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Dispatches from afar - the Alaska Range. Josh Terrell photo
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
Writing dispatches in camp on Kilimanjaro. Mark Gunlogson photo
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September 5, 2014

Ideal Mont Blanc Summit

 It was an amazing evening on the summit of Mont Blanc! We left the Gouter hut at 3:20 pm and enjoyed a crowd free climb to the top. Summiting at 6:50 pm, we took our time descending, reveling in the incredible evening light cast upon the mountain. A truly amazing day in the mountains and a new friend made. 

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August 28, 2014

"Pole pole" on Kilimanjaro

This was the last Kilimanjaro trip of the season and all six clients made to the top. The group arrived on the 9th August 2014 but in two separate flights. George with his kids arrived from Nairobi while the other three arrived with KLM. First night at our private camp was very special place to be. Driving in darkness from the airport, Michael said, “Ben, what are we going to see?” “Nothing!” I answered in a joking way. It is very dark but we could see some lights in the villages, and in the park before camp we saw a waterbuck and three rabbits. So perhaps I was wrong as we did see something!

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August 22, 2014

Weather in the Alps Won't Stop the Madness

This summer hasn't been the best in the Alps in terms of the weather and therefore the conditions. It has been raining a lot and the high peaks are covered with fresh snow. The good news is that in the Alps it is fairly easy to go to a different area and still get a great day of alpinism. Following that idea, we just finished a trip in Europe with five summits instead of three.

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August 19, 2014

Pik Lenin Expedition Reaches Base Camp

We have arrived at Base Camp to beautiful skies, Pik Lenin rising directly above. The drive to camp took us over a nearly 4000 meter pass, on a highway that, in places, was so damaged there was room only for one vehicle.  We drove south from Osh, through the Trans-Altai mountain range, finally emerging into the Alay Valley and the start of the Pamir Range and Pik Lenin. [+] READ MORE

August 18, 2014

First Report from Pik Lenin Expedition

We have a great group for Pik Lenin, and we had a good first day in the country.  We explored the city of Osh and viewed the most famous sights.  First we hiked up Sulayman Mountain, the only World Heritage site in Kyrgyzstan.  The mountain has been a destination for Muslim and pre-Muslim pilgrimages in this 3000 year old city.  The mountain is surrounded by legend and it is said that women who ascend the mountain and crawl through an opening in the holy rock will have healthy children. 

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