Meet the Team

John All


John All, JD, PhD, is a global explorer and geoscientist, specializing in climate change research in remote locations and is the author of Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of our Dangerous, Changing Planet. His work is broadly focused on fragile, indicator environments, in particular the world’s highest mountains, where changing climate has profound consequences. He is an advocate for adaptive strategies to cope with changes now occurring and his research is focused on hard science that informs public discourse. Dr. All works primarily in Peru and Nepal, but has led expeditions on five continents to extreme locations -- from deep caves to tropical rain forests; remote deserts to the great mountain ranges of Asia and South America.  All successfully summited Mt. Everest, Denali, Artesonraju, Mt. Blanc de Tacul, Alpamayo, El Capitan, and hundreds of other mountains around the world.

Eric DeChaine


Eric DeChaine is an Associate Professor of Biology at WWU and the Curator of the Pacific Northwest Herbarium (WWB). He explores how climate impacts the distribution and diversity of arctic-alpine plants - the early indicators of environmental change. Imagine an archipelago of oceanic islands. Now, place those islands atop mountains surrounded by a sea of forest. That is the alpine - isolated fragments of tundra in the sky. As the climate warms, the forest rises and the sky islands shrink, forcing plants to move, adapt, or die. To gauge how species might respond to changes, one needs to know where they occur. Yet, little is known about plants in remote arctic and alpine regions. So, DeChaine goes where no botanist has gone before. In the search for flowers, DeChaine has summited countless peaks, canoed numerous rivers, and trekked untold miles across Greenland and Scandinavia, Siberia, Japan, and the Americas, including a solo-ascent of Denali. Through field- and lab-work, his geographic and molecular analyses unearth the histories of arctic-alpine plants, the factors that have given rise to rare mountain taxa, and how those species may respond to future warming.

Christopher Dunn

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Chris Dunn is a PhD student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado—Boulder, having previously completed an M.A. at the University of Montana. He has lived and worked nine seasons in Alaska, including three seasons in the Arctic as a researcher. Chris has worked as a backcountry ranger for several parks including Olympic and Denali, and as a wilderness fellow for the Society for Wilderness Stewardship in Montana. He has also lived and worked as a college instructor aboard Navy ships in Japan, the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, and the South Pacific.

Chris has been on several expedition-level trips, such as a 500-mile hike across the Canadian Rockies in 2008, summitting glaciated peaks in Ecuador, Bolivia, Alaska, Washington, and Montana, packrafting 230 miles from the Brooks Range to the mouth of the Colville River in 2018, traversing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from south of the Continental Divide to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, and many others, perhaps exemplified in an independent project to float (and portage) the entirety of the Susitna River in Alaska in the context of a then-proposed dam. See more at

James Holmes


James works professionally in corporate finance and is pleased to volunteer as the Treasurer of the American Climber Science Program. James likes to help advance scientific research and environmental conservation through climbing. He lives in New York, trains on rock and ice around the Northeast U.S., and travels around the world to climb. James has joined 7 expeditions to Peru's Cordillera Blanca with the ACSP and has summited 6 peaks over 5,000m in elevation. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Colin Schmidt


Colin Schmidt is a graduate student at Western Washington University. For his thesis research, Colin created an Alpine Rangeland Degradation model to evaluate soil erosion in the Peruvian Andes. He is joining the expedition to compare his work in the Andes with the high Himalaya. 

Morgan Scott

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Morgan’s interest in mountain societies developed during his undergraduate studies at Western Washington University, where he was fortunate to participate in two study abroad programs in mountain zones: a Wildlands program in the Himalayas of Uttrakhand, India, in 2014, and a Peruvian Ecology program led by John All in 2016. After graduating with a bachelors in Environmental Studies, Morgan spent a month learning to climb in the Cordillera Blanca and Vilcanota range in Peru, with John. During his time in between his BA and beginning his MA Morgan spent the summers further developing his mountaineering skills in the Cascades of Washington. Morgan’s interest in mountain culture and societies led him back to Western and John in the fall of 2018 when he began putting together his thesis, and joined the expedition. During the expedition Morgan will be investigating the involvement and engagement in conservation activity of inhabitants of the Gokyo, Khumbu, and Hinku valleys.

Graham Vickowski


Graham likes to climb, and write about himself in the third person. When not climbing mountains (and even when he is), Graham is a Paramedic.

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