John Quillen-climber, public speaker, writer, columnist for Cityview Magazine
Raised in the hills of East Tennessee, John heeded the call of the mountains at an early age. Always tromping through the streams and hollers, it was a hiking trip to Mt. Leconte at age 9 that sealed the deal. From that point, little else seemed to matter. Everything involved nature's spires.
At age 51, Quillen summited Mt. Everest, but his journey was far from a one off. It was a dream that took him around the world, on four major Himalayan Expeditions and to the top of some of Earth's most coveted peaks. It also involved a great deal of danger, the tragic loss of climbing partners and the publication of two books.
John's resume in the hills include:
Cerro Bonetti, Argentina
Rainier, United States
Long's Peak United States
Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador
Guagua Pichincha, Ecuador
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
La Malinche, Mexico
Knoxville News Sentinel Coverage,
Citizen Tribune Story
Blue Ridge Outdoors Article-Blood in the Snow
Legacy Parks Podcast Interview