Tejas was the youngest person to have ever climbed to the top of the
seven summits (at the
time), the highest peak on each continent. He has accomplished this three
times and is currently working on his fourth. Vernon is now working his way through the Seven Plummets; this
involves hang gliding down from the summits of the highest points on each
continent. So far, Vernon has checked off Aconcagua and Elbrus.
was named one of the top 50 Alaskan athletes by Sports
Illustrated and finished in the top 10 during the 1999
Eco-Challenge. He has guided over 40 climbs on Denali,
and became a local legend after his first solo winter
ascent up Denali. Vernon also made the first solo ascent
of Mt. Vinson and a winter ascent of Aconcagua. He was
the lead guide responsible for Col. Norman Vaughnís
successful summit of Mt. Vaughn.
As a guide for Alpine Ascents
International, Vernon has guided clients up Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, and Iranís
Mt. Damavand, among others. Vernon made history by being the youngest to climb
the seven summits and is hoping to make history again by climbing all seven
summits twice in one calendar year.
Vern first summited Everest on May 12, 1992,
then again on May 25, 2002, and again on May 30, 2003. He was also a member of
Everest expedition in 1989, 90 and 2000 expedition.