Seeking the Spiritgraphic of soaring eagle

The 2002 American Manaslu Expedition

Endorsed by:

American Alpine Club

Sponsored by:

Black Diamond



Mountain Safety Research

Outdoor Research

Ropak Packaging

Seattle Manufacturing Corp.

Smith Fabrication

Sterling Rope


Team Members

We're going to Manaslu as a small unguided group.  We've opted for a small cohesive team rather than a large expeditionary force out of respect for the remote nature of this peak.  The team consists of the following members:

  Tom Fitzsimmons (Team Leader) - Director, Washington State Department of Ecology. Tom's climbing experience includes Denali in 1974 and 1996, and Everest in 1984. He has climbed in the Cascades, the British Columbian coastal range, the Rockies in the U.S. and Canada, and in Mexico.
  Scott Boettcher - Environmental planner, Washington State Department of Ecology. Scott's climbing experience is largely in the Cascades. He also is an ultra-runner who has participated in 24-hour races.
  Jerome Delvin - Police officer and Washington State Representative. Jerome is an experienced skier and climber. He has climbed mostly in the Cascades and also in South America.
  Michael McGuffin - Freelance writer/photographer; former aerospace engineer. Mike's climbing experience includes the second ascent of Mt. Pietrobelli in Patagonia. He also developed this web site for the 2002 American Manaslu Expedition.
  Dan Percival - Electrical engineer. Dan is a native Washingtonian who has climbed many peaks in the Pacific Northwest. He recently began a "tradition" of a one day climb of Mt. Rainier on his birthday at the end of August. He also has enjoyed expeditions to Denali, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro. In the past few years he has discovered ice climbing, and has climbed frozen waterfalls in Ouray, Colorado, and in British Columbia.
  Brian Sato - Environmental Engineer, Washington State Department of Ecology. Brian's climbing experience includes Ojos del Salado (22,600 feet) in the Atacama region of Chile, several peaks in the Wrangle-St. Elias Mountains of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Denali, and various mountains throughout British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming, and West Virginia including quite a bit of rock climbing.  He also is an "awesome skier" -- both downhill and telemark.

Our team is shown below in photos from a training climb of Mt. Hood, Oregon, shortly before we left for Nepal.

  Tom, Brian, Mike, Dan, and Scott Jerome