Our team leader, Sean Burch, is a professional filmmaker, explorer and conservationist who holds 8 world records spanning 6 countries and 5 continents, winner of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV show, 1st Virginian to summit Mt. Everest, and author of the acclaimed self-help book and program Hyperfitness®: 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest (Penguin Random House). He has over 130 first ascents of previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of which 117 were accomplished solo.
He has spent over 20 years as a filmmaker, filming his own expeditions and befriending locals within the regions he's traveled throughout the years, such as the Icefall Doctors on Mt. Everest and in China where he lived for over a year.
He was named Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their government for his humanitarian work for their country.
Sean’s documentarian and photography work has appeared in cable and media organizations, some of which include: BBC, AP, National Geographic, Reuters, CNN, CNNi, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX world news outlets, Outside, Versus.
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
"ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP EXTREME ADVENTURERS"
National Geographic Society
“MOUNTAINTOP MARVEL ADVENTURER”
"HE IS USA’S MR. EXTREME"
“HIS ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS"
BBC World News
•Winner: National Geographic Channel's Ultimate Survival Alaska Show
•World Record: Most First Ascents Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Nepal: 31
•World Record: Most First Ascents Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Mongolia: 23
•World Record: Fastest Crossing of Nepal (Completed via Himalaya range), Unexplored Regions: 49 days, 6 hrs, 8 min
•World Record: Fastest Winter Ascent Mt. Fuji, Japan: 4:05:42
•World Record: Most First Ascents Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Tibet: 63 Summits, 23 Days
•World Record: Fastest Ascent Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: 5:28:48
•World Record: Fastest Time Northern Most Marathon (First Marathon & Wearing Snowshoes), North Pole: 3:43:17
•World Record: Jump Rope at Altitude: 26,181ft., Mt. Everest
•Mt. Everest (29,035ft): Summit, Solo, Nepal
•First Place: North Pole Marathon
•USA Record Speed Ascent: Aconcagua (22,841ft.), Solo,Argentina, Highest Peak Southern & Western Hemisphere
•First Ascents: Unexplored Mountain Areas, East Greenland: 14 1st Ascents, 2 Solo 1st Ascents
•Shishapangma (26,552ft.): Summit, Tibet
•First Ascents: Multiple, St. Elias Range, Alaska