Musey Ready to Bag World's Tallest Peak

Armand Musey, well-known in satellite circles for his work on Wall Street, is taking up a massive challenge this spring.

Musey will attempt to climb Mt. Everest. He leaves for Asia today, and hopes to summit the world's highest peak sometime in May.

Musey, an avid climber since graduating from business school in 1995, is paying the entire cost of his Mt. Everest endeavor out of his own funds. As part of the trip, however, Musey is raising donations that will go the American Red Cross and its International Response Fund.

Musey has won solid industry support for his Red Cross support.

So far, global satellite operators SES and Intelsat have signed on as challenge sponsors at the "Summit" level. Dulles-based GeoEye, a satellite imaging company, is a "Katmandu" level sponsor. Iridium and Vizada are donating SIM cards for phone and BGAN applications that will enable Musey to send reports, photos and maintain a blog of his summit attempt. PR firm Longbottom Communications also is lending support to the expedition.

For several years, Musey built a strong reputation as a securities analyst in the telecommunications and satellite industries. He was lead industry analyst at Bank of America and later Solomon Smith Barney. In 2003 he partnered with a colleague to form the boutique investment banking firm Near Earth, LLC. Musey left the presidency of Near Earth in 2007 to train full-time for his attempt to scale Mt. Everest.