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Expedition Team Explores Namche Bazaar

Text and photos: Chad Peele

 

” Today after omelettes, french press coffee and apple pancakes, the team made quick work of the steep hike into Namche Bazaar crushing all 4 miles and 2k elevation in under 4 hours! #strong!
The afternoon was filled with hot showers, relaxation and enjoying the magnificent views of this incredible village. 

 

 

Tomorrow we plan on doing a day hike to hopefully get some better views of the greater peaks of the Himalayas including Everest! After that we plan on finishing our day with more culture and…

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Expedition Team Update From Kathmandu

Text and photos: Chad Peele

Day 2:  ” Even though we are on the “Ama Dablam” expedition there is way more to experience than just the mountain!

Today our team rallied the chaotic bustling roads of Kathmandu and visited several historical temples seeing numerous amazing, odd and beautiful aspects of this culture rich city. Monkeys, holy men, cremation pyres and a kazillion residents stuffed inside tuk tuks and weaving thru on motor bikes. As much as I love the beauty of the Khumbu valley, Kathmandu is a city of wonder and excitement unmatched in my other travels.

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2016 Ama Dablam and Everest Base Camp Expedition Has Commenced

Text and photos: Chad Peele

” It’s official! Alpenglow Expedition’s 2016 Ama Dablam program is now under way. My jetlag is slowly subsiding and all team members including our Everest Base Camp Trekkers have safely arrived in Kathmandu. Today I finalized our last trip logistics by online chatting with our Sirdir Dorji who is currently in his home village of Phortse (gotta love technology right?!). We talked weather, conditions and confirmed that the proper gear and teammates are in position for a smooth transition for our arrival into Lukla and Ama base camp. 

Personally, I’m super stoked to get back…

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Successful Summit for Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent and Lightning Ascent Teams

They did it! On October 1, 2016 in sunny and warm conditions both our Rapid Ascent and lightning ascent expedition teams summited Cho Oyu (26,906′ / 8200m). (Lightning ascent is Adrian Ballinger’s vision of summiting an 8,000m peak in two weeks door to door from the United States)

The Rapid Ascent team of Brooks Entwistle, Panuru Sherpa and Palden Sherpa was led by Zeb Blais and reached the top before our lightning ascent team did. They left Camp 3 (24,250′ / 7400m) in the dark with Adrian reporting that they summited Cho “super fast” and in good style. Zeb skied the upper slopes in marginal snow…

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Quick Update for Cho Oyu Rapid and Lightning Ascents

Photo: Emily Harrington

 

The Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team, with lead guide Zeb Blais, is moving to C3 (24,250′ / 7400m) today, while the “lightning ascent” expedition team, Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington, is moving to C2 (23,290′ / 7100m) today. Given the time difference it is currently Friday the 30th in Tibet (15 hours ahead of PST). The teams will get whatever rest they can Friday afternoon/evening and then do a summit push together Friday night. Which means by this time “tomorrow” in California (PST time zone) both teams will be at the summit, with their skis and ready for the descent.

The plan was to sleep…

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Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent and “Lightning Ascent” Updates

Our Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team, led by Zeb Blais, is currently sleeping at C2 (23,290′ / 7100m) and our “lightning ascent” expedition team, Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington, is currently sleeping at C1 (20,600’ / 6280m). Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expedition’s founder, reported this morning that the current focus is on overall weather but also on a weather window for September 30 – October 1. The weather has kept many teams at Camp 2 (C2), many of which were anticipating to summit on September 28 or 29. This is causing the teams to stack up up high as they are waiting for the best conditions for their summit…

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Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent Expedition Leaving ABC for C1

 

Photos: Zeb Blais

Our Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team is leaving advanced base camp (ABC) at 18,530’ / 5650m for Camp 1 (C1) at 20,600’ / 6280m. Lead guide, Zeb Blais, reported this morning that they’ve been discussing weather, snowpack and other climbing teams over the last couple days. There are a few other teams that are looking to push up in front of them, which should be good to have the route to themselves on their summit day and through technical sections that can be slow, such as the ice cliff above C1 around 22,500′ / 6850m. All of these elements add to the puzzle…

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Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent Update

Photo: Zeb Blais

Our Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team is back in advanced base camp (ABC) at 18,530’ / 5650m. Lead guide, Zeb Blais, reported this morning that they are feeling good after a few rotations but they are ready for some rest days before the final push. Zeb said they got in some more skiing yesterday before arriving in ABC. The skiing and snow conditions are variable with a little bit of everything. He said there has also been a variety of weather as well, including some wind, new snow, and more precipitation coming in the next couple days.

Adrian Ballinger…

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Cho Oyu Expedition Updates

Our Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team is still feeling strong and currently enjoying a good night sleep at C1 (20,600’ / 6280m). Tomorrow they will continue on to C2 (23,290′ / 7100m) and cache skis, sleep one more night at C1, and then back down to advanced base camp (18,530’ / 5650m) the next day. We look forward to further updates and more photos when they reach ABC again.

On this morning’s check-in, Zeb reported that he and Brooks are feeling strong, have good appetites with no headaches or nausea. He said the weather has been a bit challenging but it looks like a weather window is…

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Cho Oyu Expedition update from Advanced Base Camp

Photos: Zeb Blais

Our Rapid Ascent Cho Oyu expedition team is currently well situated and comfortable in advanced base camp (18,530’ / 5650m). Lead guide Zeb Blais has been reporting on a daily basis, relaying that everyone is feeling great. There has been some weather coming through and the forecast looks to be a bit challenging in the coming days showing more precipitation before dry but windy conditions will return.

Resting, organizing and heading up:

After getting to ABC they rested and spent the time sorting gear, setting up tents and getting comfortable. Yesterday they went for an acclimatization cycle and…

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