The Road Back to Mt. Everest
Expedition Dispatches
In 2007 and 2008, I am undertaking a challenging goal: The Road back to Mt. Everest. This is a year long journey where I will attempt to summit Everest in 2008 plus raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research. In preparation, I attempted Denali in June 2007, now Shishapangma in September 2007, next Orizaba in January 2008 and then Everest. In between I am climbing more of my Colorado 14ers. Using a system of a digital camera, PDA and satellite phone, I will send dispatches directly from the climbs. Register for email notifications below.

Alzheimer's is a horrible disease that impacts so many. Researchers are making great progress but more is needed. The Cure Alzheimer's Fund is a non-profit organization that raises money and funds targeted research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or reversing Alzheimer's disease.

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July 2007 Archives

July 3, 2007

Denali 2007 Recap

I am now back home for a few days now and feeling better. Well, not a 100% but that is the nature of these climbs. But I am getting it together to leave for Tibet at the end of August for an attempt on Shishapangma at 26,335'.

I want to thanks Debbie L. for being the first person to donate to the Memories are Everything fund - thanks Debbie.

Denali was not what I was expecting. I was helicoptered off the mountain and taken by ambulance to an Anchorage area hospital - the first for me in almost 12 years of high altitude mountaineering.

I have written a long, detailed and graphic account of my climb along with pictures and video. You can find by clicking on this link.

Thanks again for everyone's support and compassion - it matters much more than you may think.

Climb On!

Alan

Denali2007 recap

July 23, 2007

Five Weeks to Shishapangma - Lessons from Denali

It has been four weeks since I became sick on Denali. A lot has happened since then. This dispatch is to update everyone on my status and plans as I continue the Road Back to Mt. Everest.

Climbing has many similarities with so many other difficult endeavors in that when something goes wrong, you must take a philosophical approach. I have never been a medical researcher but I can imagine that after you work on a theory for a long time and it does not prove out, you take a step back – consider what might have gone wrong, what you learned and than apply those lessons to the next project without pause.

I am not dwelling on what happened on Denali, I am learning from it. Since returning I have visited several specialists and have more planned in August. Here is the latest:

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