Ted Callahan has been with Mountain Madness since 2000, leading expeditions in the Cascades, the Caucasus, the Andes, the Nepalese Himalaya, and the Pamir Mountains of China. In addition to guiding, Ted is an anthropologist and since 2006 has conducted research among Kyrgyz yak-raising nomads in the Pamir/Tian Shan regions of Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. A Fellow of the Explorers Club, Ted is also a published writer and his articles have appeared in numerous magazines. He speaks Chinese, Spanish, Kyrgyz and Persian. In 2016, Ted and his partner were awarded grants from the New Zealand Alpine Club and the Mount Everest Foundation to attempt a new route alpine style linking two 7000m peaks in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush.