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Successful Climb and Summit of Everest

Their patience paid off! Both teams had a successful climb and summit of Everest during an almost perfect weather window.

The summit push really began when the teams left Camp 3 (27,390′ / 8300m). The #EverestNoFilter team (Adrian Ballinger, Cory Richards, “Topo” Esteban Mena, Mingma, Palden, and Pasang-Rinji) left C3 at 11:30pm on Friday May 26, Cory and Mingma left at 1:30am Saturday May 27.

Our Mount Everest North Side Rapid Ascent expedition team (Brooks Entwistle, Zeb Blais, Chad Peele, PaNuru, Dorji, Phurba, Nawang) left Camp 3 (27,390′ / 8300m) at 12:30am Saturday May 27 for their final summit push!

SUMMIT  at 5:43am on May 27…

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SUMMIT PUSH is happening!

The teams have been watching weather all month, and on May 21 the #EverestNoFilter team left Base Camp (17,000′ / 5200m) to begin their summit push!! Next stop was ABC (21,300′ / 6400m). Adrian and Cory were able to join the Alpenglow Rapid Ascent expedition team and celebrate Brooks Entwistle’s 50th birthday with him in ABC on May 22.

The teams are making good progress on their summit push! They left Advanced Base Camp yesterday (May 23) and arrived at North Col camp today, May 24.

“This is all that’s left. Climb. We leave ABC tomorrow. 24th…

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Patience, Skiing, and Good Vibes

Photos: Zeb Blais

Yesterday the Rapid Ascent team went for a ski tour up the East Rongbuk Glacier on Mount Everest. A fun way to pass time and train while they wait on a weather window!

 

Both teams, Rapid Ascent and EverestNoFilter, are still waiting for a good weather window for safe and successful summits. This is something that cannot be rushed.

 

Patience, respect, and experience lead to good decisions for the team as a whole. Working with the weather is part of the game on Everest and that’s one of the main reasons why…

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What Is the Big Deal With Everest Base Camp?

Photos & Text: Zeb Blais

 

“Flames shot up, licking the delicate nylon fabric of Bali’s jacket.  He was not dissuaded as another ball of fire came dangerously close to his flammable clothes.  Evidently this wasn’t his first time serving flambe chicken at Everest Base Camp.  I realize you’re thinking “why the &@#$ are they having flambe in the middle of the Tibetan plateau?  What is this place?”


I’ll admit that I was simultaneously impressed, terrified and curious why the &@#$ we were having flambe in the…

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Why Does It Take So Long To Climb Everest?

Text & Photos: Zeb Blais

“My heart pounded in my chest, overpowering the music blaring through my headphones.  I was skipping between large granite boulders, ascending a ridge line 3,000′ above Everest Base Camp.  I wasn’t scared.  I wasn’t moving fast.  At sea level, my heart wouldn’t have bothered itself to increase more than a few beats per minute.  At 6,000 meters (20,000′) on my first high hike above camp, it was a different story.  I could feel the thin air slowing me down and taxing my body.  If moving at 6,000 meters is this

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Mount Everest: The Routes

Text & Photo: Zeb Blais

Mount Everest: The Routes

Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.  It looms 29,035′ (8,848 meters) above sea level and sits directly on the border of Tibet and Nepal.  There are two commonly climbed routes up the mountain, the South Col Route and the Northeast Ridge.  

If you’re curious about what it takes to climb Mount Everest, check out The Road to Everest

The South Col Route.  

Teams start in Kathmandu and fly into Nepal’s Khumbu

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Updates From Everest Base Camp

The #RapidAscent team is getting some rest, planning acclimatization hikes, and watching the weather. The first rotation for the team is complete and our final climber arrived to Base Camp (17,000′ / 5200m) yesterday.

 

 

 

 

Both expedition teams continue to do almost daily acclimatization hikes. These hikes are a necessary part of the process and force the body to adapt to the environmental stresses they will continue to encounter.

The #EverestNoFilter team is currently living at Advanced Base Camp or ABC (21,300′ / 6400m) and will continue to do acclimatization hikes and rotations from there. The…

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#EverestNoFilter Wins a Webby Award

#EverestNoFilter has won a Webby Award in the Social – Sports category for last year’s expedition! The program beat out submissions from the NBA, NFL, WWE and others to take the top prize. Huge congrats to Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards! They are currently on the big mountain for #EverestNoFilter 2.0!

Follow along on Snapchat- everestnofilter, adrianjb & crichardsphoto, as well as Facebook (Adrian Ballinger & Cory Richards too), Instagram (adrianballinger & coryrichards) and Twitter (alpenglowexp & coryrichardsNG) !! And use this link to checkout the official #EverestNoFilter website. Stay tuned for frequent updates!

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Progress on the North Side

 

 The #EverestNoFilter team spent a week setting up Base Camp (17,000 / 5200m) and acclimatizing. They moved to Interim Camp (19,000′ / 5800m) and have continued to do acclimatization hikes from Interim, touching Advanced Base Camp or ABC (21,300′ / 6400m) and returning to Interim, but soon they will be living at ABC for probably about a month.

 

 

 

 

 

Interim Camp has an incredible location and is surrounded by penitentes (ice towers). This camp is between Base Camp (17,000′ / 5200m) and Advanced Base Camp (21,300′ / 6400m). The team will spend two nights acclimatizing…

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Everest Season Is Here

It’s officially Everest season for Alpenglow! Pictured here, lead guide Chad Peele and Zeb Blais with the their 2016 Everest clients, Trudi & Bryan. Chad and Zeb’s travel journey to Everest starts early tomorrow! Cheers to the beginning of another great Mount Everest North Side Rapid Ascent expedition..  ✈️ RNO (Reno) > SFO (San Francisco) > CTU (Chengdu) > LXA (Lhasa), and they will arrive in Lhasa on Monday, April 17!

And Topo Mena, he never ceases to amaze us! He just finished his last day of training, a quick jog on Cayambe (18,996′ / 5790m). However this was his final training day in Ecuador, because he…

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