Karl Egloff is Ecuador’s, and the world’s, fastest mountain climber. At Alta Andina, we affectionately refer to him as the human vicuña, as he thrives at high altitudes and in cold weather. At an early age, Karl’s father, a well respected swiss climber living in Ecuador, exposed Karl to the mountain. Before Karl got into speed climbing, he was a mountain biker where he amassed victories in Ecuador and competed in international competitions on behalf of his home country many times. Legend has it that once a friend said – “hey Karl, you should really try your luck on the mountain.” Mid athletic career, Karl started obliterating fastest known times on mountains around the world. In back to back years, Karl gained international notoriety by marking the fastest known time up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and the year after, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. Currently, Karl owns the fastest known time on several other mountains around the Andes and the world. For Alta Andina, Karl is more than a brand ambassador, Karl is inspiration.
Karl Karl prides himself as a family man and lives with his wife Adriana and child 2 year old Julian in Tumbaco, just outside of Quito, where he trains nearby in the Andes mountains. Check out his website.
Speed Climbing World Records
mts, 4hr 20min
mts, 11hr 52min
mts, 6hr 42min
mts, 11hr 00min
Cerro Plomo, Chile
mts, 5hr 55min
mts, 1hr 37min
Tyler Andrews is an American professional long distance and ultra-marathon runner. He is a world record holder in the track 50K, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2016 and 2020, and has established himself as a national caliber marathon runner and world-class ultra-marathoner. Tyler is the 3-time champion at the Vermont City Marathon, the course record holder at the Mohawk Hudson Marathon (2:15:52), and finished 2nd at the 50K World Championships in 2016. Additionally, Tyler holds the world record for the fastest half marathon run on a treadmill of 63:38.
Tyler’s path into the world of running was similar to any trail you may find in Ecuador or Peru, full of ups and downs. As a high school athlete, Tyler really only started running to fulfill his school’s athletic requirement; but in his senior year his new coach, Jon Waldron, inspired Tyler to take the sport more seriously and focus on self-improvement day-to-day. With a new desire to get better, Tyler spent the summer after graduating from high school training at high altitude in Quito, Ecuador.
He continued his training and racing when he attended Skidmore College the next year, despite having no cross country or track teams, before transferring to Tufts University to pursue an NCAA career and a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating from Tufts, Tyler felt called by the beautiful Ecuadorian mountains and high altitude terrain. He returned to Quito, working in a hostel and chasing the dream of becoming a professional runner, and serendipitously met his eventual business partners Ryan Hood and then Greg Krupa. Little did they both know their meeting would lead to their relationship at Alta Andina.
Through his time training at high altitude in Quito over the years, Tyler developed a love for the region. In 2011, he began working for STRIVE, a company which organizes programs for high school and college athletes to train at altitude, learn about Andean culture, and give back to local communities during the summers, just as he had done himself. Before his 8th summer in Peru with STRIVE, Tyler and his partner Mariana spent the spring back in Quito. During this stint, Ryan, Greg, and David Gamburd would work with Tyler to make him a partner in Alta Andina – the result of over a year of conversations between the group. Tyler’s love for training at high altitude made him a perfect fit as brand ambassador.