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/
The American Alpine Club is hosting a dinner to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Americans on Everest in San Francisco. This event will be held on February 23rd, 2013. For more information go to: http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/american-alpine-club-to-host-50th-anniversary-of-americans-on-mount-everest-annual-benefit-dinner-press-release
Mike and crew just returned from a successful expedition to Vinson Massif in Antarctica. All team members summited. Two climbers went on to ski the last degree to the South Pole. Adding on a visit to the South Pole makes for a remarkable follow up to a Vinson expedition.
You can now buy high quality prints from Climbing the Seven Summits at the Kalakora Gallery! http://www.kalakora.com/
Here’s an extended interview on the REI blog by journalist Terry Wood: //www.rei.com/share/rei-blog/2012/10/climbing-7-summits.html
Denali climbers, you might be interested in this one: http://www.topworldbooks.com/detail.aspx?s=22852 Bradford Washburn’s logbook from his historic first ascent.