Defining industry standards for safety and success, S2Kilimanjaro is a team of world class mountaineers dedicated to you. Our North American and Tanzanian guides along with an amazing support team have combined experience amounting to thousands of successful summits. At 19344 ft., Kilimanjaro is an accessible, entry level peak. Your journey to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa begins here. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
North American Team
Jeff Reynolds / Mountain Guide Jeff began his rock climbing career in Canada at age 14 and began instructing at 16. His passion for climbing quickly evolved into ice climbing and high alpine mountaineering. In over 40 years of climbing, Jeff has successfully organized and led hundreds of back-country, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions in South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has climbed the Seven Summits and many of the world’s highest and most isolated peaks, including free solo ascents of mixed-routes in Patagonia, new routes in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, the Altai Range in Mongolia, and the Sentinel Range in Antarctica.
Jeff served as both an enlisted U.S. Army soldier and Air Force officer. He is also an environmental law and natural resource attorney. The diverse skills and leadership experience Jeff brings to the planning and execution of an expedition are unique, resulting in a remarkable degree of success on expeditions to the world’s most challenging and extreme environments, including Congo, Papua, Northern Bolivia, Nepal, and other isolated areas where external support is unavailable.
Lee Klopfer / Mountain Guide Lee began climbing in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York as a teen-ager where his inspiration for backcountry adventure grew into mountaineering, down-hill ski racing and white water kayaking. A highly valued member of S2, Lee is a professional Ski Patroller and Emergency Medical Technician with over 20 years of experience. He possesses advanced skills in Emergency/Wilderness medicine, high angle rescue, avalanche awareness and rescue, and backcountry skiing. Lee’s mountaineering experience includes many of the most sought after routes in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and other North American peaks. His high alpine career has taken him to impressive locations around the world, including Aconcagua in South America, Mt. Kenya & Kilimanjaro in Africa, Denali in Alaska and Pumori in Nepal.
Lee is also an award-winning professional outdoor photographer. His images have appeared in publications such as Outside, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Paddler, Climbing and Rock & Ice.
Liam Keane / Mountain Guide Liam grew up farming on the west coast of Ireland, where his love of the outdoors and nature inspired him to explore the scenic mountains throughout his native country and mainland Europe. Moving to North Carolina in 2001, Liam’s quest for the back-country and hard-core fitness grew into international marathon and adventure running.
Liam began his mountaineering career in 1999 and joined S2Kilimanjaro in 2015. A veteran of expedition climbing, Liam has successfully led and supported climbing teams in Mexico, Nepal, Tanzania, the United States and a number of European locations. Possessing a powerful combination of experience in endurance fitness and mountaineering, Liam’s understanding of acclimatization and performance at high altitude is exceptional.
Liam is also a mechanical engineer, working in the design and development field for heavy earth moving equipment. His professionalism, passion for quality and attention to detail benefit team members and contribute to the safety and success that is the mantra of S2 Mountaineering.
Lara Dresser / Logistics Manager Growing up in California and Oregon, Lara connected to the aesthetics of rock climbing early in her childhood. Inspired by visits to Yosemite in the 1970’s and the great traditionalists of the time, Lara describes the experience, “I’ll never forget how enthralled I felt watching these scrappy and wild climbers pushing the limits of human ability on those spectacular granite walls. They were bigger than life and represented a sense of freedom I wanted to bring into my own life.” Years into her climbing career, Lara would find herself back in Yosemite climbing the same routes she dreamed of as a child. Her climbing career has also taken her to Patagonia and numerous rock walls in North America. The adventure and excitement of the climbing life brings Lara to S2Kilimanjaro. In addition to being our Logistics Manager, Lara provides back-country skill training and leads conditioning treks for members preparing for their ascent of Kilimanjaro.
Armed with a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Library and Information Science, Lara brings over 15 years of professional experience to S2. She manages all organizational, administrative and technical operations. She also enjoys ice climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, and mountaineering.
Saloni Sharma / Project Darasani Liaison Saloni is the founding member and President of Project Darasani, a student run, non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to Tanzania’s most vulnerable and at risk children. The word “darasani” means “classroom” in the Swahili language. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Project Darasani began its work in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) organization operated entirely by volunteers in the United States and Tanzania. Volunteers take action at the grass-roots level by providing school supplies and funding enrollment for children in local schools. S2Kilimanjaro is proud to be a part of Saloni’s team and the Project Darasani mission. To learn more about Project Darasani, we hope you’ll visit them at http://www.Project-Darasani.com.