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Reopening Guiding Operations in Tahoe National Forest

Photo: Logan Talbott teaching Intro to Mountaineering on Donner Summit. Students are learning to walk in crampons and how to use an ice axe.

 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Today, we are beyond excited to announce that we finally have a concrete plan for our first stage of reopening after the threat of COVID-19 forced our small business to close for almost 9 weeks. We are accepting reservations today!

 

A note from Owner & Lead Guide Logan Talbott

“In partnership with the US Forest Service, we’ve crafted a reopening plan that…

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Reopening Update

Can we open for rock climbing tomorrow?

Today Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled to release guidelines for the Phase 2 reopening of California. With certain modifications to our operations, we expect to be one of the first businesses to reopen in Lake Tahoe!

For those of you who are in need of a dose of adventure and outdoor fun, we’re currently taking reservations with a planned reopening to climb the Tahoe Via Ferrata (as soon as on May 16) as well as Donner Summit rock (as soon as Friday, May 8), pending clarity on those guidelines ofcourse.…

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5 Silver Linings from the Global Shutdown

We hope everyone is hanging in there alright. Whether you have an essential job or you are sheltering-in-place, life feels a little different for all of us right now. We know times are tough, so we thought it would be fun to share a couple of small silver linings that are coming out of the global shutdown. In our Alpenglow world, we have loved seeing the productive ways folks are coping with the situation and the creative ways they are making opportunities for themselves. Humans are incredibly and infinitely resourceful! Check it out:

 

#5: China Commits to Cleanup a Nearly Empty Everest

We’ve all heard…

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What’s new for the Tahoe Via in 2020?

Opening day is scheduled for May 16, so what’s new for the Tahoe Via in 2020?

 

We’re Building a New Route

With a low snow February, we’ve already been able to get out on the Tram Face and scout out a plan for a new route. Stay tuned for a release of details. The new route will be a 2.5-hour experience and will allow climbers to reach a special spot on Tram Face which had previously been inaccessible,

 

The Beast 2.0!

We have completely rebuilt the safari truck that we use to shuttle climbers up…

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Everest 2020 Canceled due to Fears of Coronavirus Hitting Base Camps

 

Everest 2020 Expedition Canceled

With a heavy heart, we are announcing the cancelation of our Everest 2020 expedition. Today China announced that it has shut down the Tibet side of Mt. Everest due to fears of Coronavirus hitting base camps, one of the most remote and inhospitable environments in the world.

Adrian Ballinger reports, “While I am saddened for all the hard work our members, guides, Sherpa, local staff, partners and office have put in, and that they and we won’t get to test ourselves on the highest playground in the world this year, I am…

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Choosing your Ice Axe

 

Part 2: If you grab your crampons, chances are you’ll want an ice axe too.

{Read Part 1:  How to Pick Crampons}

Ice Axes and Crampons often go hand in hand, and similarly to picking the right pair of crampons, choosing the proper ice axe will make your day in the mountains all the more successful. With ice axes, the use of the tool dictates the type of tool you need. A technical ice tool isn’t great for self arrest, and neither is a piolet for climbing steep ice. Below are some of our favorite activities,…

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Backcountry Skiing in Chile with Sydney Duncan

 

Sydney Duncan spends her winters in Tahoe as a ski guide, AIARE Avalanche Course instructor, and Squaw Valley ski patroller. In summer, she migrates north, alpine guiding on Shasta, Rainer, and Baker. This September, she’s gearing up to co-guide a backcountry ski trip to Chile, an adventurous backcountry ski destination that is off the beaten path.

Our newest ski expedition to the volcanic peaks of southern Chile is a great way for intermediate/advanced backcountry skiers to expand on the backcountry skills and experiences they’ve built in their home mountains. In the following interview, Syd gives us the…

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Let the Countdown to Everest Season Begin!

 

It’s time to talk about Everest

On paper, an expedition to the north side of Everest comprises of just 35 days on the Alpenglow Expeditions climbing calendar. That said, the reality for our team is that it’s actually a year-round endeavor. Preparations begin as soon as the last tent is removed from the mountain in the early summer. It takes half a year of logistics planning before boots can even set foot on the flanks of the mountain. Plus, every month of the year we’re training and climbing with clients on peaks across the world while they…

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How to pick Crampons?

 

While the use for crampons is all the same, not all crampons are created equally.

Some are made from aluminum, others from steel. Some have 8 points, others 14. In general, crampon selection can be best determined based on the terrain that you’re climbing. What we choose for walking on snow while ski mountaineering will be much different than when we head out to climb vertical waterfall ice. Below are some of our favorite activities, and the crampons we choose for each. Most crampons come with different attachment styles, which are dictated by the boots they’ll adhere…

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Backcountry Education: What’s the next step?

 

Advanced Resort Skiers/Beginner Backcountry Skiers & Riders

 

Step Zero: Advanced Ski/Riding Skills

Be able to ski black diamond runs and off-piste at the ski resort. You don’t have to jump off cliffs or anything, but you do need to be able to maneuver around complex unmarked obstacles in the backcountry. Don’t start thinking about heading into the backcountry until you are an advanced skier or rider.

 

Step 1: Try Backcountry Skiing or Riding for the First Time

– Intro to

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