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Climbing the World to End Alzheimer's
Dec 052011
 

Looking for that perfect gift for your climber? Here are some ideas based on my 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything this past year:

 

 

 

 

Free!:
Take walk with your climber and ask him/her why they love the mountains.

 

 

 

Under $10
Black Diamond Nitron Carabiner: strong, > solid and easy to clip on and off the life lines. I used these exclusively on Everest and Denali

 

 

 

 

Under $20:
The Ledge: A story of resilience and courage by my friend Jim Davidson. Trapped on Rainier in a crevasse, his partner dying … the story reveals what humans can do.

 

 

 

 

 

Under $25
Buff: Keeps your neck and face warm but does not feel stifling. A must have for any serious cold weather climber

 

 

 

 

Under $50
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp: Latest generation with long battery life AND outstanding brightness – the holy grail of headlamps

 

 

 

Under $100

Icebreaker Merino Top: you got me at merino wool – soft and stink free. This top with neck zip is the way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Under $150
Patagonia R1 Hoody: An almost perfect mid layer with an almost perfect hood that zips up like a Buff

 

 

 

 


Under $200
Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody: Light and warm without the bulk. When combined with the proper layers this jacket can go to the summit in extreme conditions.

 

 

 

Under $250
Mountain Hardwear South Col Pack: My new goto pack for Everest. Comfortable, and well built. And if you need more space look at the huge BMG version

 

 

 

 

 

Alan holding a picture of Ida Arnette on the summit of Mt. Elbrus

Alan holding a picture of Ida Arnette who died from Alzheimer's Disease

Priceless

Make a contribution to Alzheimer’s. This is a devastating disease with no cure with caregivers being the silent victims. Make a difference this holiday season by learning the 10 warning signs and making a donation

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