Arnette is an Alzheimer's advocate for individuals, their families
and anyone impacted by this disease through his professional
speaking, climbing and website.
His objectives for the Memories are Everything® climbs
He has completed two major projects:
- Educate the public, especially youth, on the early warning
signs and how to prepare
- Increase awareness that Alzheimer's Disease has no cure
- Raise research money for Alzheimer's non-profits
| • NO
CURE, always Fatal
• No easy, inexpensive method of early detection
• 6th leading cause of death in the US
• New case every 68 seconds, 4 seconds worldwide
• Impacts more than 5+m in US, 25m+ worldwide
• Devastating financial burden on families
• Depression higher for caregivers
• Issues are increasing rapidly as population ages
The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy
and Pfizer Inc. funded my climbs for the 7 Summits campaign and ongoing efforts
between November 2010 and November 2012. All money I raised then and now from
donations goes directly to the organizations I have selected. During the campaign,
content posted here was my own but subject to certain limitations in conjunction
with the support of the AIP.
Asia: Everest (29,035'/8850m)
Everest is on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). It is in the Himalaya mountain
range which stretches 1500 miles from Northeastern Pakistan to Bhutan. There are
over thirty mountains higher than 25,000 feet. Of the fourteen 8,000 meter peaks,
nine are located in the Himalayas making it clearly the top of the world. Mt. Everest
was first summited by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary with a British expedition
in 1953. They took the South Col route which is described on this page.
At that time the route had only been attempted twice by Swiss teams in the spring
and autumn of 1952.They reached 8500m well above the South Col. Of note, Norgay was
with the Swiss thus giving him the experience he used on the British expedition.
The Swiss return in 1956 to make the second summit of Everest.
Today, hundreds of climbers from around the world use this route
to try to stand on top of the world. It is considered slightly more dangerous than
the North Ridge Route due primarily to the instability of the Khumbu Icefall. However
some considered it slightly easier than the north due to the absence of the ladders
and rock climbing on the steep steps of the North Ridge route. As of 2011, there
have been about 3448 individuals summit with another 2136 repeat summits since 1953
with 250 deaths.
The second highest mountain in Asia is K2 in Pakistan at 28,251'/8611m
and is about 800 miles northwest of Everest but still in the Himalaya range. It is
considered significantly more difficult than Everest requiring technical rock climbing
and extreme weather.
I have climbed on Everest four times.
You can read about my climbs
on my Everest pages.
The menu at the top of each Everest page links to:
- Pictures from
the climbs are organized in six albums by the trek in, base camp, Khumbu Icefall,
Lhotse Face, South Col and Above and a Best of Everest Album.
- Videos from my Everest climbs.
- Alan's 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2011 summit Climbs with
an overview and dispatches sent during the climbs
- Coverage and commentary of the Everest 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 , 2009 and 2010 climbing
- 6 essays on topics from money to family to death
- Extras including Everest for Kids, Musical
Slide Show and Pictures of the South
Col Route plus the Northeast Ridge Route map.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)about
climbing Mt. Everest
- Communication Technology from Everest
- Links to other websites
for more information
- Click here
to see the south route in motion