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Rest Day for Aconcagua Team

Yesterday our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team was back in C1 (16,000′ / 4877 m). They took a hike to the 17,600′ saddle below C2 (Camp 2). The team is feeling good, and will take a rest day in C1 today. Tomorrow they will move to C2 (17,900′ / 5456m).  #AdventureDoneRight

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Aconcagua Team Moves From BC to C1

Our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expedition team is making great progress! Pictured here is the team in basecamp (13,800′ / 4206m) this morning, just before they departed for C1 (16,568′ / 5050m)

From our basecamp, they will spend the next six days placing and stocking three camps and progressively moving up the mountain. During this time they utilize a method of “climbing high and sleeping low” to help acclimate. The highest camp is placed at 19,580′ / 5968m, and when they arrive there they will be ready for their summit bid. Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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January Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Our first January expedition is off to a great start! The Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team arrived safely and they are already enjoying the good food and warm temperatures in Argentina. Everyone is feeling good and looking forward to getting higher in the mountains. The team got their permits, and left Mendoza for the town of Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m). The town of Penitentes sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into Aconcagua. This photo was taken in Uspallata en route to Penitentes. Once they arrived they spent a couple of hours organizing equipment and food for their climb and then they took a helicopter to base …

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Successful Summits On All December Expeditions

 

ECUADOR CLIMBING SCHOOL (photos and text: Logan Talbott)

Successful Cayambe Summit!  “On Friday we left the Refugio at midnight and made our way up the mountain. We had almost every sort of weather- frigid temps, wind, snow, hot sun, white out and perfect clear skies. We topped out at 9:30am, and had 360 views in all directions. Perfect, amazing summit (18,996′ / 5790m). Nine minutes later we couldn’t see ten feet!” Pictured here are Tom, Eli, lead guide Logan, lead guide Topo and Matt.

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It’s Still Summit Season!

 

Yesterday the Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team hiked up to Cerro Colorado (15,500′ / 4724m) just behind Base Camp. They enjoyed great views of the Polish Glacier and the South Face as well. The team is moving to C1 (Camp 1) today and they plan to summit on Tuesday, weather permitting. The team members all feel good and strong for their summit push of Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m).

Despite the strong winds and cold temps, the Volcanoes of Mexico Climbing School team summited Iztaccihuatl (17,154′ / 5229m) yesterday. The team is currently in the town of Puebla and enjoying a …

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International December Expeditions

Alpenglow Expeditions currently has three international expeditions taking place. We have one Rapid Ascent expedition on Aconcagua near Mendoza, Argentina (14 days), and also two climbing schools, one in Mexico (9 days) and one in Ecuador (9 days + optional extension).

The Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team arrived safely and they are already enjoying the good food of Argentina. Everyone is feeling good and looking forward to getting higher in the mountains. The team got their permits, and left Mendoza for the town of Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m). Los Penitentes sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into …

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Why Choose Rapid Ascent?

RAPID ASCENT 

Rapid Ascent is a unique program developed by Alpenglow Expeditions that combines the relatively new application of hypoxic training with precise logistics and small team sizes. These components greatly increase the chance of success while reducing the overall time spent away from home on an international expedition.

The process begins at home, where you utilize a hypoxic tent while sleeping. These tents are provided by Alpenglow Expeditions and the rental is included within the expedition price. Slowly over a few weeks time, and with remote observation from our expedition doctor Monica Piris, you’ll change the oxygen levels of …

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Successful Ama Dablam Summit Expedition

Text and photos: Chad Peele

“Omg!..we had an amazing summit push with incredible weather! In clear sunny skies we moved thru 90% of the technical terrain climbing thru rock snow and ice. With the help of our talented sherpa climbing team we established high camp at 2.7 and had a well deserved rest.

In the cold darkness the following morning, we downed some coffee and a quick hot breakfast and suited up for our final push to the summit. The route was challenging with several vertical snow and ice pitches but things eased off as we approached the final snow headwall. …

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Tibet’s New Mountaineering Center

Photos: Cory Richards

Recently we chatted with Alpenglow Expeditions founder/owner, Adrian Ballinger. Earlier this month he posted some exciting news on his social media channels, next year Tibet will begin construction on a mountaineering center in the Qomolangma (Mount Everest) region. We asked Adrian to explain why this is so exciting and who will benefit from the mountaineering center. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation:

What are the biggest benefits of this center?
AB: “1. Way above and beyond anything else – helicopter rescue. Rescue services for Alpenglow teams are already quite good on the North Side of Everest (thanks to …

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Ama Dablam Expedition Update

Photos: Chad Peele

 

 

 

 

 

 

All is good! Our Ama Dablam expedition team is currently at Camp 1  (18,370′ / 5600m), they will touch Camp 2 (19,350′ / 5900m) tomorrow and sleep at Camp 1 (C1) again tomorrow night. And then back to base camp on Tuesday. They’ve had a good couple of days!

Weather forecast looks good. Also they said the route looks great and is in incredible shape. Lead guide, Chad Peele, said it’s the best he’s seen it…including the anchors, ropes and snow/rock conditions.

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