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Feb 012016
Everest 2016: Team Locations

Welcome to Alan Arnette’s Everest 2016 coverage My annual coverage is based on my own summit and climb experiences, research, sources, and public information. I try to provide insight and interpretation of the activities ranging from routes to weather to the challenge of climbing Everest. A sincere and deep thank you to everyone who joins the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry or makes a donation to one of the Alzheimer’s non-profits. Manage email notifications of new posts using the form in the lower right corner of this page. Latest Everest News – Friday February 5, 2016 An earthquake with magnitude 5.2 occurred near continue reading

Feb 012016
Everest 2016: Welcome to Everest 2016 Coverage

Welcome to the kick-off for my Everest 2016 coverage! This will be my 14th season of all-things Everest: 9 times providing coverage, another 4 seasons of actually climbing on Everest and then last year attempting Lhotse when the earthquake hit Nepal. I did similar coverage for the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons. I summited Everest on May 21, 2011 and have attempted Everest three other times – 2002, 2003, 2008 and Lhotse in 2015. If you are one of my 1.5 million regular readers, hello again, if you are new, welcome! My goal is to provide insight and continue reading

Dec 212015
Everest 2016: How Much Does it Cost to Climb Mount Everest?

“How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?” is one of the most common questions I get after a talk. The short answer is, a car, or at least $30,000 but most people pay about $45,000. This post is the 2016 update of the most common questions and expedition prices. The headline for 2016 is that the high-end went higher and the low-end went lower. The price range for a standard climb, i.e. non-custom, ranges from $30,000 to $85,000. This is driven by low cost Nepali operators getting a foothold in the market and the traditional western operators adding more services to differentiate continue reading

Sep 292015
Nepal to Limit Everest Climbers through New Rules ... Again!

The Nepal Ministry of Tourism announced a proposed, note the word proposed, set of new regulations for Mt. Everest to address growing concerns of crowding and safety. Certainly any effort to make Everest less crowded and safer is good but the Nepal government has a history of announcing such measures and not following through or enforcing the regulations. The main problem with these frequent announcements is that the government has been very unstable for years with almost an annual turnover of Ministers who are responsible for managing the mountaineering and tourism industry. Also, corruption is rampant. It is reported that each Minster takes continue reading

Sep 262015
Movie Review: Everest - As Close to Being There Yourself

If you want to climb Mt. Everest, take two hours to see the new Hollywood version of the 1996 disaster, but don’t take your spouse – you won’t be allowed to go! Everest has been hyped for several months now as “based on true story” yet not following any specific book or version of what happened. The movie is often said to follow Jon Krakauer best seller ”Into Thin Air” but that is not true. In fact Krakauer recently said about the entire movie in an interview, “It’s total bull” Watching with an Experienced Eye I was eager to see the continue reading

Aug 312015
Top 10 Everest Myths

Hollywood and independent filmmakers have found that a well crafted climbing movie, especially one about Everest, makes money. The film, Everest, complete with movie stars, green screen special effects and stunning footage taken on Everest, will open in theaters in September. On a much smaller scale, Sherpa, has already made it’s debut at film festivals and will be shown in 200 countries next year on the Discovery Channel. Finally, while not about Everest, Meru, is getting accolades for it’s authenticity and being compared to Touching the Void. With all this activity, the public relations machines are in full motion pumping out continue reading

Nepal 2015 Earthquake Update

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Jun 202015
Nepal 2015 Earthquake Update

The crisis in Nepal after the earthquake continues with over 8,800 dead, 22,000 injured, 500,000 homes severely damaged, 3 million homeless. Aftershocks continue to this day and will for a long time thus scaring people, and further damaging homes. According to the Nepal government, the country is looking at losses estimated at about $10 billion—nearly half of its gross domestic product of $19.2 billion Two organizations—Global Shelter Cluster and the REACH Initiative—surveyed about 1,680 households in the 14 districts that were worst affected by the earthquake, about their living conditions after the earthquake. The United Nations estimates that 2.8 million continue reading

May 272015
4 Ways to Help Nepal

The Nepali people are working hard to rebuild their homes and their spirit is strong. The world community has been generous thus far but there is so much more to be done. In this post I will give an overview of the current status, per my understanding, and make firm recommendations on how you can help. Also, I want to promote help for the village of Pangboche where Lama Geshi and Kami Sherpa lives. This small village is slightly off the main trail from Namche to Everest Base Camp but frequently visited by climbers to receive a blessing from the continue reading

May 132015
Update on Latest Nepal Earthquakes

Sadly another major earthquake, 7.2, hit Nepal on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The epicenter was near Namche Bazaar and the damage is said to be extensive in the Solo Khumbu per Ang Tshering, Charmin of the Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities. They report the following: Contact was made within 5 minutes of earthquake through satellite phone with people in Khumbu: Damages to property has been vast in the Solukhumbu region  Too early to report on human and livestock casualties  Efforts to contact others in Khumbu have failed due to difficulties in communication lines  Reports are streaming in of the effects continue reading

May 062015
Everest 2015: Season Summary - Summits Don't Matter

Over 9,000 people died in April 2015 from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Kathmandu. And no one summited Everest – from either side, from any camp. Summits don’t matter. As has been my custom since 2002, I will summarize the season but this time from my first hand experience as I was climbing Lhotse which shares 80% of the route with Everest. I was between Camps 1 and 2 when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake reached the Western Cwm. This summary, while about the Everest season, is also about a human tragedy where thousands lost their lives, multiples of that are continue reading