The Blog on alanarnette.com http://www.alanarnette.com/blog Climbing the World to End Alzheimer's Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:21:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 10 Everest Myths http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/31/top-10-everest-myths/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/31/top-10-everest-myths/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:12:13 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21491 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 continue reading

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Colorado 14er: Crestone Peak to Needle Traverse http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/24/colorado-14er-crestone-peak-to-needle-traverse/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/24/colorado-14er-crestone-peak-to-needle-traverse/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:05:18 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21482 Climbing in Colorado is always special. On August 22, 2015, my buddy, Andy Westmeyer and I climbed two of the more difficult 14ers via a traverse: Crestone Peak to Crestone Needle. Both of the 14,000′ peaks have difficult reputations and the traverse, all above 13,600′ amplifies it. We hiked into South Colony Lake Friday night, set up continue reading

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Teams Prepare for Autumn Himalayan Climbs: Everest, Manaslu and more http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/19/teams-prepare-for-autumn-himalayan-climbs-everest-manaslu-and-more/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/19/teams-prepare-for-autumn-himalayan-climbs-everest-manaslu-and-more/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:55:47 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21469 After Nepal’s tragic earthquake in April and May this past Spring, teams are returning to trek and climb this Autumn. One of Nepal’s 8000m mountains may see record crowds. Tibet Closed The China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA)  told guides a few months ago that due to road construction after the earthquake, all climbing would be closed this continue reading

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Showing Dead Bodies: Reality or Bad Taste? http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/17/showing-dead-bodies-reality-or-bad-taste/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/17/showing-dead-bodies-reality-or-bad-taste/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:23:59 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21453 When is it acceptable to show a picture of dead body that is decomposing, disfigured, or disturbing to a viewer? Especially if it is somewhat recognizable by friends or family, unexpectedly? In my sport of climbing, this situation has become more commonplace thus I wanted to explore it a bit in this post. With the continue reading

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Colorado 14,000′ Mountain: Capitol Peak http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/09/colorado-14000-mountain-capitol-peak/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/09/colorado-14000-mountain-capitol-peak/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 20:29:21 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21435 Summited one of the more difficult Colorado 14,000′ mountains, Capitol Peak for the third time yesterday. This time with Jim Davidson via the Northeast Ridge route We were rained on during the 6 mile approach and again early in the night, but skies began to clear as we approached the crux, a 100′ section aptly continue reading

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Update on Kami Sherpa http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/06/update-on-kami-sherpa/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/08/06/update-on-kami-sherpa/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 01:49:08 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21432 Thanks to you and everyone who donated to help Kami Sherpa, I wired almost $8,000 to Kami today to cover his unexpected medical expenses after his major injury on K2 last month. I know you know all this but I want to review the situation and invite you to cut and paste this and share continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Karakorum Season ends with Valient Bids, Death … Almost http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/28/k2-2015-coverage-karakorum-season-ends-with-valient-bids-death-almost/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/28/k2-2015-coverage-karakorum-season-ends-with-valient-bids-death-almost/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:52:07 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21424 The summer of 2015 will go down as one of the more difficult seasons in the Northern Pakistan Karakoram climbing season. There have been deaths, courageous summit attempts, questionable summit claims and impressive summits. However, casting a huge cloud over everything was disturbing weather that made climbing virtually impossible for many. Broad Peak: At Your Own Risk The entire season continue reading

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My Birthday Wish http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/27/my-birthday-wish/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/27/my-birthday-wish/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:01:41 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21417 As I celebrate my 59th birthday today, July 27, I think back to people who have influenced my life. It is a long list, many of whom I count as my dear friends and close family. But today I want to single out my mom, Ida and Kami Sherpa. Many of you know Ida. You continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: K2 Bids end, Kami Update http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/25/k2-2015-coverage-k2-bids-end-kami-update/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/25/k2-2015-coverage-k2-bids-end-kami-update/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:41:17 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21407 The poor conditions across Northern Pakistan have effectively stopped all climbs and almost cost my friend, Kami Sherpa, his life. Kami (Ang Chhiring Sherpa – Pangboche) Sherpa was injured when he was hit by a large rock just below Camp 1. His left shoulder was dislocated and arm and hand broken. He was flown out on July continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Summits on G I & II, K2 Stops Bid. More Injuries http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/24/k2-2015-coverage-summits-on-g-i-ii-k2-stops-bid-more-injuries/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/24/k2-2015-coverage-summits-on-g-i-ii-k2-stops-bid-more-injuries/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:55:59 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21404 Finally we have more summits in this difficult summer 2015 season. Teams topped out on the Gasherbrums. A large number of climbers are currently going for the summit of Broad Peak. The strong K2 attempt was ended by deep snow and strong winds. Meanwhile K2 has injured one of the Sherpas with Madison Mountaineering. The continue reading

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