ROGER KOVARY: Roger is the founder, tour organizer and mountain guide for CLIMB ECUADOR. He is 61 years of age and a native New Yorker. He is a 1979 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where he majored in Spanish literature, and a 1996 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. In 1978, he lived in Granada, Spain and studied at the University of Granada. As a result of his travels and studies, Roger is fluent in Spanish. He has been an avid backpacker, hiker and mountain climber for the past 30 years. He has climbed Mt. McKinley in Alaska, Mt. Rainier in Washington, Mt. Whitney in California, a number of 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and many mountains in the northeastern United States. For the past 20 years, Roger has traveled and climbed in South America. He summitted Aconcagua (22,841 feet) in Argentina in January 2005. In Ecuador, he has climbed Chimborazo (20,703 ft.), Cotopaxi (19,348 ft.), Iliniza Norte, Carihairazo, Tungurahua, Sincholagua, Rumiñahui, Corazon, Cotacachi, Imbabura, Rucu Pichincha, Guagua Pichincha and Pasachoa. In Bolivia, he has climbed Illimani (21,125 feet), Huayna Potosi (19,974 ft.), Pequeño Alpamayo (17,618 ft.) and Tarija. In Peru, he has climbed Huascarán (22,205 ft.), Chopicalqui (20,841 ft.), Pisco (18,867 ft.), Ishinca (18,138 ft.) and Urus (18,023 ft.). In Mexico, he has climbed La Malinche (14,640 feet), Ixta (17,126 feet) and Pico de Orizaba (18,405 feet). In Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica he has climbed all the volcanoes on the CE itinerary. Roger dedicates himself to improving upon all CLIMB ECUADOR trips with each passing season. Roger uses local help, exclusively, for all of CE’s trips.