About the author
Mike Farris has over twenty years experience as a college biology professor and has taught a wide range of subjects to scientists and non-scientists alike. Mike has taught human biology to hundreds of non-scientists over the years; this is where he learned how to take complex science and make it accessible to the non-scientists out there.
In addition, he has thirty years of experience climbing, hiking, and trekking around the world.
He has spent several months above 5000m (17,000 ft), and made ascents to 8000m on Kangjenjunga, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum II. In 2008, he led an attempt on K2. One team member summited and all members returned safely and helped in the rescue of lost and injured climbers. In 2009 he summited Mount Everest without teammates or Sherpa support, but suffered frostbite descending to his high camp.
Mike is a two-time finisher of the Hardrock 100 Trail Run and a finisher of the Leadville Trail 100 Run. He has run dozens of other marathons and ultramarathons.