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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!

For more information on this…

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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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Everest 2017 – Rapid Ascent and Everest No Filter

Well folks, it’s that time of year again! The winter is thawing and Everest is beginning to call our name. Alpenglow Expeditions has assembled another fantastic team of climbers, sherpa and guides who are all dreaming of summiting in 2017. Our entire team here at Alpenglow is in preparation mode, receiving shipments of new equipment almost daily as we check off our gear lists and continue to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Here’s a quick update on this year’s expeditions to the highest point in the world:

Guide Topo Mena putting in the hard word for Everest. Long runs…

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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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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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