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Project Makalu – A Return to Nepal

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It never fails. I’m sitting in a window seat on the right side of TG319 flying from Bangkok to Kathmandu. We’re flying at 31,000 feet, the monsoonal cloud cover is thick below us, and the tallest peaks in the world, the Himalayan giants that sit on the border between Nepal and Tibet, have just come into view poking out above the clouds. I’ve flown this flight, seen this view, literally dozens of times since 1998. It awes me all over again. I can’t believe I’ve stood on top of some of those…

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Everest, the Earthquake, and Nepal’s Future by Adrian Ballinger, founder of Alpenglow Expeditions

While I was still putting 100 percent of my energy into logistics for our team, and ensuring we did what we could for our friends in Nepal, our team doctor Monica Piris wrote a perfect description of what we experienced and how we felt. If you haven’t already, you can read it here.

Now, the question is this: what can we do to support Nepal’s people after the earthquake? Here’s a short summary of what we at Alpenglow have done and what we hope for in the future.

1. Alpenglow donated $10,000 to the Red Cross of Nepal for…

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Everest Week 2: Team Updates Post Earthquake

Alpenglow’s team is safe in North Side Base Camp, after a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, affecting most parts of the country and areas of China, Tibet, and India. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to those on the South Side, and throughout Nepal, who have been affected. As we move into week 2 of our expedition, we will continue to post updates about our team, who is remaining in Everest Base Camp on the North Side.

April 26, 2015 – Adrian reported that the team woke up to clear skies, sun, and a fresh coat of snow on Everest. While…

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Everest Season Arrives

Everest season is upon us and with it comes packing, planning, and preparation. The Alpenglow Expeditions team is climbing Everest’s North Side this year, after moving from the South Side in the wake of the 2014 Khumbu Icefall accident. Our guide team leaves the US on April 14th and plans to meet our complete team in Kathmandu on April 20. From there, they will fly to Lhasa, where they’ll visit the Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery. They’ll continue along the Tibetan Plateau until they see Everest and from there, will leave the main road and follow the valley to the…

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Packing for a Big Mountain Expedition: 10 Surprising Things You Can’t Leave Home Without

Many of us have seen pictures of guides, climbers, and skiers packing for big mountain expeditions. An array of equipment and personal items are always stacked in front of them, often neatly arranged, and spread across the living room. Gear upon gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, solar chargers, helmets, boots, backpacks – you name it. You can barely see a hint of floor space peeking through. And that doesn’t even include the food (food is a whole separate packing story).

After years of packing for weeks and months in the mountains,

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Aconcagua Custom Expedition 2015

On Thursday, January, 22, Adrian and Gay flew into Mendoza, Argentina, after leaving their successful expedition in Antarctica where they reached the summit of Vinson Massif. They met Gay’s daughter Camilla in Mendoza along with Alpenglow assistant guide Reuben Shelton. Here’s Adrian’s snapshot of the crew on Friday, January 23, getting weighed before their heli to Base Camp, and Adrian commented that he bet that they wouldn’t weigh 285 kg when they returned!

 

Gay and Camilla both decided to attempt to climb all of the Seven Summits of the world and do as many of them as they…

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Alpenglow’s First Antarctica Expedition!

Jan. 12, 2015 – Alpenglow is in Antarctica for the first time! Founder and guide, Adrian Ballinger, is leading a custom expedition on Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain in Antarctica at (16, 050 feet). 

Adrian and Gay, Alpenglow climber, reached Antarctica on Friday after spending time in Punta Arenas at the tip of South America while they waited for right weather to travel to Antarctica. After flying to the polar continent on a Russian cargo plain that’s outfitted to land on an ice runway, Adrian and Gay settled in to Vinson Base Camp. They spent two nights there getting used…

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Trip Update Overload on Social Media!

Ok, not really. How can you ever have too many awesome pictures and team info? But we do have a lot of trips this month and we are launching a new way of keeping you posted on our teams across the globe.

Alpenglow will be posting daily trip updates on Twitter; we will show highlights of our trips on Facebook; and we will save our longer blog posts for summaries packed with info and photos that will go up every few days or so.

This is the perfect month to see if you like our new…

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More Than Beautiful: Ama Dablam

In two days, Alpenglow leaves for Nepal to begin our expedition on Ama Dablam. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalaya, Ama Dablam stands alone in the Solu Khumbu (Everest) valley, towering over the Sherpa villages of Thyangboche and Pangboche. “It is my favorite single mountain that I guide every year” expressed Alpenglow founder Adrian Ballinger, during a recent chat about the beauty, skill, and calculated risk Ama Dablam presents to its climbers.

Frequently compared to the Matterhorn, Ama Dablam is often hailed as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.…

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Psicobloc, Sherpa, and the North Side of Everest

 

On Friday night, Alpenglow Expeditions helped to host a benefit for the Khumbu Climbing Center at the Psicobloc climbing competition held in Park City, Utah. The Psicobloc Masters Series attracts the strongest climbers in the world and this year’s competition raised money for the Khumbu Climbing Center. The “KCC” trains Sherpa and high altitude workers in Nepal, readying them for the serious work of climbing the world’s tallest peaks. The KCC is an essential organization to the climbing community, and is supported by financial donation and the donated time of athletes, guides, and other mountain professionals that teach its…

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