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Cho Oyu Team Arrives in Tibet

Text and photos: Zeb Blais

 

 

Since the vast majority of my expedition shopping was completed in Kathmandu, I spent the day exploring Lhasa. I’m meeting Brooks, my ski client, at the Lhasa airport tomorrow. We’ll head straight to Shigatse from there, then Cho Oyu Base Camp on the 13th if all goes as planned.

The highlight of the day was dropping in on a random restaurant from one of the tiny side streets in old part of town. My Chinese is horrible (I can usually get a hello and thank you across) and I was lucky to…

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Adventures in Bolivia

Words and images from guide Esteban “Topo” Mena

“Yeah!” Is the best word to describe all the fun we had last week!

Our adventure started with the summit of Pico Austria (5350m), from there we enjoyed awesome views of the rest of the cordillera and started visualizing the next days. On the following day, after an early alpine start we climbed the highlight of this part of the trip: Pequeño Alpamayo, a beautiful 5450m peak that offers a little bit of everything: stunning glaciers, knife-edge ridges and breath taking views of the cordillera. Although the mountain’s conditions were drier than…

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Bolivia Expedition Underway

Bolivia is wild. Our expedition to the adventurous and beautiful country is off to a great start with the team spending a little time in the high elevation city of La Paz before heading on to lake Titicaca. Here’s a first hand report from lead guide Topo Mena.

“Enjoying blue bird skies we left La Paz and headed to the Titicaca Lake. La Paz and its surroundings is at 4000m

(13,000′) so we want to take the first days easy. On the way to Copacabana, a beautiful lakeside town on Titicaca, we visited the ruins of Tiwanaku: the remains of an ancient culture that celebrated…

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Vodka & Caviar – Elbrus Expedition Underway

Taking in the culture.

The port city of St. Petersberg in Russia has welcomed our 2016 team with open arms. With such a rich history and beautiful architecture, the team of Chad, George, Henry and Fred spent today exploring the city while doing the all important work of getting over jet lag.

Chad wrote in this morning saying they spent time soaking in the culture visiting the great halls, museums and tombs of Russia’s most famous Czars. “Crazy history and amazing mansions of incredible wealth… makes you understand why the people revolted!”, Chad wrote. “Our city tour also…

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Everest Reflections

This thoughtful blog was written by guide Zeb Blais two days after their successful summit of Mt Everest. Enjoy the report. 

The last few days have been full of triumphs and tragedies on ‪#‎MountEverest‬. Lots of summits by climbers, guides and ‪#‎Sherpa‬ with and without oxygen. Lots of deaths and injuries.

Trudi and Bryan heading down from high camp after the summit. Photo: Zeb Blais

The triumphs have come through hard work, perseverance, patience and good decision making. I’m proud to say our @alpenglowexpeditions team made it, 100%, without frostbite, major altitude sickness or injury.

Solid preparation helped…

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#EverestNoFilter Summit Day

At 10pm local time the #EverestNoFilter team of Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards along with Palden Sherpa set out for the summit of Mt Everest from high camp on the North Side. Adrian and Cory are attempting the climb without supplemental oxygen. Palden will be climbing with the aid of supplemental oxygen.

See below for live updates:


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Everest Summit for #RapidAscent Team

At 04:16 local time on May 22, the team of Bryan Osoro & Trudi Seiwald led by Chad Peele and Zeb Blais along with the Sherpa team of Panuru, Pasang Rinji and Mingma Tchiring reached the summit of Mount Everest. The team moved fast from their camp at 8300m and gained the summit before the sun had even risen. They reported that the entire sky was lit up and took a few celebratory photos and enjoyed the view. Not 15 minutes later they were leaving the summit with smiles on their faces have touched the highest point on the planet.…

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Everest North Side 2016 – Update May 18

Cory Richards enjoying life at Advanced Base Camp

#RapidAscent Team Moving Higher

Alpenglow’s Rapid Ascent team has been enjoying life at Advanced Base Camp (21,000’/6400m) for a few days in order to fully recover and be ready for the next low wind period that will allow their summit push. The team was initially planning on leaving camp today however an unexpected burst of wind popped through on the forecast so they have decided to wait one more day for things to calm down

The team is targeting May 22 as their summit day. Other teams

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Everest North Side 2016 – Update for May 16

Everest North Side Update May 16

If you’ve been following along via social media you have likely seen that both teams have been enjoying very stable weather with all team members acclimatizing well. Daily updates can be found by following along on Snapchat – usernames @EverestNoFilter & @AlpenglowExped. Our guides also take amazing photos and upload every few days on Instagram. Follow them at @ZebBlais and @ChadPeele.

#RapidAscent Team resting in ABC

Alpenglow’s Rapid Ascent team of Bryan and Trudi led by all star Chad Peele and supported

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Everest North Side 2016 – Update for May 4

Let me start this blog off with a little public service announcement for all the climbing fans out there. If you have a smartphone, do yourself a favor and download Snapchat and create an account. You don’t have to do anything but follow EverestNoFilter and AlpenglowExped. This unique social media platform allows you to check in with our teams everyday, getting an intimate and unfiltered view of climbing life on the big E!

Ok, now on to the update…

Advance Base Camp on the North Side of Everest. 21,000′.

Everest Rapid Ascent

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