbs in Alaska and the Yukon including 16,500 foot Mt. Bona (Alaska) and 19,850 foot Mt. Logan (Yukon).

During the early 80's Rick climbed some of the tallest peaks in North and South America, in preparation for his first Himalayan expedition to Cho Oyu in 1985. His sixth Himalayan expedition, his 25th overall, took him to the roof of the world, the summit of Mt. Everest.

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