Alton C. Byers

A National Geographic explorer, Alton C. Byers is a mountain geographer, photographer, writer, and climber with more than thirty years of experience working in major mountain regions throughout the world. His areas of expertise include applied research, community-based alpine conservation and restoration methods, and climate-change impacts in high mountain environments. In 1990 Byers joined the Mountain Institute (, where he is Director of Science and Exploration, and has since lived and worked in Nepal, Peru, and West Virginia directing various programs for the organization. Among other awards he is the recipient of the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal from the Nepali NGO Mountain Legacy.

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