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Swarner Expeditions & Adventures

At Swarner Expeditions & Adventures we don’t feel truly alive unless we are out testing our limits, taking risks and embarking on some new adventures. All of our packages are planned and guided by experienced trekking enthusiasts who keep you safe while taking you on an adventure of a lifetime.

Sean Swarner, CEO

Sean Swarner was the recipient of the Don’t Ever Give Up award presented by the Jimmy V Foundation and ESPN in 2007. He is a two-time cancer survivor who was first diagnosed at age 13 with Hodgkin’s Disease and later with Askin’s sarcoma. He was given just two weeks to live and is the only person in the world to ever have been diagnosed with both these deadly cancers and lived to tell the tale. He was more likely to win the lottery four times in a row with the same numbers then to have survived.

With only one lung, Sean became the first cancer survivor to summit Mount Everest. From there, he went on to complete the Seven Summits, as well as the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI, with a final time of 11:44:15. Sean’s full story can be read in his book Keep Climbing. In 2017 Sean became the first cancer survivor in history to complete the Adventure Grand Slam, as seen in True North: The Sean Swarner Story.

Prior to summiting Mount Everest, Sean created the Cancer Climbers Association, an organization aimed at bringing hope and the promise of a better life to cancer survivors and outdoor enthusiasts.

Sean graduated from Willard High School in Willard, OH, in 1993 and Westminster College in 1997.

Benjamin Ambrose

VP/Chief Operating Officer

Benjamin runs the day-to-day operations of Swarner Expeditions, creating world-class adventures and expeditions.

An avid climber, backpacker and adventurer since an early age, if he’s not in the office you can bet he’s out on a trail. Benjamin spent 17 years in the United States Marine Corps infantry and became the first U.S. Marine in history to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus. Benjamin currently resides in Washington, D.C. and studied International Affairs and Economics at Georgetown University.

Sarah Sutherland

Director of Marketing

Sarah works tirelessly to ensure our place in the world of climbing and adventures. Always excited and always smiling, Sarah is usually the first ambassador of Swarner Expeditions and Adventures that you will meet.

An avid climber, Sarah has successfully completed 8 14,000 foot climbs. She first met Swarner Expeditions when she successfully completed Mt. Kilimanjaro, her first of the Seven summits, and has been a vibrant member of our community ever since. Possessing an incredible passion of the outdoors, Sarah loves Alpine climbing, backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking.

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