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Sean Burch is an award-winning filmmaker, explorer and conservationist holding 8 world records spanning 6 countries and 5 continents, winner of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV show, 1st Virginian to summit Mt. Everest, founder and principal of Khumbu Productions, author of the acclaimed self-help book and program Hyperfitness®: 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest (Penguin Random House), designer and co-owner of the world's first mental fitness superfood, KA!, and creator of the revolutionary lifestyle program specifically designed for Generation X (Launching 2023).
Sean is a personal development and leadership specialist for Fortune 500 companies and institutions around the world. He has over 25 years experience as founder of the USA's 1st functional fitness program to ever receive national attention with a cover and feature (USA Today front-page feature, 19Dec 2002, 'Go Hard or Go Home'). He has over 130 first ascents of previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of which 117 were accomplished solo. For over 25 years Sean has been a master fitness instructor for Olympic and professional athletes, govt. special operations community, military, and working professionals.
Sean was named Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their Government for his humanitarian work in their country, and awarded Brand Personality of the Year by the Asia Pacific Foundation. His documentarian and photography work has been featured in news organizations including: BBC, AP, Reuters, CNN, CNNi, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX world news outlets.
Sean has generated over $1 million dollars for third-world countries and collaborated with non-profit organizations including The World Wildlife Fund, Nepal Trust, Love Hope Strength Foundation, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Fujisan Club of Japan, Children’s Welfare Institutes (CWI) & orphanages in Tibet, and the Himalayan Rescue Association.
Sean has been studying and instructing mixed martial arts for over 30 years. He obtained a blackbelt in American Shotokan Karate, and is a certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts, as well as an Explorer's Club member.
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
"ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP EXTREME ADVENTURERS"
National Geographic Society
“MOUNTAINTOP MARVEL ADVENTURER”
"HE IS USA’S MR. EXTREME"
“HIS ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS"
BBC World News
•Winner: National Geographic Channel's Ultimate Survival Alaska Show
•World Record: Most First Ascents Onsight Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Nepal: 31
•World Record: Most First Ascents Onsight Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Mongolia: 23
•World Record: Fastest Crossing of Nepal (Completed via Himalaya range), Unexplored Regions: 49 days, 6 hrs, 8 min
•World Record: Fastest Winter Ascent Mt. Fuji, Japan: 4:05:42
•World Record: Most First Ascents Onsight Unclimbed Peaks, Solo, Unexplored Regions, Tibet: 63 Summits, 23 Days
•World Record: Fastest Ascent Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: 5:28:48
•World Record: Fastest Time Northern Most Marathon (First Marathon & Wearing Snowshoes), North Pole: 3:43:17
•World Record: Jump Rope at Altitude: 26,181ft., Mt. Everest
•Mt. Everest (29,035ft): Summit, Solo, Nepal
•First Place: North Pole Marathon
•USA Record Speed Ascent: Aconcagua (22,841ft.), Solo, Argentina, Highest Peak Southern & Western Hemisphere
•First Ascents: Unexplored Mountain Areas, East Greenland: 14 1st Ascents Onsight, 2 Solo 1st Ascents Onsight
•Shishapangma (26,552ft.): Summit, Tibet
•First Ascents: Multiple, St. Elias Range, Alaska