Raising Money on Everest

Over the years I suspect that millions of dollars (or pounds) have been raised by climbers on Mt Everest. Individuals and whole teams have dedicated their efforts towards charitable goals. What a great idea! 
It would be an interesting exercise to see what kind of an impact these fundraising efforts have had on their charities. To follow the money and see examples of how the tremendous efforts put forth by climbers have translated into good and amazing things being done around the world.

Picture of the Week

The Lhotse Face on Mount Everest is steep. 

Here we are climbing on the very hard clacier ice and it looks like we're headed straight up to the sun!

Happy Feet Mountaineering in Canada

High Adventure Expeditions works closely with our partners in Nepal: Happy Feet Mountaineering. This past month, their leader and a former climbing partner of Hugo's, Ngima Dendi Sherpa has been visiting Canada.
Dendi was in Vancouver and Nelson BC. He is returning to Kathmandu on Thursday. We wish Dendi safe travels and hope he had a great time in Canada.

Are You Ready to Tackle Everest?

Check out this website from Winfield Outdoors, it has a lot of information about how to prepare for an Everest expedition.
If you think you're ready, contact us for more details on our Everest expedition next spring - 2016.

Earthquake Response

The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th has caused terrible tragedy to befall a beautiful, historic nation.

Nepal Earthquake

Yesterday a huge earthquake hit Nepal. It was the strongest earthquake for more than 80 years. Many Nepalis have feared for years that a big quake was coming, their worst fears now confirmed. News organizations are reporting over 2000 fatalities, but that number is sure to rise. Hundreds of buildings have collapsed and many more have been so badly damaged that they will need to be razed. Climbers on Everest and other mountains have been hit by avalanches caused by the earthquake. There are many fatalities being reported from Everest basecamp and many more injured.

Himalayan Times Editorial on Nepali Government Mistakes

The Himalayan Times ( a Nepali newspaper) has written an editorial castigating the Nepali government for their bureaucratic failing to provide a clear process for honoring 2014 Everest climbing permits and providing leadership and a "road map" for moving climbing safety and security forward in the Everest region and beyond. The country of Nepal and the economy of the Khumbu region stand to lose huge amounts of tourist/climber money this year. To any outsider looking in, this situation would be laughable if it didn't affect so many people.

UPDATE: 2015 Everest Expedition Cancelled

High Adventure Expeditions has cancelled their 2015 Everest Expedition. Among the reasons for the cancellation High Adventure Expeditions considers the political and social situation surrounding Everest 2015 as too unstable. Climbers invest enormous amounts of personal energy and emotion into planning an Everst climb and uncertainty can quickly undermine this investment. The continued vascillating by the Nepali government, the circling media and the unanswered questions from 2014 all lead us to believe that our climbers will be better served by postponing their climbs until 2016.

Video from Everest's Ice Fall

Have you ever wondered what it is like in the ice fall that leads into the Western Cwm on Everest?
I had seen pictures of the ice fall when I was growing up and imagined what it was like many times before I first saw it.
When I first saw it and climbed it the ice fall was very different than I had imagined it to be. The scale was so much larger, the route was so much more confusing and the seracs were so beautiful and scary at the same time.