Tag: Treks

2019 Patagonia Trek Gets Started!

Hello family and friends. The Alpine Ascents trekking group has arrived to Argentinian Patagonia. It is a team of five hikers who are eager to hit the trails in this beautiful part of South America: Jamie and Art, Jeannie and John and Pete. Yesterday, we traveled by private bus from El Calafate to El Chalten […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Team Khumbu acclimatized!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Climbing high above Pheriche to adapt to the thin air was a great idea! The view was magnificent and it was excellent training. Once we got to the old Stupa monument we could some of the highest mountains 🏔 of the world 🌎! And we had a good look […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Tengboche Welcomes Team Khumbu

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! A big drop and climb awaited us. We descended all the way down to the river and back up the other side to the famed location of the Tengboche Monastery. The monks know a good location when they see one. This is probably the best place to view Everest. […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Team Khumbu goes to Khumjung!

Namaste 🙏 friends, family and loved ones, The rain past in the night but the day dawned clear. We were blessed many times today. So we placed Kata scarves at this trail side shrine. We paid homage at the newly built nunnery. Many of the nuns hereare Tibetan by birth. As we entered the farm […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Thame Town for Team Khumbu

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, After spinning the prayer wheels we treked up the Bote Kosi Valley, we took in the amazing scenery. We met lovely locals. And observed bad wild Himalayan goats 🐐 (Tars) eating fresh potato starts out of the farmers field. Free lunch! We climbed up to the monastery high above […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Khumbu Team Explores Namche!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, The early bird gets the photo. We got up at 5am just to catch the sun ☀️ rise on Everest. We were not disappointed ☹️. Happy 😃! Crystal clear views of Everest and Lhotse along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were had. We thought the sign was rather ironic! Our […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Team Khumbu Ascends to Namche!

On the trail early today as climb 3,000 feet to the trading center of the whole area, Namche Bazaar. It was a day of crossing bridges over the Dudh Kosi river. And a day for admiring more carved Mani stones. They seem to be everywhere! Our afternoon challenge was a big hill just below Namche. […]

EBC Trek 2019 – Team Khumbu Flys to the Khumbu!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Talk about an early start, we were boarding the plane before the sun even thought about coming up. We were bound for Lukla. It was an exciting flight ✈️ flying at 120 mph through snow covered monster mountains 🏔 . We grabbed a quick breakfast in the trader village […]

2019 Everest Trek Season Kicks Off!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We were up early to get a jump on the day. First stop was the iconic Monkey temple. Next we paid a visit to Kathmandu Valley School, where some of the 55 children sponsored by Alpine Ascents’ Sherpa Education Fund are students. We hope that the kids had as […]

Kilimanjaro Team Kili Me Slowly – Summit Success!



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    Gear Review: Fozzils Bowls

    By Mike Hawkins It has been a long day – one of the most demanding climbing days you have ever experienced. Your legs are wrecked. Your back is sore and you have small bruises on your hips from your hipbelt. You have sunscreen caked into every nook and cranny, but even that didn’t keep you […]

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    Gear Review: The North Face Phantom 50 pack

    By Mike Hawkins “Man, this is a really great pack…” I said it over and over for months until my wife had finally had enough of it. She had to get one for herself.  While 50 liters is a little small for most multi-day mountaineering and winter ski tours, the small size is plenty versatile […]

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    Kick Cold to the Curb: Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm on Your Climb

    By Val Peckarsky Regardless of past matrimonial experiences, we have all experienced cold feet at one point or another. As mountaineers, with our penchant for traveling willingly into extreme conditions at high altitudes, we frequently find ourselves on the frontlines of the battle against allowing our extremities to become too cold. Cold-related injuries vary greatly […]

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