A solo winter climb of Denali? In 1984, I could not have imagined a more audacious idea. After having climbed the mountain many times in prior “normal” summer seasons, I was on vacation in Japan that winter when Naomi Umeura, a Japanese mountaineering hero, was declared lost on Denali during his attempt at the first […]
18 out of 18 on top ain’t bad! Congrats to both of my Mt. Elbrus teams this season. Everyone climbed well and stood on top of Europe while navigating some bad weather. We’re looking forward to one more hike in the valley tomorrow before making the flight back to Moscow, then homeward bound.
Every Mt. Everest expedition begins with a visit to the Ministry of Tourism in Kathmandu to meet the department heads and liason officers, and receive a climb briefing. The first teams are beginning to file through the Ministry. Many of the larger commercial expeditions are now in Nepal preparing gear and flying to the […]
TOUCHING THE NIGHT SKY There are few experiences in the known universe akin to exiting the safety and warmth of the International Space Station’s airlock and gracefully floating out into the pitch-black vacuum of space. After many months of intense training and great anticipation, not to mention the exhilaration of rocketing off of the planet in […]
ACONCAGUA’S SOUTH FACE The South Face of Aconcagua is among the biggest of the world’s big walls; its towering 9000 feet are made up of dreadfully rotten rock, collapsing ice cliffs, and steep, plunging slopes of snow and ice. It seems an environment designed to repel anyone with any sense of self-preservation. Still, for all these […]
The Everest season is officially underway with teams congregating in Kathmandu. Some teams have started the trek to base camp while others are putting the final touches on gear prep in town. You can follow Mike Hamill’s climb on the International Mountain Guides’ Everest Blog: http://www.mountainguides.com
I’ll be in San Francisco doing a book signing at the American Alpine Club’s 50th Anniversary of Americans on Everest this Saturday. If you’re in the area, stop by to say hi. Should be a fun event!
Mike Hamill recently returned from Aconcagua where his teams were able to summit on both expeditions. 100% success on the first climb and nearly 100% on the second saw 14 of 16 climbers stand on top despite windy and cold conditions. Great work to all!
You can now register for your Aconcagua climbing or trekking permit online: http://www.aconcagua.mendoza.gov.ar/