10 responses

  1. Damian Benegas
    December 19, 2014

    Dear Alan,
    Wondering if you are aware of Willie Benegas and Damian Benegas- between both we have 15 summits of Everest and many, many rescues. I-am sure you know who we are.
    Why is that you never mention us?

    • Alan Arnette
      December 19, 2014

      Damien, of course I know you and Willie. I have spoken live to Willie a few times and have great respect for what you do, for example with the Moniz team in 2014. (which reported on)

      The problem is your company has been difficult to follow for several years due to changing or lack of updates to your website.

      I just looked at it and am very impressed with the good information. I hope you will update it during the Everest season. Also, I cannot find any past history of Everest client performance thus it is difficult for me to compare your track record.

      So, I am glad to follow and report on you but only if I have access to the same information other guide services publicly provide.


  2. harnam singh
    December 19, 2014

    Thanks for such a informative information… I will have to plan more budget for my expedition…..

  3. beth
    December 18, 2014


    Thanks for another terrific report, so informative and detailed. You make it interesting for climbers and non-climbers alike. How much do you thing Project 8000 is going to affect your coverage of Everest and other climbs? Or will you be focusing on what you are doing in terms of reporting? I’m all for keeping up with you. I would miss your usual coverage but love to be able to stay with what you are doing and catching up with Everest on other sites. Whatever you do, even if you are unable to do a lot of posting at all, I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting year.

    Train hard and be well


    • Alan Arnette
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks Beth, I’ll do my best to keep everything updated but a lot depends on the schedules. Thanks for your support!!

  4. Ayan Chaudhury
    December 16, 2014

    Hi Alan,
    Very useful & detailed report. You have really pointed out all the minute details which are very useful! Seems that Everest is going to be beyond the range of middle class people. Also, I guess apart from the nostalgia associated with the Everest, people who intended to go for a “real climb”, might not go to Everest by spending their savings for whole life.

  5. Rick Gopton
    December 15, 2014


    What’s your “day job”?

    It seems expensive to attempt these expeditions (even just 1 or 2), and only those with a lot of resources need apply.

  6. Jim Waters
    December 15, 2014

    Another terrific post Alan. Again looking forward to the 2015 season and all of your posts that come along with it. Hopefully you have fully recovered from your harrowing trip on K2.

    Thanks again,

  7. H Jackson
    December 15, 2014

    Thanks for the informative report. I’m not a climber, but am fascinated by the Everest climb every year. You provide excellent and objective coverage. I look forward to following your commentaries again during the 2015 season.

  8. Chandra Niraula
    December 15, 2014

    Really great informative. very helpful for those future climbers to budgeting their upcoming expedition.

    great job.


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