Our two original band members - circa 2013
Our little group goes back to 2009, when Adam and David were neighbors in Steinbach. For the uninitiated, Steinbach, a small prairie town in Canada, is probably the flattest place on earth, and the most unlikely place for mountaineering passions to germinate. We often joke that Steinbach is so flat you can watch your dog run away for three days!
David and Adam were out on the front lawn one day, and soon discovered that they were both going to Kilimanjaro to hike to the roof of Africa. Since that time, David and Adam have traveled to three different continents to walk, hike, and climb in some of the most beautiful corners of the world.
The last time David and Adam were together was in 2014, when they climbed Mount Elbrus, in Southern Russia. Since then, they have been active in their solo careers, with those adventures documented on this website.
Jimmy Collier - Mountain Man Extraodinaire!
That trip to Kiliminjaro in 2010 was not only the start of our climbing trips abroad, it also brought us Jimmy Collier, our next Flatlander.
Jimmy hails from near Galveston, Texas, which is at sea level (and is just as flat as our Canadian prairies). Jimmy joined us on our Aconcagua trip in 2013, where he was stuck inside a two-man tent for over forty hours with David and Adam... Needless to say we know more about each other than we care to!
Along with his wife Regena, Jimmy even took time out in the summer of 2013 to visit us in Canada! Jimmy has experience in Nepal, having trekked to Everest Base Camp a couple of years ago, so we will be relying on his expertise (and famous Texas Ranger tracking skills).
Mike Fast - Grizzled Outdoorsman!
Our last, and newest member of the Flatlander team is Mike Fast. Mike has spent a lot of time in the mountains, having lived in Canmore, Alberta for several years.
Mike is an accomplished skier (judging from the picture, maybe he should stick to snow skiing!), and also loves dirt bike racing. This will be his first foray into high altitude (14,000 feet plus), but he has been training hard and is excited to cut his teeth in the mecca of climbing!
He has provisional membership as a Flatlander - the moment he sets foot in Nepal, he will become a full-fledged member of this exclusive group.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain