High Altitude Development Team Overview

The High Altitude Development Team (HADT) is comprised of mountaineers who do not have experience at high altitude. The HADT will be mentored by the Main Team; together they will climb Tukuche Peak, 6920m.

High Altitude Team Applications

Members of the HADT Squad have been selected. The Tukuche climb will:

Tukuche is a relatively remote peak with technical sections and a challenging feel.

Expressions of interest should be made by email to team.altitude@dhaulagiri2016.com

High Altitude Development Team Information

The Tukuche peak is located in the western Nepal Himalayas between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. Although relatively less explored, Tukuche is one of most exotic mountain climbs in Nepal. Despite being a technical climb, it offers the ideal opportunity for the HADT to gain experience under the tuition of the Main Team. The summit of Tukuche Peak also offers great vistas of the surrounding Himalayas including the Annapurna Ranges, Nilgiri and nearby villages such as Marpha and Jomsom.


Lieutenant Chris Evans RN
High Altitude Development Team Leader

Chris joined the Royal Navy in 2001, as a prospective Observer, however left Britannia Royal Naval College on the road to becoming a Warfare Submariner. Gaining his dolphins in 2003 he has since served on both SSN and SSBN submarines around the world. More recently Chris has been at the forefront of UK Submarine and Anti-submarine warfare tactics and doctrine. Just prior to this expedition he will deploy to the Arctic and assist with Submarine under-ice exercises in support of the United States Navy Arctic Sea Laboratory.

Being introduced to mountaineering at a young age in the Scouts and Air Cadets, once at University Chris joined the University Officers Training Corps (a part of the Army Reserves) and discovered the Joint Services Adventurous Training Scheme. Taking part in Rock Climbing and Summer Mountaineering at University, before joining the Royal Navy and developing his skills in Ski Touring, Winter and Alpine Mountaineering.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Mountaineering Club has enabled continued and progressive developed which has lead to his participation as the Leader of the Development Team whilst also assisting with some of the financial and meteorological aspects of the expedition. Until now his experience has grown in the mountains of Scotland and the European Alps. Pushing into the Greater Ranges, Chris hopes this expedition and Tucuche Peak will see the beginning of him climbing Big Mountains with great people!

Lieutenant Rob Gillman RN
Expedition Member

Robert joined the Royal Navy in 2013 after graduating from Southampton University with a Master degree in Aeronautical degree. Following University he joined BRNC and commissioned as a Naval Officer in May 14. Since then he has been in professional training spending time both ashore and at sea to qualify as an Air Engineering Officer in the Fleet Air Arm. Career highlights to date include assisting with HMS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony as well as joining HMS Illustrious for her final entrance into Portsmouth. Upon return from Nepal he is to start his first complement assignment at a Naval Air Squadron as the Assistant Air Engineering Officer.

Robert started climbing whilst at college and developed his interests further to include Alpine mountaineering and winter climbing whilst at University; where he spent as much time as he could mountaineering and climbing in the UK and further afield. Aged 24 he never expected to be joining an expedition to the greater ranges, especially not joining a team pushing the boundaries of Military Alpinism and undertaking valuable high altitude medical research.

Flight Lieutenant Stu Quinn
Expedition Member

Stu Quinn jointed the RAF in 1999 after graduating from the University of Ulster with an MEng in Electronics. Now a chartered engineer, he has had a somewhat unusual career serving as, among other things, a Surface to Air Missile Battery commander, commander of a signals school, an Air Support Mission Director, a Forward Air Controller and lately as a Qualified Warfare Instructor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. He has been operationally deployed widely and frequently throughout the world having only had one full year in the UK since 2007.

He has led numerous expeditions throughout the world including to Peru, Costa Rica, North America, the Alps and South Africa. As a volunteer for the RAF Mountain Rescue and the assistant chairman of the RAF Mountaineering Association he regularly finds himself busy at weekends helping others learn the craft of mountaineering throughout the UK; be it fighting up Ben Nevis in a cold Scottish Winter or tackling Grib Goch en route to Snowden. Having been a team member on the British Services Antarctic Expedition in 2012 he is very much looking forward to the new challenges and adventures that the Dhaulagiri mountain range will no doubt bring. Per Ardua ad Astra.

Flight Lieutenant Andy England
Expedition Member

Andy joined the Royal Air Force as an RAF Regiment Gunner in 1994 and was initially posted to the Queens Colour Squadron where he took part in notable ceremonial events such as the repatriation of HRH Princess Diana and the handover ceremony of Hong Kong. He has completed a variety of UK and overseas exercises and several operational tours in the Middle East including Iraq. He commissioned in 2006 and has since completed two operational tours of Afghanistan and specialised in delivering training and capability building to overseas nations.

Andy has always been a keen mountaineer and spent the vast majority of childhood holidays hillwalking. Whilst in the height of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan opportunities for mountaineering were slim at best, he has been trying to make up for lost time in recent years. A keen and active member of the RAF Mountaineering Association he attends the majority of weekend meets where he can be found developing his own skills or helping others. When not with RAFMA he can often be found ‘encouraging’ his son into the world of mountaineering or being developed by his German climbing buddy. He is in charge of the RAF Honington climbing wall and club and can be found at the wall most evenings climbing or instructing. Also a keen skier he is currently rock climbing at around E1 grade and Scottish winter 5.

Squadron Leader Dan Graves
Expedition Member

Sqn Ldr Dan Graves joined the RAF in 1987 and the RAF Mountaineering Association in 1999. Following a 16 year career as a Biomedical Scientist he commissioned into the Medical Support Branch and currently serves at Defence Medical Services Whittington in Lichfield in a Force Generation Ops and Plans appointment.

Dan started climbing in Portland, North Wales and Avon George where he became a proficient seconder and belayed many good climbers and dragged himself up after them. Following a trekking trip in 1997 to the Himalayas with RNH Haslar the dream of expedition travel took hold. Many trips to the Alps and Scotland led to steady mountain skills and participation in the DMS medical research expedition to Bolivia in 2012 where summits of Pata Patani 5452m and Chachakumani 6074m were achieved whilst conducting medical research. Dan is greatly looking forward to returning to Nepal with BSDMRE 16, 19 years after his last visit.

Squadron Leader Gordon Henderson
Expedition Member

Gordon joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 as an Engineering Officer specialising in communications and electronics and has completed a wide range of tours throughout the UK. He has deployed to a number of Middle East countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently he deployed to southern Italy to support the Libya campaign. Gordon is currently undertaking an exchange tour with the United States Air Force in Texas where he is helping to develop the field of Cyberspace operations.

Gordon has always been a keen mountaineer and has been an active member of the Royal Air Force Mountaineering Association since joining the Service. He spent 5 years as a part time member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Team serving both at RAF Leuchars and RAF Leeming and it was during this time that his passion for climbing at altitude developed. Since this first trip to the Alps in 2008 with the MRT he has steadily increased his skills through trips to the Alps, Bolivia, Morocco and Nepal. When not climbing Gordon competes in Triathlon’s and is currently training for his next Ironman. He is married with a child and two dogs.

Colour Sergeant Rob Norris RM
Expedition Member

POPTI Paddy Dowling
High Altitude Development Team Member

Major Al Mason
Expedition Member

Staff Sergeant Ben Powell
Expedition Member

Lance Corporal Elisabeth Robinson
Expedition Member

Cpl Shawn Stock
Expedition Member


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