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2011 Aconcagua Expedition Begins

Alpenglow’s 2011 Aconcagua Expedition is underway! The team of five, which will be guided by Alpenglow’s owner, Adrian Ballinger, and lead guide Jaime Avila arrived in Mendoza on Monday. They spent a couple of days exploring the town, enjoying amazing wine and steak dinners, and finalizing logistics. Yesterday they traveled to the town of Penitentes, which at 8,000 feet, sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into Aconcagua through Argentina’s Andes. Today the team began the trek to basecamp through the landscape of the green Valle de Vacas and were to make their way to Las Leñas. More news to come! …

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Back in Kat and thinking of next season.

Back in Kathmandu

First of all, Himalayan Experience would like to apologise for getting the numbers of this season’s Manaslu summiteers slightly wrong. In our last newsletter, we stated that 46 people had reached the summit of the eighth highest peak in the world, however, after our Sirdar Phurba Tashi got back to base camp, we compared figures and noticed that instead of 23 Sherpas, ‘only’ 21 Sherpas had reached the top, reducing this number to 44. Despite this minor mistake, Himalayan Experience has still succeeded in almost putting 10 percent of the total ascents since 1956 on the summit…

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All down at BC after many successful summits!

The following blog is courtesy of Billi Bierling, Himalayan Experience:

Himalayan Experience Summit Success

Within two days, Himalayan Experience has put 46 people on the top of Manaslu, which actually makes up almost 10 percent of the total summits since the eighth highest mountain was first climbed by a Japanese team in 1956. “It turned out to be a good year, even though we were first worried that the weather would play tricks on us and we would not reach the summit at all,” a pleased Russell observed when the team and Sherpas got back to base camp.

4th October…

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Second Summit Window Looking Good

The following blog is courtesy of Billi Bierling, Himalayan Experience:

Quizzical Looks at the Weather

After having relaxed in the snow, rain and finally in the sunshine, the team is getting ready for their second summit attempt. The weather had played a few tricks on us and after the two groups had come down from the mountain last weekend, it had continued to snow and rain for another two solid days. “It is difficult to accept all the sitting around but I guess waiting is part of big mountain climbing,” said Sergey from Russia. “I definitely have to sit it…

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Details on Summit Push

The following blog is courtesy of Billi Bierling, Himalayan Experience:

Getting Ready for the Summit 

The countdown is on. On Tuesday, Russell and the guides revealed our tentative summit dates and all of a sudden everything seems to be happening very quickly. “I can’t believe we have been here for almost one month, and now we are so close to our goal,” Herbert observed. And he is right – the preparations for our summit attempt are almost over, and now the success of our expedition depends on good leadership, a strong team, hard-working Sherpas, well fixed ropes, good snow conditions…

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Check out www.peakery.com!

For the past few months Alpenglow’s guides have been using www.peakery.com to track and share our summits around the world. As the site’s functionality has improved, we find ourselves spending more and more time on the site, and linking it to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We decided it must be time to share Peakery with our Alpenglow community! Peakery was founded by a good friend and passionate climber and skier, Scott  Kendall. He’s created the best tool I know of to keep track of and share summits. There is loads of information, photos, maps, and even 3-D fly-arounds of peaks…

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Himalaya Autumn Season 2011 Kicks Off

The following blog is courtesy of Billi Bierling, Himalayan Experience:

Himalayan Experience is back on Manaslu, which will be the company’s fourth season on the world’s eight highest mountains. Last year, Russell Brice and his team put seven clients, seven Sherpas and three mountain guides on top of the 8,163m peak.

The composition of the climbing team will be a little bit different this year, as nine war-wounded soldiers and their mentor from the United Kingdom will be joining the expedition, which consists of a total of 22 members. “The nine lads came to Chamonix and did a week’s training…

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Autumn Himalayan Season Begins!

Update, 8/26/11:

Of course life before 3 months away got busy enough I never posted the below blog. Now I’m in Hong Kong on a long layover on the way to Kathmandu. Finally time to breathe and start focusing on the climbs ahead! Read on, and stay tuned for more from Manaslu. – Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions, Himalayan Experience

8/16/11:

A week from today it’s back to Nepal for another season. What do I do when I only have a week of summer left before a long winter? Climb warm granite! Tomorrow I’m headed to Lover’s Leap for a day…

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Spring Himalayan Wrap-up: May 5-Everest Summit * May 20-Everest Summit * May 26-Lhotse Summit

May 5, 2011 – Everest Summit * May 20, 2011 – Everest Summit * May 26, 2011 – Lhotse Summit

What better place to decompress from a Himalayan season than Lover’s Leap, California? I’ve been here for the past few days, enjoying pitches of perfect granite, stellar (and warm) backcountry camping, campfires, fresh food, and cold beers in the local stream (which is now a raging river from snowmelt on the surrounding peaks). Despite losing 10% of my body weight while on Everest and Lhotse, the rock climbing is still fun, and trying to put that weight back on through…

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