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May 142011
 
The Mental Side of Everest

The call to meals at Base Camp is a bit primitive – the cook bangs a ladle against a huge metal skillet – yet effective. Everyone slowly pokes their head and eventually their entire body in a slow motion crawl out of the three foot high tent door and onto a rocky porch. In spite of the occasional stumble we all make it to the dining tent in short order, find our favorite seat and commence with a series of greetings even though it was only a few hours or minutes, since we last saw each other. Some sit in continue reading

May 132011
 
Everest Summits in Mixed Weather Forecasts

A big part of climbing Everest is the weather. Last week we saw Kami and I caught in an unexpected wind storm on the Lhotse Face at Camp 3. Well last night there was a series of events that made our heads swim here at Base Camp. Multiple teams had positioned themselves for a summit push starting around 9:00PM from the South Col or Camp 4. The winds had picked up as they climbed from Camp 3 and further the revised weather forecast had them gusting to over 50 m.p.h. Normally the highest acceptable is in the high 20’s. So continue reading

May 122011
 
Welcome Alzheimer's Association to the 7 Summits for Alzheimer's

I am pleased to welcome the Alzheimer’s Association to the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything. Many of you know them as the largest Alzheimer’s non-profit with leading programs for research, caregivers, mind education and government advocacy. I have worked with them for several years now raising money for all these causes. As part of the 7 Summits Climb program, they will promote my climbs to their membership thus raising more awareness and urgency for Alzheimer’s causes. I am extremely grateful for their support. To reiterate what my climbs are all about; I am using my climbs of continue reading

May 102011
 
Storm on the Lhotse Face

I sat straight up in my sleeping bag as the strongest gust yet pummeled our tent. Kami sat up next to me. He literally kicked the side of the tent trying to dislodge the two foot snow wall that was consolidating against the thin nylon tent walls. However, the snow was now as hard as concrete and was growing higher with each gust.   The ambient night time light was becoming dimmer as the snow wall was growing higher; 24, there 000 feet on the Lhotse Face in one of the most severe wind storms I have ever experienced. This continue reading