The Blog on alanarnette.com http://www.alanarnette.com/blog Climbing the World to End Alzheimer's Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:21:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 K2 2015 Coverage: Earthquake Near K2 but no Damage Reported http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/03/k2-2015-coverage-earthquake-near-k2-but-no-damage-reported/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/03/k2-2015-coverage-earthquake-near-k2-but-no-damage-reported/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:21:23 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21267 The earth continues to shake around the Himalaya with a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. The epicenter was in a largely remote and sparsely populated area and about 100 miles northeast of K2. No damage was reported in China. Billi Bierling, climbing Broad Peak, which is a few miles east continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Climbing Begins http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/01/k2-2015-coverage-climbing-begins/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/07/01/k2-2015-coverage-climbing-begins/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:30:03 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21259 The Karakorum climbing season is settling down to actual climbing with a few climbers already at Camp 1 on K2 and others preparing to begin on Broad Peak. Still others are now starting their trek to the base camps. Thus the area is filled with activity as the weather made a sudden switch from snow continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: When Airplanes Don’t Fly http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/29/k2-2015-coverage-when-airplanes-dont-fly/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/29/k2-2015-coverage-when-airplanes-dont-fly/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:10:38 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21251 If one word can sum up high altitude mountaineering, it might be “flexibility”. The remaining teams trying to reach K2, Broad Peak and other Karakorum base camps were hoping to fly from Islamabad to Skardu but the weather Gods, or more specifically the airlines had other ideas. Most teams try to fly directly to Skardu continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Teams arrive at K2 Base Camp http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/27/k2-2015-coverage-teams-arrive-at-k2-base-camp/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/27/k2-2015-coverage-teams-arrive-at-k2-base-camp/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21244 After their long trek up the Baltoro Glacier, many teams arrived at the Broad Peak and K2 Base Camps this weekend. Using terms like arduous, difficult and long – all appropriate descriptions for the trek in and an understatement for the trek out – the climbers telegraphed relief this section is over. Relief and Apprehension continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Large Teams Snowed in on the Trek http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/25/k2-2015-coverage-large-teams-snowed-in-on-the-trek/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/25/k2-2015-coverage-large-teams-snowed-in-on-the-trek/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:14:37 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21235 With the heat wave in Pakistan now responsible for over 1,000 deaths, it may be surprising that heavy snow has stalled progress in the Northern Territories. Himex is reporting that they have stopped their trek towards K2 Base Camp due to slippery conditions on the Baltoro Glacier. There is no “path” per se, but only continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage: Trekking the Baltoro http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/23/k2-2015-coverage-trekking-the-baltoro/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/23/k2-2015-coverage-trekking-the-baltoro/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:02:22 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21228 Teams continue to make steady progress toward their respective base camps. They report conditions as hot which is no surprise as Pakistan is experiencing an extreme heat wave. But Mike Horn who is already at K2 Base Camp reports: Arrived at K2 base camp at 5000 meters. It is snowing and cold but everyone is continue reading

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K2 2015 Coverage http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/20/k2-2015-coverage/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/20/k2-2015-coverage/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:31:32 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21220 After my successful summit of K2 in 2014, I will be covering the 2015 K2 climbing season from my home in Colorado this year for the first time. I’ll try to do it the same style as my annual Everest coverage but information is much more difficult to obtain from Northern Pakistan than Nepal. I’ll continue reading

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Nepal 2015 Earthquake Update http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/20/nepal-2015-earthquake-update/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/20/nepal-2015-earthquake-update/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:28:39 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21217 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 continue reading

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House Appropriations Committee Proposes Significant Increase in Alzheimer’s Research Funding http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/16/house-appropriations-committee-proposes-significant-increase-in-alzheimers-research-funding/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/16/house-appropriations-committee-proposes-significant-increase-in-alzheimers-research-funding/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:11:44 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21212 Alzheimer’s research budget would increases by $300 Million if today’s proposed bill is approved. Please contact your Congressional representatives and ask them to support this increase which would be the largest in history for Alzheimer’s. Use this link to find your Representative This summary is from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is extremely continue reading

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K2 Summer Climbs and more http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/02/k2-summer-climbs-and-more/#utm_source=arnette-blog&utm_medium=arnette-blog&utm_campaign=arnette-blog http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/06/02/k2-summer-climbs-and-more/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:36:40 +0000 http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/?p=21196 After a tragic Everest season, many climbers will continue their quest to summit the world’s highest mountains by moving to Pakistan. The Karakorum Range holds five of the 14 mountains higher than 8000 meters aka the 8s. Raheel Adan does a great job of covering Pakistan and just published a list of the expeditions on continue reading

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