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Feb 122021

As I covered in a recent post, Everest 2021 is coming on soon. There are questions as to whether operators should run their programs at all. Many are moving forward but a few are not.

I discuss the situation with Mark Gunlogson, Mountain Madness President who has canceled their activities from the Nepal side this spring. They are running a fundraiser with partners who will provide matching funds. You can read more at their site and support the fundraiser at their GoFundMe

This is an except from the announcement:

To help in vac­ci­na­tions, Moun­tain Mad­ness is fundrais­ing to pro­vide direct finan­cial sup­port for the fol­low­ing: social mobi­liza­tion, com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, vac­ci­na­tion sup­plies and equip­ment, cold chain capa­bil­i­ties, vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram staff and train­ing, and oth­er mass vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram needs.

In addi­tion to assist­ing the vac­ci­na­tion effort, Moun­tain Mad­ness is donat­ing $100 for each of our Nepal Khum­bu trip reg­is­trants who are post­pon­ing their Ever­est Base Camp Trek, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak trips with us this spring. This mon­ey will be dis­trib­uted to our Nepal staff to help off­set the work the spring sea­son pro­vid­ed would have oth­er­wise pro­vid­ed. As there are no charges for post­pon­ing and all trip mon­ey is moved for­ward, we will also be con­tact­ing all our cus­tomers to invite them to con­tribute to our larg­er efforts, as they have so gen­er­ous­ly done fol­low­ing the earth­quakes in 2015 and Spring 2020 when the pan­dem­ic first arrived.

Note, I will be covering all the action on Everest this spring on my Blog

Interview with Mark Gunlogson, Mountain Madness

Mark Gunlogson, Mountain Madness Interview

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  3 Responses to “Everest 2021: Special Edition – Video Interview with Mark Gunlogson, Mountain Madness”


    Nice interview Alan.
    I look forward to all your comments and interviews.


    Alan – I saw this wonderful piece on Ali Sadpara from the BBC. It seems respective and not exploitive. I thought you or your other readers might want to read it too.


      It’s quite a good article, except for implying that all of the Nepali ten who summitted used supplemental oxygen. Nims didn’t, of course, so if Ali Sadpara summitted without oxygen that would not have been a first.

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