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Feb 252017
A  Month to Everest 2017

Late February is an awkward time for aspiring Everest climbers. It is too late to make serious advancements in physical training and too early to eat what you want assuming you will lose weight during the climb. Making serious gear changes is not advised nor is changing guide services. But there is still work to do! As we prepare for the Spring, Alex Txikon‘s is back at Nepal Base Camp still hoping to get his winter summit, without Os, before March 20 – the end of Winter. He was stopped once by brutal winds and extreme cold but is going to try again even continue reading

Feb 192017
Everest Winter Attempt Stopped & Restarted

Alex Txikon’s team went through quite a bit of drama on their first summit push from hurricane winds at the South Col to an injured Sherpa and an unexpected trip to Kathmandu for the entire team, apparently against Txikon’s wishes. All that said, the team will return to Everest Base Camp this upcoming week and push once again to stand on the summit of Everest in winter, without using supplemental oxygen, before 20 March, the end of winter. His team consists of Aitor Barez, the expedition movie director and Pablo Magister who is the cameramen. The expedition is being supported by Seven Summits Treks. There have been continue reading

Feb 072017
Look for Everest 2017 to be One for the Records

While most Everest followers are keeping a close eye on Alex Txikon‘s imminent winter summit push, the traditional Spring season in just seven weeks away. And it looks to be one for the record books! I am expecting over 600 summits from the South (Nepal) side and well over 200 from the North (Tibet) totaling 800 from both sides, smashing the record set in 2013 with 658 total summits from both sides. In 2016, 641 climbers made the summit from both sides. Record Summits and New Climbers I base this prediction on the record Autumn 2016 summits on Manaslu and high traffic on Cho Oyu. These continue reading

Jan 272017
Everest 2017 Gets Closer - A Q&A

As we near the end of January, climbers across the globe are continuing to train, finalize gear and preparing to say goodby to loved ones. A few months ago, I posted what I tongue-in-cheek called a “personal letter” to 2017 Everest climbers with the message – don’t go! The main point I was making was that in modern times, post 2000, lack of experience played a large role in the deaths of some climbers. I went as far as to list some questions that was designed to make people think about what they thought they knew about climbing Everest. A couple continue reading

Dec 182016
How Much Does it Cost to Climb Mount Everest? - 2017 Edition

“How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?” This is a popular question I get after a speaking engagement. The short answer is a car or at least $30,000 but most people pay about $45,000. This completely new 2017 post introduces new options for climbers, a look at new rules, a chart of current offers and serious answers to serious questions plus a few survey questions where you can weigh in with your thoughts in addition to making a thoughtful comment. If you dream of climbing mountains but are not sure how to start or reach your next level from a Colorado 14er to continue reading

Nov 142016
The State of Everest: A Conversation with Dave Hahn

With only six months to go before climbers head to Nepal and Tibet for the annual spring climb of Mt. Everest, Dave Hahn, 15 times summiter, was kind enough to share his thoughts on the state of Everest and his own personal plans for guiding. Dave Hahn One reason I wanted to catch up with Dave, was his comment in interviews earlier this year that he would stop leading Everest expeditions and instead offer private guidance on the mountain. I’ve known him for over 10 years and wondered if this was a reflection on the state of Everest or a personal life choice for continue reading