From Tel Aviv to the summit of Mount Everest
Born to immigrant parents that survived the Holocaust, Doron grew up on flatlands of the Tel Aviv area but always yearned for the mountains and from a very early age took an active interest in all things concerned with mountains, climbing and the outdoors. In his youth he explored extensively Israel's hills and deserts.

In 1978, just before being inducted to army service, he first visited Nepal and trekked in the remote Rolwaling district. There he got his first glimpse of Mount Everest and was determined to return to climb in the Himalayan peaks.

Doron served in the Special Forces in the Israeli Army and his experiences there helped to prepare him for future climbing expeditions - rigorous training, meticulous planning, decision making under pressure and the power of friendship and team work when facing hardship and danger.

After completing his army service, he trained at a Swiss climbing school and spent the next year climbing extensively in the French and Swiss Alps.
After returning to Israel, he studied Geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since graduation, he has devoted his time to climbing in remote areas of the world.

In 1986 he led the first ever Israeli climbing expedition to the Himalayas to climb Makalu, and though they got within 240 meters from the summit, bad weather and high winds forced them down.

In 1987, he was the first Israeli to summit Mount McKinley and in 1989 lead the first Israeli expedition allowed to climb in communist Russia. They reached the summit of Kojenevskaya Peak in the Pamir range (7038 meter) whilst accompanied by K.G.B. agents all the way to base camp!

In 1992, he became the first Israeli to summit Mount Everest and during the next years completed climbing the "7 Summits", climbing the highest peak on each continent.

Over the years, Doron has continued to climb and guide extensively in Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Africa and South America, as well as to kayak in northwest Greenland and dog sled in Baffin Island with an Inuit group.

In addition, Doron takes an active part in alpine rescue operations including the search for survivors of an expedition to Lenin Peak that were buried under an avalanche in the summer of 1990 - the largest disaster in climbing history.

Doron has used his skills and activities to further links between Israeli athletes and foreign clubs as well as introducing mentally challenged youths to the experience of achieving goals through trekking to Everest base camp.

Doron is an established speaker both in Israel and abroad using the story of his experiences to motivate people to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

In addition to these activities, Doron has produced over 20 features documenting his trips for the Israeli television and has published a book and numerous articles about his exploits.

In 2004 Doron Erel established "Breaking the Ice" an international non-profit organization dedicated to pursuing conflict resolution through experience-based outdoor activities.
Within this organization, he initiated and led the first joint Israeli - Palestinian climbing expedition. A group of 8 Palestinian and Israelis embarked on a two month journey to Antarctica, crossing the Southern Ocean in a small sailboat and climbing an unclimbed peak and christening it "The Mountain of Israeli-Palestinian Friendship".
For that achievement Doron received a sports diplomacy award from the Washington based NGO "Search for Common Ground" recognizing his unique approach to conflict resolution.

In addition, an ongoing co-operation with other organizations was established, most notably the organization for experiential education, Outward Bound, North Carolina and also Haifa University. A yearly program of Israeli- Palestinian joint outdoor activities had been established to foster coexistence and leadership. In addition, Doron is a board member of a NGO dedicated to helping youth at risk.

Recently, together with his eldest son, Doron has established a wilderness activities center in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, offering a unique outdoor experience in a breathtaking and isolated environment. http://www.nuktessli.com

Doron lives with his wife and three sons in a farming community in Israel.
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