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Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 26- Lukas Furtenbach Interview

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Apr 262020
 
Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 26- Lukas Furtenbach Interview

During this Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas project, I’m adding a new aspect of my coverage, a video report on most Sundays. I will recap the week and preview what we can expect coming up. Also a brief interview with the guides participating in the Support the Climbing Sherpa project. Today is with Furtenbach Adventures’s Lukas Furtenbach If you have a question or topic you want to be addressed, let me know. Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas is a joint project of Alan Arnette and several global guide companies. Our objective is to entertain continue reading

Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 19- Gordon Janow Interview

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Apr 192020
 
Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 19- Gordon Janow Interview

During this Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas project, I’m adding a new aspect of my coverage, a video report on most Sundays. I will recap the week and preview what we can expect coming up. Also a brief interview with the guides participating in the Support the Climbing Sherpa project. Today is with Alpine Ascents’ Gordon Janow. If you have a question or topic you want to be addressed, let me know. Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas is a joint project of Alan Arnette and several global guide companies. Our objective is to entertain continue reading

Apr 122020
 
Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 12- Guy Cotter Interview

During this Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas project, I’m adding a new aspect of my coverage, a video report on most Sundays. I will recap the week and preview what we can expect coming up. Also a brief interview with the guides participating in the Support the Sherpa project. Today is with Adventure Consultant’s Guy Cotter. If you have a question or topic you want to be addressed, let me know. Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas is a joint project of Alan Arnette and several global guide companies. Our objective is to entertain Everest continue reading

Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 5

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Apr 052020
 
Virtual Everest 2020: Weekend Video Update April 5

During this Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas project, I’m adding a new aspect of my coverage, a video report on most Sundays. I will recap the week and preview what we can expect coming up. If you have a question or topic you want to be addressed, let me know. Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas is a joint project of Alan Arnette and several global guide companies. Our objective is to entertain Everest fans during the Coronavirus spring closure and raise money to help the Climbing Sherpas who are not working this spring. While continue reading

Apr 022020
 
Virtual Everest 2020 - Support the Climbing Sherpas

Welcome to the kick-off of Virtual Everest 2020 – Support the Climbing Sherpas. As regular readers of my blog know due to fears over the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, Nepal closed all climbing, including Everest, for the spring 2020 season. China, through the Tibet Mountaineering Association, closed all their mountains to foreigners, Chinese nationals will be allowed on Everest and a small team is planning their expedition starting in a few weeks. After 20 years of climbing or reporting on Everest, not covering it was going to leave a hole in my, and many other’s Spring. So I thought, why not cover continue reading

Mar 122020
 
Everest 2020: Was it Correct to Close Everest?

Follow Virtual Everest 2020 –  Support the Climbing Sherpas starting April 2, 2020 Now that word is spreading that both Nepal and China have closed the 2020 Spring Everest (and other mountains) season let’s talk about if this was the correct decision. For me, the answer is clearly yes. Climbing is a sport, it’s optional and it’s supposed to be fun. It’s also an industry, the Everest Industrial Complex has many layers and supports many families and livelihoods. For a small country like Nepal, trekking and climbing are the backbones of their tourism economy. But sometimes, the case is just too continue reading

Everest 2020: Nepal Joins China and Closes Everest

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Mar 122020
 
Everest 2020: Nepal Joins China and Closes Everest

Follow Virtual Everest 2020 –  Support the Climbing Sherpas starting April 2, 2020   Nepal has joined China in closing the spring climbing season on all mountains, including on Everest citing Covid-19 aka the Coronavirus. Nepali officials also decided to temporarily stop issuing on-arrival tourist visas to all countries through the end of April. Previously it only applied to eight countries with a large number of virus cases. According to this article in the Kathmandu Post, the leading Nepali operator, Seven Summits Treks had 60 clients signed up but six canceled just this week. Seven Summit Treks, the largest expedition operator continue reading

Mar 072020
 
Three Questions for Jost Kobuschh's Winter Everest West Ridge Attempt

I caught up with Jost Kobuschh and congratulated him on a fine effort. In review, he was attempting a winter, solo Everest climb on the rarely attempted West Ridge without supplemental oxygen and no Sherpa support. This exact style and the route had never been attempted or accomplished. The German alpinist tagged his high point at 7,329-meters/23,750-feet. He said before starting the expedition, he would be pleased to tag 8,000-meters so he got close. Well done by any measure. I asked him three questions and he generously replied: 1. Overall, how are you feeling – physically and emotionally? Emotionally its this time continue reading

Everest 2020: Welcome to Everest 2020 Coverage

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Feb 242020
 
Everest 2020: Welcome to Everest 2020 Coverage

Welcome to the kick-off for my Everest 2020 coverage! I have already posted a few articles on 2020 and am actively covering the current winter Everest attempts so let me officially welcome you. This will be my 19th season of all-things Everest: 13 times providing coverage, another 4 seasons of actually climbing on Everest and two years attempting Lhotse. I did similar coverage for the 2004,  2005,  2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020 seasons. I summited Everest on May 21, 2011, and have attempted Everest three other times – 2002, 2003, 2008 and Lhotse in 2015 and 2016. If you are one of my 2 continue reading

Everest 2020: Team Locations and Headlines

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Feb 242020
 
Everest 2020: Team Locations and Headlines

Follow Virtual Everest 2020 –  Support the Climbing Sherpas starting April 2, 2020   LATEST HEADLINE 2020 Season Cancelled due to Coronavirus Welcome to the 2020 edition of Alan Arnette’s annual coverage of the Everest climbing season. I try to provide insight and interpretation of the activities ranging from routes to weather to the challenge and reward of climbing Everest. It’s based on my own three Everest attempts and my 2011 summit plus my climbing experiences of a K2 summit in 2014, Manaslu in 2013 and 30+ more peaks around the world. My reporting uses my own research, sources, and public information. continue reading