The Quest for the Seven Summits

Stray Dog Marshall Ulrich has summited five of the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest, from north side, in Tibet!! Two more to go!!

 

Everest - Asia

In April and May of 2004, Marshall was a part of the Russian Adventure Team using the standard route up the north side of Everest. As reported on MountEverest.net, the team was led by Alexander Abramov (Everest "Extreme Chef"). In addition to Alex, the team included 6 Russians (one of whom lives in Germany), 2 Italians, 1 Armenian, and 2 people from the US: Marshall and David D'Angelo, for a team of 11 to scale the north side of Everest. Last year these guys were one of the favorites - they spoke candidly about the mountain, stuck it out, and summited at the very end of the season. The "Extreme Chef" even helped to slaughter and cook their own food. The true Russian spirit!

You can see additional stories about the team on MountEverest.net, including updates from the mountain by David, a part of the Xexplorersweb.

 

For more personal updates from Marshall, go to the Mountain News page.

 

The North Face of Everest

(Photo credit: Russianclimb.com)

Check out David's site (who summited Mount Everest with Marshall) for voice dispatches from their summit push, David's final thoughts about climbing the mountain, and some of Marshall's summit day photographs.

 

On May 25, 2004, Marshall reached the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest–

the top of the world!

Sherpa Pemba Tenzing and Marshall Ulrich proudly display the Religious Teachers Filippini banner
on the Summit of Mount Everest, May 25, 2004!

(Photo Credit: Marshall Ulrich, May 25, 2004)

 

Marshall on the Summit of Mount Everest
(29,035 feet) with Makalu ( 27,765 feet) behind!

"I felt a great sense of joy and gratitude"

(Photo Credit: Marshall Ulrich, May 25, 2004)

 

Marshall used equipment from The North Face on Mount Everest. The North Face has sponsored the Stray Dogs for more than 5 years, including tents, which Marshall used on Everest. In addition, The North Face provided Marshall with the best high-altitude mountaineering equipment and clothing in the world. Marshall gives his thanks to The North Face, and all of his product sponsors, for their support!

 

Fundraising

Marshall is doing fundraising in association with his Seven Summits climbs. Marshall asks for your support for the Religious Teachers Filippini, a group that helps war-widowed women and starving children in some of the poorer countries in the world. One hundred percent of your donation will go to the deserving women and children! And, your donation is tax deductible. Marshall raised over $70,000 for this organization as part of his Quad crossing of Death Valley in 2001. See the Fundraising page for more information on how you can help.

 

Sponsorship

The estimated cost for Marshall to complete his Quest for the Seven Summits is approximately $40,000. If you are interested in sponsorship on any level, including financial support or product sponsorship, please contact Marshall (see the bottom of this page for additional contact information).

Marshall could not have reached the summit of Mount Everest without the motivation of fundraising for some of the most deserving people in the world young children that are suffering through no fault of their own as well as the support from his product sponsors.

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The North Face provided 8,000 meter mountaineering equipment and clothing, including a down summit suit, summit series sleeping bag, down jacket, and gortex pants and jacket. The down summit suit was key to keeping Marshall warm on the summit of Mount Everest!

Steger Mukluks provided mukluks that are twice as warm and less than half the weight of traditional winter boots. Marshall used his mukluks at Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp (21,450 feet!) on Mount Everest.

 

 

Exofficio provided rugged, functional clothing to keep Marshall looking good.

 

CAMP provided quality, lightweight mountaineering equipment, including ice axes, crampons, and harnesses. This Camp equipment aided Marshall all the way to the top of the world!

 

 

Ullfrotte provided undergarments and socks made from a mix of Merino Wool and polyamide which kept Marshall warm, and relatively "smell free."  Ullfrotte long underwear, undergarments - along with the North Face down summit suit, are what Marshall wore to the summit of Mount Everest!

GoLite provided the lightweight summit pack that Marshall wore all the way to the summit of Mount Everest!

 

LEKI provided the best, lightweight, collapsible trekking poles available. Marshall took a Leki pole to the top of the world!

 

 

Pacific Outdoor Equipment provided Insulmat sleeping mats and WXytex waterproof duffle bags, which looked good on the Yaks on Mount Everest!

 

 

Advocare provided nutritional supplements to provide essential nutritional needs.

 

 

Elbrus - Europe

On June 14, 2004, Marshall reached the summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia, the tallest peak in Europe at 18,481 feet above sea level.

For a story from Marshall about his Elbrus climb, go to the Mountain News page.

 

Marshall Ulrich and local guide Sergei proudly display the Religious Teachers Filippini banner
on the Summit of Mount Elbrus, June 14, 2004!

(Photo Credit: Marshall Ulrich, June 14, 2004)

Marshall on the Summit of Mount Elbrus
(18,481 feet), the highest point in Europe!
(Photo Credit: Marshall Ulrich, June 14, 2004)

 

Marshall is still accepting donations as a part of his Quest for the Seven Summits. He respectfully asks for your support for the Religious Teachers Filippini. As always, one hundred percent of your donation will go to the deserving women and children! See the Fundraising page for more information on how you can help.

 

 

Marshall has also already summited, all on first attempts (as were his summits of Mount Everest and Mount Elbrus), the following of the Seven Summits.

Denali - North America

In June 2002, Marshall reached the summit of Denali, 20,320 feet above sea level, with an ad hoc Stray Dogs group including:

  • Gary Scott
  • Marshall Ulrich
  • Charlie Engle
  • Tony Di Zinno
  • Aron Ralston (not pictured)

The trip took the Dogs 16 days, including several days huddled in their tents waiting out storms. The summit day couldn't have been better: incredibly clear, with amazing 360 degree views of the entire Alaska Range!

 

 

Aconcagua - South America

Marshall reached the summit of Aconcagua, 22,841 feet above sea level in February 2003. In addition to being the highest point in South American, Aconcagua is also the highest point in the western hemisphere.

The group was from all over the world – Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States, which made the trip very interesting and fun. A lot of lively conversation and plenty of stories to tell!

The ascent went very smoothly, including some snow, rather than scree, higher on the Canaleta, allowing the use of crampons and aiding the team's ascent.

Marshall also had the good fortune to see the shadow of Aconcagua on the horizon during sunrise on summit day.

 

 

Kilimanjaro - Africa

His third of the Seven Summits, Marshall reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in July 2003. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa.

Marshall, along with his wife and three other members of their group, reached the summit in the pre-dawn darkness after climbing for about six hours. After spending about an hour on the summit, the group started to descend.

Again, Marshall had the good fortune to see the shadow of the mountain, cast down along the glacier and onto the horizon and over Mount Meru (in the distance - an over 14,000 foot peak).

 

 

 

The Remaining Peaks

The schedule for Marshall's attempts at the other summits is to be determined. The total estimated budget for the remaining peaks (after Everest and Elbrus) is approximately $40,000.

  • Vinson Massif, Antarctica – $25,000
  • Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania/Australasia (and/or Mount Kosciuszko, Australia) – $15,000

Sponsorship on any level is always appreciated!

Marshall will also be doing fundraising in association with these climbs. He will ask for your support for the Religious Teachers Filippini. As always, one hundred percent of your donation will go to the deserving women and children! See the Fundraising page for more information on how you can help.

 

 

Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsorship on any level, including financial support or product sponsorship for Vinson Massif or Carstensz Pyramid (and/or Mount Kosciuszko), please contact Marshall.

Marshall Ulrich

515 Brook Drive

Idaho Springs , CO 80452

303-567-0727 (home)

970-380-3769 (cell)

marsh_straydog@msn.com