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Ixta!

The Alpenglow team in Mexico began their trip by exploring Mexico City, followed by a day of travel to the mountains. They went for an acclimatization hike today up to 14,000′ and will sleep tonight in a hut at 12,500′. Everyone is healthy, happy, and strong with plans to get to High Camp (15,200′) tomorrow and the summit of Iztaccihuatl (aka Ixta, 17,154′) on Wednesday! We’ll let you know as soon as we get word on their summit bid.

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All Summit Orizaba!

After enduring extraordinarily high winds on Ixta, the team was given a break with mere 50 mph winds on Orizaba! Although the gusts remained high, the skies were clear, and the entire team was able to summit at around 8:30 am on Saturday after climbing 4200 vertical feet in about 7 hours. A tequila-fueled fiesta in Puebla hit the spot last night before traveling back to Mexico City today to catch flights home.

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Everest, Beyond the Limit, Season 3

Discovery Channel has finally announced the schedule for Everest- Beyond the Limit, Season 3. I promise I will not be featured, so you should be able to enjoy the show without distractions from me!

Premiere schedule in USA as follows:
Sun, Dec 27: 8-11pm EST (3 hour premiere)
Wed, Dec 30: 9-11pm EST (2 hour premiere, my summit is in show from 9-10)

Enjoy!
-Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions

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Kilimanjaro Approaches

I have spent the last four New Year’s Eves on the flanks of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and this year will be no exception. But there is a bit of a twist to this year’s trip. My sister Michelle will be joining the team and attempting the summit! This is her second foray to altitude (she summited Cotopaxi in Ecuador with me 5 or 6 years ago) – she performed fantastically last time, but swore she would never do it again. Luckily, selective amnesia has had its normal effect, and she is back for more. Since students from her class…

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All Summit Kili in Perfect Weather!

A snowstorm swept over the mountain leaving a pristine blanket of white as low as 12,500′. With impeccable timing, the storm broke at 8pm on the 3rd and by this morning at 7am the team stood at 19,341′ on top of Kilimanjaro with blue skies and no wind. They began their descent after some time on the summit and will check in with more info and images when they return to camp. Congratulations to all members of this remarkably strong team!

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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari, 2010

What better way to start 2010 than by climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, and then going game viewing in the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. I am writing this dispatch from our hotel in the Crater, looking out on the sun setting and countless animals wandering across the grasslands of the interior of the crater.

It is a bit difficult to stay focused on this dispatch with that kind of a view, but here goes.

On January 4 at 7:15 am our entire group of nine stood on the roof of Africa, at 19,341 feet on Kilimanjaro. It…

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Chamonix 2010!

It’s been another incredible season here in Chamonix, and hard to believe it is almost time already to leave for the spring Himalaya season. Time in the Alps always flies by, and this season has been no exception. Snow and coverage has been top notch in 2010 – all the famous ski routes have been in all the way down to the valley, avalanche hazard has been low, and we have even had our share of sunny days.

One of the real benefits of basing out of Chamonix for skiing is the incredible variety of terrain and options regardless of…

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Everest Begins!

The team has assembled and the Himalayan climbing season has begun! 18 climbing members, 5 guides, 1 doctor, 22 Sherpa, 8 base camp staff, and 8 trekkers are feeling strong in Namche Bazaar and are heading up the Khumbu Valley. They are taking their time, enjoying the villages and views, and expect to be in Base Camp around April 10. We’ll have more info soon!…

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Dingboche and BC Bound

 

7 days into our trek to Everest, we are taking a rest day in Dingboche, at 14,500 feet. It’s a beautiful town, completely surrounded by big peaks, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Tawache, Cholatse, and many more. It’s a climber’s candy shop – spend 2 or 3 days here and you will have chosen a lifetime of climbing lines you want to attempt.

But when the summit of Everest is your goal, you have to practice patience and reserve. Instead of racing up the local peaks,…

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Everest Base Camp Fun!

Well, we are finally here and settling in at 17, 500 feet in Everest Basecamp. We actually arrived a week ago, on April 10, so lots has been going on. By now we feel strong and healthy again as our bodies acclimatize. We can eat, drink, and move around camp normally now, a nice change from our first days here. And so, it is actually time to leave again and go higher! Like last year, we will be doing most of our early acclimatization (to 20,000 feet) on another peak in the valley, called Lobuche. We leave this afternoon for…

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