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#RoadtoEverest Wrap Up

In case you missed our #RoadtoEverest series last week, here’s the full rundown:

Everest summit on May 22, 2019 by Lightning Ascent team Roxanne, guide Lydia Bradey, Dorji Sherpa, and Mingma Sherpa.

1. While it feels like the Alpenglow Expeditions’ Everest 2019 teams wrapped up just last week,  Alpenglow is already thinking about Everest 2020. At Alpenglow, we spend nearly the entire year building our Mt. Everest team for the spring season. Many of our discussions with climbers will focus around whether they are “ready” for Mt. Everest. These conversations are really important.

Follow along for more info on how Alpenglow climbers invest years of training to prepare for Everest. We’ll walk through a step-by-step series of progressively challenging high altitude peaks. On this journey, climbers gain the altitude experience and develop the technical skills to necessary climb Everest. 



Topo summiting Everest with our Sherpa team Everest on May 22, 2018.

2. Creating competent climbers is part of our ethos. We are committed to building teams of experienced and strong climbers who are prepared for their chosen objective. It takes a serious time commitment to gain the technical skills and high altitude experience necessary for a realistic attempt at Everest. Over the course of many years, a climber develops their resume, each climb becoming a crucial building block towards their goal.

Emily Harrington and Michelle Parker climbing and skiing Cotopaxi (Ecuador) last fall.

3. 💪 Start small, go bigger: Standing at 29,029 ft, the tallest peak on the planet sparks inspiration in climbers and non-climbers alike. Whether you are a seasoned alpinist or someone who dreams that one day they can gain the skill necessary to surmount the biggest piece of rock on the globe, there are certain steps needed to embark on the coveted path to Everest 🤩🏔 Start Small – Test yourself at altitude: We recommend getting started by attending our climbing school in Peru or Ecuador (both pictured). This school will get you familiar with ice and snow travel in glaciated terrain as well as the fundamentals of technical climbing at high altitude. You’ll also get more experience at high altitude and further learn how your body reacts while climbing. 

Acclimatization hike at the base of Aconcagua

4. 💪💪 Go Bigger, it’s time to push higher: After you complete a climbing school in Ecuador or Peru, you will need to tackle a taller summit like Aconcagua or Ojos del Salado to get more experience at higher altitudes. Experience at high altitude is a crucial and necessary step so that you become knowledgeable about how your body adapts while taxing it simultaneously. Aconcagua is nearly a 7,000 meter peak (6,960m to be exact) and a great stepping stone to the bigger mountains of the Himalaya and eventually Everest. 

Caroline Gleich climbed (and then skied!) Cho Oyu last September to prepare for Everest this May. She summited Everest on May 23, 2019 with our Rapid Ascent team

5. 💪💪💪Test yourself in the Himalaya: Before attempting Everest, you need to first climb an 8,000 meter peak in the Himalaya and we recommend Cho Oyu in the fall season. This final stepping stone takes your experience at 7,000 meters and furthers your understanding of how to move efficiently at such high altitudes. Cho Oyu is the ideal peak to climb before attempting Everest. 


Adrian climbing Everest in 2017 without supplemental oxygen.

6.💪💪💪💪 Final Exam- Mount Everest: Finally, after years of developing extensive technical skill and substantial high altitude experience a climber is ready to attempt Mt Everest. With all of the experience you’ve garnered over a few years of training- climbing introductory high altitude peaks, gaining technical ice/rock climbing experience, then climbing high altitude expedition peaks, you’ll have become a competent and skillful high altitude climber. To make it to the summit, you will still need some good luck, but you will know that you did all you could to come to the mountain prepared. 


Alpenglow on summit day 2018, photo: Topo Mena

7. A climber can travel the “Road to Everest” over the course of decades, or for someone with the time and financial ability, in a couple of short years. While the goal of standing on top of the world is undeniably appealing, it’s actually the journey of preparing for Everest that is the best part. Sure, the summit is sweet, but we find that it’s the climbing lifestyle- the places you travel, friends you meet and experiences you share – that becomes just as memorable than the 10 minutes you might spend on the summit.

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Scope view of our 2018 Rapid Ascent teams heading up to the summit



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