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Second Summit Window Looking Good

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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

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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

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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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More Details on the Summit

The following is courtesy of Billi Bierling, Himalayan Experience:

Summit Success

On Friday, 20 May, 2011, eight Himalayan Experience clients, three guides and 10 Sherpas reached the top of the world between 5.50am and 7am. “The weather was great and fortunately the team did not have to deal with a lot of wind,” Russell said looking tired after having been up for most of the night following his team on the radio.

The team left the South Col at 12.25am and being a very strong group they were quickly confronted with other expeditions that had left hours ahead of them…

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Lobuche Base Camp

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Acclimatisation process in full swing

On Saturday after lunch, all members, guides and some of the Sherpas headed down the valley to Lobuche base camp, where they are staying one night before ascending to high camp at 5,400 metres. Together with our Lobuche climbers Hilde and Stephan, the team will head for the summit on Monday. After topping out they will return to Lobuche East base camp, where they will rest for a couple of days before going back up to sleep on the summit for two nights. With this…

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Everest Begins, 2011!

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Himex Spring Season is kicking off

It’s the last week in March and Kathmandu is teeming with mountaineers, no matter whether they are first timers or old hands, who have come here to fulfil their dreams. The members of this year’s Himex expedition have also trickled in slowly and all the Everest climbers and guides have arrived at the Hyatt Hotel to get ready for their adventure.

This is Himex’ third year on the south side of Mount Everest, however, Russell Brice has twelve years experience of leading expeditions to…

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A Low Snow Year in the Alps

When you arrive in the Alps and all the locals tell you it’s been the worst snow year in 5 decades, it’s easy to get a bit depressed. Especially when your hometown (in this case Squaw Valley, CA) is getting pummeled by a storm cycle that ended up dropping almost 15 feet of snow in the two weeks I was gone. But there is something special about the Alps, and even in dire conditions like these, I can’t help but to have fun every day. And, in the case of the past two weeks, despite a dry spell of almost…

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