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Feb 072011
 
Aconcagua Trip Report, Videos and Pictures

I have been back home for about a week now after our successful summit of Aconcagua on January 29th. We had a faster than normal climb with the trip being only 19 days and only 10 actually on the mountain itself. First, I want to thank everyone who made a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and especially to those who completed their pledge of a penny a foot. Remember that every donation helps and is sincerely appreciated. I am very excited with the momentum the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything campaign has gained. We are receiving continue reading


Feb 012011
 
Back in Mendoza plus Aconcagua Summit Photos

I always say I am surprised how quickly we get off a big climb and Aconcagua was no exception. It is Tuesday morning and I am writing this from my hotel room in Mendoza after standing on the summit on Saturday night. I will write a full trip report and update my Aconcagua FAQs and picture gallery but here a quick synopsis of our summit day. We planned on leaving camp between 2:00 and 5:00 AM on January 29th but the winds were just howling all night long. So our team of 11 stayed in the tents while IMG Senior continue reading


Jan 302011
 
Audio Dispatch from Aconcagua: Off the Mountain

This is the latest audio dispatch live from South America's Aconcagua; the second of Alan's 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything Tweet


Jan 292011
 
Summit: Audio Dispatch from Aconcagua

I summited Aconcagua on January 29th, 2011 with IMG. It was a great climb. Read the full trip report for all the details. This is the audio dispatch I posted live from the summit; the second of my 7 Summits climbs. Click to listen: These climbs are to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and $1M for research.  I lost my mom and two aunts to Alzheimer’s. Please join me to end Alzheimer’s by making a donation today. Read the details. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything Tweet


Jan 272011
 
Listen: Mountains and Hope

Listen. “Listen”, I tell myself. As I close my eyes, I can almost hear the mountain speak.

Sounds in the mountains are more than just sounds. The ice pick swinging securely into hard ice saying you have a sold hold. Crampons against the hard snow in t…


Jan 262011
 
Climbers and Caregivers

As we arrived at our Camp 2 yesterday, a young lady with a large pack approached us. She had been following us closely since the turnoff at the Col. Now she looked confused.

It seems she was climbing with an independent team and her two teammates had …


Jan 252011
 
A Windy Aconcagua

Just a quick update from our Camp 2 at 18,000′.

We made good time after a difficult night of high winds with gusts over 40 mph. But everyone did well on our move to the higher camp.

Tomorrow we do a carry to our High Camp which is the launching point…


Jan 242011
 
Tell a Friend, Ask a Friend

We have had a busy few days. A carry and move to Camp 1 at 16,500′. Then a carry to our Camp 2, also known as Guanacos Camp 3, at 18,000′.

We have been dodging lightening, thunder, high winds and snow squalls along the way.

We are now entering very s…


Jan 232011
 
Audio Dispatch from Aconcagua

This is the latest audio dispatch live from South America's Aconcagua; the second of Alan's 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything Tweet


Jan 212011
 
Aconcagua Memories

As we made the three day trek to the 14,000 Base Camp, my mind has been flooded with memories.

On my first trip here in 2005, I was still working and both my parents were alive. But my mom was showing the signs of moderate Alzheimer’s.

In 2008, my se…