Michael Tschanz

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Michael Tschanz

Mike, a Colorado native, grew up with adventure in  his blood.  His experiences range from a 3-month expedition in the Australian Outback of Cape York to a self supported summit of 22,204’ Mt. Huscaran in Peru, to just about every opportunity his Colorado backyard can provide.  He is well versed in technical and downhill mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting/kayaking, and a variety of other sports.  A certified EMT, he is the team’s medic as well as the primary for mountaineering and the designated “Morale Sustainment Officer” for his unending sense of humor.  Mike’s concept of duty is all consuming.  A Desert Storm veteran, he is currently serving as an Infantry Captain in the reserves and working as a Fire Fighter in Lakewood, CO - a perfect combination for his never ending pursuit of adventure.  In chasing his tough guy image, he has earned 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals in the Colorado State Police and Fire Fighter Games in the Toughest Competitor Alive Competition.  

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Occupation: Firefighter/EMT-I/Captain, US Army Reserves

Athletic skills/ Training:

Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate, 23 day Mountaineering Course Outward Bound,  3 month Expedition to Cape York Australia, extensive experience in mountaineering, rock climbing/rapelling, orienteering, mountain biking, whitewater rafting/Kayaking. Numerous schools in the US Army, airborne, Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Basic course

Recent Competitive Rankings/Experience:


Appalachian Extreme, Bethel, ME  10th Place
Front Range Outdoor Group Backyard Challenge 7, 4th Place


Armed Forces ECO-Challenge
Colorado FROG Backyard Challenge 5, 3rd Place
Wasatch Adventure Race, 1st Place
Colorado FROG Backyard Challenge 6, 5th Place
Bataan Memorial Death March, 3rd Place


Durango Adventure Xstream, 1st 
  place, Duo Mens Catagory
Front Range outdoor group backyard 
  challange II, 3rd Place
Competitor in the World Police and Fire 
  games, 7 man Rugby team 4th place 

Adventure team Colorado FAWAP, 4th 


80 mile self supported sea kayak trip 
  Baja Mexico
Panama City Ironman Triathalon
24hr Moab Mountain Bike Race
Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race
Self supported successful summit of  
  22,204 ft Huscaran'  Peru.
Silver Medal in Toughest Competitor (a 
  7 event fitness competition) Colorado 
  Police and Fire Games.

Prior to 2000:

Ran the Imogene Pass run Ouray to telluride high 
  altitude 18 mile trail run 5 years consecutively. 
  Best time 3:06.

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