Teva Mountain Games Announces Everest Award Finalists

The Teva Mountain Games announces the finalists for the third annual Everest Awards presented by Zest®, recognizing the year’s top adventure athletes in eight different categories.

The Teva Mountain Games announces the finalists for the third annual Everest Awards presented by Zest®, recognizing the year's top adventure athletes in eight different categories. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony on Friday, June 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

“Our selection panel faced a big challenge to narrow the long list of worthy nominations down to the top three male and female athletes in each category,” states event organizer Joel Heath of Untraditional Marketing. “We believe the accomplishments and achievements of these finalists set them apart.”

Known as the ‘Oscars of the Outdoor Industry,' the Everest Awards are presented to the male and female adventure sports athletes with the most outstanding achievements and accomplishments in the past year. This year's Everest Award nominations were submitted by the public via the Mountain Games website and the finalists were chosen by a panel of outdoor writers and experts, which will also choose the winners.

The Everest Awards ceremony at the Ford Amphitheater will be free and open to the public with donations benefiting the Waterkeeper Alliance. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Renowned Los Angeles singer-songwriter, Jay Nash, will provide musical entertainment after the awards ceremony.

2007 Everest Award Finalists

Male Trail Runner of the Year
Karl Meltzer, Anton Krupicka and Andy Ames

Female Trail Runner of the Year
NIkki Kimball, Darcy Africa and Diana Finkel

Male Mountain Biker of the Year
Chris Eatough, Duncan Riffle and Darren Berrecloth

Female Mountain Biker of the Year
Shonny Vanlandingham, Georgia Gould and Pua Sawicki

Female Paddler of the Year
Tanya Faux, Ruth Gordon and Emily Jackson

Male Paddler of the Year
Eric Jackson, Stephen Wright and Ben Stookesberry

Male Climber of the Year
Chris Sharma, Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson

Female Climber of the Year
Angie Payne, Alex Puccio and Lisa Rands

Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year
Josiah Middaugh, Aaron Prince and Michael Tobin

Female Multi-Sport of the Year
Sari Anderson, Sara Wallen and Melanie McQuaid

Expedition of the Year
Chris Davenport – Ski the 14ers (skied Colorado's 54 tallest peaks in one season)
Dean Karnazes – Endurance 50 (50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days)
Charlie Engle – Running the Sahara (ran 4,300 miles across the desert in 111 days)
Kit Deslauriers –Seven Summits (first person to ski from the peaks of the 7 summits)

Lifetime Achievement
Tobias Blanck
Toby Blanck was a filmmaker, event organizer and television producer who was a longtime friend to the Teva Mountain Games. Toby had an unrivaled passion for the outdoors and his work in the industry helped to make adventure athletes and sports more successful by introducing them to a mainstream audience. Toby's parents will accept the Everest Award on Friday night in his honor.

The Advocates Award
Seth Warren and Tyler Brandt for the Oil + Water Project
Kayakers Warren and Brandt successfully navigated an overland journey throughout the Americas in a converted Japanese fire truck that ran entirely on Bio-fuels while pro-actively spreading alternative fuels information to local populations. The kayakers paddled 37 rivers and completed a total of six US Embassy visits/presentations, visited 32 schools with 9,455 students, as well as held press conferences in 14 major cities and appeared on numerous national television outlets throughout their journey.

About the Mountain Games
Now in its sixth year, the Mountain Games features 20 different amateur and professional organic action sports competitions including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, trail running and fly-fishing. The event also features outdoor film and photography contests, the annual Everest Awards, an interactive expo and demo area, live music and parties for both athletes and spectators alike. For more information, contact Joel Heath at or visit