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28 January, 2019 Back to News/Events


Carlos Buhler is one of the most accomplished mountain climbers in the world. His climbing career spans forty-five years with major ascents on five continents. He draws from experience gained on forty-five expeditions to Alaska, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Tibet.

In 1983, he climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest (29,035ft.) with the American team that made the first ascent of the Kangshung (East) Face from Tibet. It was Mt. Everest’s last unclimbed face and its ascent established the mountain’s most technically demanding route. Their climb has never been repeated.

“The American climber Carlos Buhler is one of the world’s most successful expeditioners. Over the last 25 years he has been at the forefront of exploratory mountaineering, with many first ascents in Peru, Alaska and the Himalaya. High altitude successes include ascents of K2 North Ridge with the Russians, Kangchenjunga North Face with Peter Habeler and the first ascent of Everest’s Kangshung Face. However, it is on the more elegant, 6000ers and 7000ers that he has really made his mark, most notably on Changabang’s North Face Direct and, this year, the first ascent of Sepu Kangri.” Stephen Venables, British Alpine Club, in reference to Carlos’s lecture to the Alpine Club, in London, November 2003.

“He is a leader in converting the sport of alpine climbing from an assault mentality to one of group centered, strategic planning; mutual respect between climbers and sherpas; use of high tech gear; and best environmental practices.” Ted Mischaikov, member of the Western Washington University Foundation Board of Directors and President and COO of the Trillium Corporation, quoted in Windows on Western, News for Alumni and Friends of Western Washington University, Spring 2003.

Buhler is “arguably the best American Himalayan climber there is. Nobody has had such a long and distinguished career as he has.” Dr. Louis F. Reichardt, former President of the American Alpine Club and neurobiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, quoted in the November 2002, Bozeman Chronicle story after Carlos’s first ascent of Tibet’s Sepu Kangri.

Carlos earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Education and Human Ecology in 1978 at Western Washington University. Since 1984, he has given motivational lectures to corporations and organizations. His overall theme focuses on reaching difficult goals through individual effort and teamwork. His articles and photographs have appeared in various journals and magazines, including the July 1984 issue of National Geographic, which covered the story of the Everest East Face Expedition. He is now applying his leadership experience in mountaineering to help corporations worldwide overcome problems in organizational development and managerial performance.

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