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Expedition: Into the Altiplano|
For almost 20 years JON BOWERMASTER has written about his adventures in exotic corners of the world for a variety of national and international publications. This is his fourth expedition funded by the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. Previous sea kayak adventures have taken him to the heart of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, down the coast of Vietnam and through the Tuamotu Archipelagoa 78-island chain of coral reefs in the South Pacific. A contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure, he lives in Stone Ridge, New York.
RODRIGO JORDAN is founding director of Chile's Vertical S.A., an organization devoted to using the mountains as a classroom for groups ranging from company managers to schoolchildren. He holds a doctorate in organizational administration from the University of Oxford, and teaches innovation management in the MBA program of the Universidad Católica de Chile. Rodrigo has climbed throughout the Andes, summited Mount Everest by the difficult Kanshung Face in 1992, and in 1996 led a Chilean team to a successful ascent of K2. In 2002 he led a four-person team in an unsupported 250-mile (420-kilometer) traverse, much of it unexplored, of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. Time magazine identified him in 1995 as one of the leaders of the "new millennium." He lives in Santiago, Chile.
New Zealand-born WENDY MADGWICK brings all-around athleticism and experience as a physical therapist to the team. A seasoned sea kayakeras well as national netballer, triathlete and marathonershe lives in Chicago.
National Geographic photographer PETER MCBRIDE has documented expeditions from Africa to the South Pacific, Petra to Amman. A champion downhill skier, experienced climber and photographer for magazines from National Geographic to Smithsonian, his last NGM assignment was the re-enactment of the first African air passage of 1920, 58 days flying a 1918 Vickers Vimy biplane the length of Africa. He lives in Basalt, Colorado.
British-born ALEX NICKS is one of the world's top whitewater rodeo competitors and a budding adventure filmmaker. Based in San Francisco, he has competed and filmed around the world. Recently Nicks journeyed with Bowermaster and McBride for 12 weeks through the Tuamotu Archipelago in the South Pacific.
PATRICIA VALENCIA has lived in the high Atacama desert for the past decade. Schooled as a geologist, she works as a professional mountain guide and has been up and down many 20,000-foot (6,096-meter) Andean peaks from Peru to the south of Chile. She lives in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
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Funding for this expedition was provided by the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. For more information on the Council, its projects, and grants, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.