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Kilimanjaro Climb Has Begun!

Yesterday, the team climbed from the gate of the Rongai Route at 6000′ to the First Cave Camp at 9000′ and will continue hiking today for about eight hours to Camp Kikelewa at 12,000′. With the snow line of this El Nino year being particularly low at about 16,000′, the views have been spectacular. Everyone is healthy and having fun and we’ll hopefully get another report soon!…

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Rope Fixing and Summits

May 5 was a special day – for me, our rope fixing sherpa, and all of the climbers waiting for their chance at Everest’s summit. After hours of studying weather maps and the jet stream, Russell Brice made the call that May 4 and 5 would give ideal weather for fixing rope to the summit. A team of 9 sherpa was put together, 3 from our team (HimEx), three from IMG, and three from AAI. Together they would fix almost 2000 meters of rope above 8000 meters, meeting at Camp II on the 3rd, then fixing to the Balcony on…

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First Summits of the Season!!!

Here’s a short update from a thrilled Adrian:

I am back in BC after a pretty amazing day yesterday. I summited Everest with the rope fixing Sherpa! Totally unexpected, the timing just worked well, and the 9 Sherpa who fix to the summit were excited to have a western guide along to work on replacing anchors, bolting, and cleaning old ropes. It was the perfect day; only the 10 of us on the summit, great weather (worked all day in leather gloves at 29,000′), and over an hour on the summit. And we worked our tails off – cut down…

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