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Brad and Melissa near the summit of Kilimanjaro - 2009

Brad and Melissa near the summit of Kilimanjaro - 2009

Brad McQueen - Brad is an avid hiker and climber and is a partner in the Denver-based CPA firm, EKS&H, where he audits public and private companies in a variety of industries.  Brad is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver where he teaches auditing. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (340 Colorado 14er summits actually!) along with other mountains in the United States and abroad (Mt. Rainier, The Grand Teton, Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi & Antisana). He is a member of the American Alpine Club and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a leading statewide stewardship organization, and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, an organization working to protect and preserve Colorado’s highest peaks.


Melissa McQueen - Melissa is a passionate educator and outdoors person. She has climbed 21 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and 19,330-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in addition to attempts on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton. Her frostbite story was first told on Colorado Public Radio’s Here’s What Happened program and she was featured in Backpacker Magazine’s 2012 Survivor Edition. She unofficially holds large numbers of “firsts” and “speed records” for two-toed people. She is a member of the American Alpine Club and volunteers each summer with Big City Mountaineers, taking groups of inner city high school girls on their first backpacking trips.