Climbers Cutting Carbon Planning Group

Roger Robinson

Roger developed the Sustainable Summits concept and co-led its first two conferences in Colorado. Recently retired after 40 years working as a Denali NPS Mountaineering Ranger, Roger continues promoting the Clean Climb campaign he’s been a leader of for nearly 50 years. He was the 1999 recipient of the American Alpine Club’s David Brower Award for conservation and preservation of mountain regions worldwide. Roger's life was chronicled in the 2017 book, Denali Ranger: A Life of Drama and Adventure on America's Tallest Peak, by Lew Freedman.

Ellen Lapham

Ellen co-leads the Sustainable Summits Initiative and co-led its first two international conferences in Colorado. She is an Emeritus Director of the American Alpine Club, co-chaired the AAC’s Conservation Committee, and was co-leader of the American Climber Science Program. She has led land conservation and management programs in the Sierra Nevada bioregion and worked on the 20-year plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin. Her professional focus was in high technology businesses as a turnaround CEO, founder of companies, investor in new ventures, and director of strategic marketing/public relations programs for major computer firms.

Phil Powers

Phil was the long-time CEO of the American Alpine Club, the author of NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering, and is an owner and guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Roody Rasmusson

Mark “Roody” Rasmussen has worked for Petzl S.A. for over 30 years. He was a founding member of the Petzl Foundation and he currently serves as the Project Director for the Americas. Prior to that he was president and CEO of Petzl America. Roody has also served as a board member for the Outdoor Industry Association, Cascade Designs, and several local, non-profit organizations.

Taylor Luneau

Taylor is the American Alpine Club’s Policy Manager, working to advance access on public lands, conserve healthy mountain environments, and ensure the protection of treasured lands for human-powered recreation. Specializing in land use law and forest management, Taylor advocates for the ability of outdoor recreation to support land conservation goals, revitalize rural economies, and inspire future land stewards.

John Harlin III

Most recently, John directed the Alpine Institute at the Leysin American School in Switzerland. Before that he edited the American Alpine Journal, worked for The Mountain Institute, edited Backpacker and Summit magazines, and wrote several books, including The Eiger Obsession and the Climber’s Guide to North America.

Natasha Buffo

Natasha Buffo is a former business analyst for Google Inc., turned outdoor adventurer, community mental health facilitator, and creative non-fiction writer. When not at her desk, you’ll find her pedaling one of her bikes, backpacking the Sierra Nevada Mountains, trail running in the rain, kayaking on alpine lakes, or snowboarding with friends. Most recently, she biked 1000 miles from her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, to Seattle, Washington, with a 24-hour train ride to return, to adventure with a reduced environmental impact.


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