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Oct 292018
Island Peak 2018: A Push to the Top and the End

My throat was so tight, I couldn’t swallow. My chest felt like it was exploding from the inside out. And with every step I took higher, the pain level increased. So, why in the world would I take another step towards the summit of Imja Tse aka Island Peak this Saturday in October 2018? The Long Goodbye One of the worst days of my life was in 2006 when I stood in my parent’s bedroom with my mom, Ida, standing in front of me. “Mom lets get a few things so you can spend the night.” She looked up at continue reading

Oct 212018
Island Peak: Summit and $25,000++ for Alzheimer's!

What a short journey this has been!! Kami and I summited Island Peak around 10 am on October 21, 2018 but what I will remember more is that YOU donated over $25,000 to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I often say that you never know which donation will fund the breakthrough that solves this conundrum. The Crowdrise site is now at $16,275 BEFORE the $10,000 match from Jim and Carol Beers thus taking the overall donations to $26,275 exceeding the stretch goal of $25K. If I never climb again, this is the way to go continue reading

Oct 182018
Island Peak 2018:Time to Climb

Well time has come to stop posting and to start climbing! First I wish all a happy Dashain. Kami and I leave Tomorrow 19 Oct for Island Peak. The summit is on the ridge far behind the face as shown in the pictures. Today we did our final acclimatization hike to Chungkung Ri, about 17,700’ more or less. We were rewarded with clear, sharp views of Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, Peak 38, Island Peak, Makalu and of course, Ama Dablam. they were stunning. The weather forecast hasn’t changed a lot so we are expecting sub 0F wind chills and continue reading

Oct 172018
Island Peak 2018: 3 Degrees of Separation with Kami Sherpa

Traveling with Kami Sherpa in the Khumbu is like being with Kevin Bacon except it’s not Six Degrees of Separation it’s more like three! For the past 11 days everywhere we go Kami says “oh, that’s my ____” fill in the blank with cousin, uncle, sister, friend … This guy is a rock star!!!!! Seriously, it’s great to spend this time with him. After his serious injury on K2 in 2015, I wondered if he would ever climb again. Seeing him in full stride is inspiring. Free Spirit Kami doesn’t work for any specific company but is kind of a continue reading

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

Island Peak 2018: Crossing the Cho La

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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