Hannes, 33, has developed the project and has been doing research in the Himalayas for years. His passion for exploration lead him to more than a dozen expeditions. By the “Trail of Change” he combines his interests in natural and cultural development with his creativity. His 2013 founded company Third Pole establishes a roof for his visions and entrepreneurial skills in the fields of expeditions, media and marketing.
Nils, 31, a Third-Pole employee from the very beginning, apart from being Hannes’ former flat-share-fellow and tent mate, is the deputy leader of the “Trail of Change” expeditions. Nils, too, covers almost eleven years of Himalayas’ experience and has been especially occupied with filming in the mountains in recent years. Therefore he is responsible for the technical and conceptual on-site film production.
Fritz, 31, studied Geography with Hannes and Nils in Göttingen. Always up for an adventure, he gladly joins the team after having discovered his interest for the Himalayas last year while traveling in the Khumbu region all by himself for 1.5 months to take high-resolution pictures of high mountain faces. His passion for new technologies and uncommon approaches will reflect in the development of map prototypes for virtual field trips as well as gigapixel images along the way.
Fabian, 29, is responsible for both photography and online communication. Thus he created, among other things, this very blog and the communication concept for the “Trail of Change”-project. Until now he has been a long-distance hiker primarily, always carrying his camera. This year’s Damodar-expedition is his high-altitude debut. That’s why he’s happy to be behind the lense most of the time, so he won’t have to edit his dark circles in the pictures.
Lars, 34, a born Black Forester, is quite happy to be moving into the direct proximity of his favorite playground, the Austrian Alps, by 2014. He is the leader of mountaineering on the 2013 expedition and will consequently have to rescue the others from crevasses. Lars has lots of Himalayas’ experience as well. In 2009, already together with Hannes and Nils, he was rained in in late monsoon, before doing a large round of the Khumbu on his own.