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Oct 162018
 
Island Peak 2018: Alan, Do you have Alzheimer's?

As Kami and I arrived in Dingboche this morning, we were treated with a perfect view of Imja Tse aka Island Peak, only seven miles away.  I stopped in my tracks to study our objective. Even though I have seen this view many times before, my eye had always focused on the 8000er Lhotse looming high above the “lesser” peaks to her east. This time is different. Our plan is to leave base camp in the single digit hours of early Saturday, October 20. We hope to summit perhaps 5 to 7 hours later, perhaps longer depending on many variables. continue reading

Oct 152018
 
Island Peak 2018: Crossing the Cho La

Today was a big step on our way to Island Peak. We crossed the 17,782-foot/5,420-meter pass, the Cho La. We made the crossing from west to east from the village of Dzongla at 4,830-metres/15,850-feet to Thagnak at 4,700-metres/15,400-feet. We had hiked from Goyko the previous day. Kami and I were awakened by another group in the teahouse at 3:00am who apparently thought they were alone. While I’m not sure what they were saying, similar to the Lukla dog barking competition, everyone was involved and it seemed to be a competition between loud talking and loud walking. I’m pretty sure there was a Seinfeld episode about continue reading

Oct 132018
 
Island Peak 2018: Reaching a Milestone

Setting and striving to achieve hard goals is central to my life. I’ve found that when I lack a goal, I feel like I’m drifting with no destination in sight. Thus today was a milestone in a series of goals I set almost two years ago. When that 100 mph wind gust sent me spinning into a rock field breaking my face and leg I knew my life would never be the same. However, I almost immediately began setting goals as to my progress, both short and long term. But, I didn’t know what I didn’t know and that unknown continue reading

Oct 112018
 
Island Peak 2018: On our Way

At some point in every trip, you feel like you have moved from planning to doing. Well that’s exactly how I felt today as Kami and I left Namche for the Goyko Lakes. Once again, the morning skies were crystal clear with a bite in the air signaling that winter would be here soon. We set a leisurely pace knowing it would take abut 6 hours to reach our first destination, Dole. I did this route in 1997 but honestly don’t reminder a lot of the details. As we left the main trail that leads out people to Everest Base continue reading

Oct 092018
 
Island Peak 2018: Pictures Say it All

I spent the day visiting a few of my favorite places around Namche Bazaar. A few photos from the day. Thanks to all who donated yesterday. We are at $4,925 of the $10,000 goal. Aiming for $25,000 including the matching grant. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Oct 082018
 
Island Peak 2018: Different and the Same in the Khumbu

As I trekked up Namache Hill, my mind drifted to 1997 and the first time I walked these trails. I was awe struck by the stunning natural beauty of the steep hillsides covered with such green vegetation. The roar of the Dudh Kosi river kept me company as I walked, struggling to catch my breath. What a memory. I say today what I said when came home 21 years ago – “If you ever get a chance to trek in Nepal, do it. It will change your life.” The clouds cleared enough on Saturday morning for a fleet of helicopters continue reading

Oct 062018
 
Island Peak 2018: Lukla and Blessing to All

The moment I stepped off the plan in Kathmandu last week, I set my internal clock for Sherpa time, bistari, bistari—which mean ‘slowly, slowly‘ in Nepali. This morning as I awoke in Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu, I smiled and turned over in my small bed in the Khumjung Lodge. I went down for breakfast to be greeted by the strong odor of smoking incense being spread by the owner of the Lodge. Dressed in her traditional clothing, she gave me a warm smile as she swung the copper kettle containing the sweet spices. She said it was to send continue reading

Oct 052018
 
Island Peak 2018 Climb Begins in Kathmandu

Every journey begins with a single step, or flight in my case! After a 48 hour journey to the other side of the planet, I arrived in Kathmandu late night this week. I was surprised how many people were at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It appears the autumn trekking and climbing season is in good health. One of the advantages of coming in after 10:00 pm is that the normal stand-still traffic jams had eased up. However, I was suprised when my taxi was stopped by two different police checkpoints. One even checked my hand luggage. Actually, I have no problem continue reading

Sep 182018
 
Back to Nepal for Alzheimer's

My passion is climbing and my life’s purpose is as an Alzheimer’s Advocate. In that spirit, I’m excited to share this announcement with my friends, supporters, and followers that I’m returning to Nepal in October 2018 for the 12th time. I will be climbing again and raising money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease through venture-based philanthropy. I’ve worked with them since 2008. This will be a personal milestone for me as well. On February 10, 2017, while training for the 8000-meter peak Dhaulagiri, continue reading

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