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Everest is Here!

Two mountaineers navigating a glacier on a Gasherbrum II Expedition

After 2 years of planning, and fifteen years or so of dreaming, Everest is finally here. I leave on Tuesday for Kathmandu where I meet the Himalayan Experience team I will be guiding. All signs are already to pointing to a great season on the World’s tallest mountain. The snows through the winter have been light, and satellite imagery of the peak and surrounding area suggest cold temps and little snow. Our team is shaping up to be fun and…sizeable – we have 26 members, 7 guides, and a film crew from Tigress Productions (filming season three of Everest: Beyond the Limit, for the Discovery Channel).

While the tv show is not expected to air until this fall, we will be blogging as close to live as possible here on the Alpenglow site. So check back regularly for stories and photos. And for those who Twitter, get even more up-to-date posts from there. My Twitter name is adrianjb, and I will tweeting as much as possible from my satellite phone on the mountain.

More about the team, the route, and the schedule in my next post. For now it’s back to fattening up with pizza, beer, and ice cream – the best type of training I can imagine!

-Adrian Ballinger