While I was away for a week, Alan Arnette continued his climb of Shisha Pangma, and released a number of dispatches from the mountain.
At this point in the climb, the team is in ABC, and waiting for a weather window to open to give them an opportunity to make their summit bid. Alan reports that the upper portions of the mountain are very snowy and dangerous at the moment. They’re hoping that conditions will change in the days ahead, and the long term weather reports say that things should improve, but for now, it’s a waiting game.
Alan and the team have completed their acclimatization climbs and have gone above 7000m. He reports that he is feeling great, climbing strong, and is ready to go up. Hopefully the weather will cooperate soon.
Good news came in today’s dispatch. You’ll recall that Alan is climbing to raise money and awareness for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and today he reports that there has been a record number of donations over the past week, something that Alan is very thankful for. Mixed in that great news however, is the reports of yet more snow on Shisha, convincing some of the teams to call it quits for the season. The upper portions of the mountain are still dangerous thanks to the heavy, deep snow, and windy conditions. The team has been in ABC for a week, and for now, the wait will continue.
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