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Dec 302010
 
Everest 2011 Coverage Begins

It is that time of year to start looking at the spring 2011 Everest season. I will cover the shenanigans as usual but with a huge twist this year. I will actually be there climbing from the south side with International Mountain Guides (IMG) so the coverage will be a bit different – mostly my personal perspective on my own climb. This will be the third of The  7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything. But between now and then I will do my to introduce the season and highlight some interesting plans. Also I will share my own continue reading

Dec 292010
 
Climbing with Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Memories

As this holiday season draws to an end, I am reminded of the new and old memories that comes with this time of year. Have you ever heard of “nuts and bolts”; also known as Party Mix? It was a holiday tradition as I grew up. It marked the official beginning of the holiday season when my mom would spend a Saturday afternoon cooking this incredible concoction. The was pretty simple: Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Cheerios, pretzels, butter and Worcestershire sauce. Oh did I say butter? And her special addition were several cups of pecan halves. I remember seeing the continue reading

Dec 202010
 
Vinson Trip Report, Videos and Pictures

After our successful summit of Vinson on December 9, 2010 it has been quite busy. We took the big Ilyushin back to Punta and then most of the team caught flights out of Punta Arenas to homes across the world within 12 hours of landing. I arrived back in Colorado on Tuesday, December 14th. I am always amazed at how quick I get home. It was a 21 day total trip. First, I want to thank everyone who made a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and especially to those who completed their pledge of a penny a foot. Remember continue reading

Dec 142010
 
Update from Punta Arenas after Vinson

Hi Everyone, just a quick update. We finally left Antarctica around midnight last night December 13th and arrived in Punta in the wee hours. We are currently enjoying chairs, s tables and cooked eggs at the hotel! While we only waited a few days, it felt longer with the anticipation of getting on our way back home. But, I had mixed emotions as I left knowing what a special place Antarctica is and how fortunate I was to be a guest on the continent. The winds kept blowing both at Union Glacier and Punta Arenas creating delay after delay but continue reading

Dec 092010
 
Summit: Audio Dispatch from Mt. Vinson

I summited Vinson on December 9, 2010. It was a great climb. Read the full trip report for all the details. This is the audio dispatch I posted live from the summit; the 1st of my 7 Summits climbs. Click to listen: [audio:https://www.alanarnette.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/audio/Vinson 2010_Summit Call.mp3|titles=Vinson Summit Audio Dispatch|artists=Alan Arnette] These climbs are to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and $1M for research. I lost my mom and two aunts to Alzheimer’s. Please join me to end Alzheimer’s by making a donation today. Read the details. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Dec 082010
 
Vinson Summit Push Starts

Just a quick dispatch to say we will start our Mt. Vinson summit climb mid morning December 9, 2010.

It should take about 12 hours round trip with the summit in the afternoon – asumming all goes well.

We made the climb to High Camp today and eveyone…

Dec 072010
 
The Antarctica Waiting Game Begins

As I previously wrote, we knew a change was ahead for the weather and it arrived last night.

The good news is the temperature warmed to above zero but it came as a result of clouds and winds.

So we are taking another day at Low Camp. The other two t…

Dec 072010
 
Another Day in Antarctica

Well the big wind event came and went but did not have the immediate impact that we had hoped.

Today, Tuesday December 7, is somewhat clear but the winds are still blowing on Vinson’s summit plus at High Camp. We can hear the low roar of the winds rip…

Dec 062010
 
Audio Dispatch from Mt. Vinson: Weather Delays

This is the latest audio dispatch live from Antarctica's Mt. Vinson; the first of his 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything