Courtney Reardon recently became the 68th American woman to summit Mount Everest and survive. An unlikely person to find herself at the highest point on earth, she has worked in Finance in New York City for the past 12 years and is currently a Senior Vice President in Business Development at an asset management firm. After graduating from Columbia University, she began working on Wall Street at Bear Stearns and subsequently BofA Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets. Courtney developed her love of the outdoors later in life, during the depths of the Financial Crisis. Swapping out her usual dresses and high heels, she uses her vacation time from work to climb some of the world’s highest peaks, such as Mount Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson Massif in Antarctica among other peaks.
Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.
Dr. Ken Kamler is a microsurgeon who practices surgery of the hand in New York and extreme medicine in some of the most remote regions on Earth, from the Andes Mountains to the Antarctic to the Amazon rainforest. He has gone on many expeditions with National Geographic, helping to carry out geological research and precision mapping of less traveled areas of the world. He has also served as the chief high altitude physician in research by NASA, helping examine the human body’s response to high altitudes.
He has also chronicled his adventures in the books “Doctor on Everest” and “Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor’s Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance”. His treatment of the climbers in the largest disaster to happen on Mount Everest was portrayed in the book “Into Thin Air” and in the IMAX film documentary, “Everest (1998)”.
Dr. Kamler was Vice President of Research and Education for The Explorers Club for 10 years, former Chairman of its Science Advisory Board, and a Director for 12 years; he was recently re-elected as a Director. He received the coveted Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award in 2009, for outstanding achievement in exploration. He has been an Explorer-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History, a consultant for NASA and for National Geographic Adventure, and a commentator for Outdoor Life Network and CNN.
As an Air Force Rescue pilot, Captain Christy Wise has dedicated her professional life to saving the lives of isolated personnel by piloting the world’s premier Combat Search and Rescue airframe, the HC-130J. She is a combat veteran, having served one tour in Afghanistan. Following her amputation, Christy completed rehabilitation at San Antonio Military Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid, returned to her primary duty station, and in late June 2016 became the first female amputee in Air Force history to return to flying duty. Christy is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and received her Master of Arts in Theology from Liberty University. She is also a registered Foster Parent in the State of Georgia.