Back in early January, Alan Arnette announced his intention to become just the second American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000 meter peaks. Having already successfully topped out on Everest, Manaslu, and K2, he will now set his sights on the remaining 11 mountains starting with Lhotse this spring. The initiative is part of Alan’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s, an affliction that he has a very personal connection with having lost his mother to the disease a few years back. To date, his efforts have reached more than 50 million people, and he had raised $250,000 for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. With Project 8000, he hopes to raise those numbers to 100 million and $1 million respectively.
This spring Alan will travel to Nepal where he’ll be attempting to summit Lhotse, the 8516 meter (27,940 ft) neighbor to Everest. In fact, the two mountains are so close that they share much of the same route to the top, as mountaineers go up the Lhotse Face before diverting in separate directions. Much of the climb will be very familiar to Alan, who has spent plenty of time on Everest in the past. This should make his climb a bit easier, as he won’t be facing a completely new experience while scaling this Himalayan giant.
Alan will depart the U.S. on March 30 and soon there after he’ll begin blogging about his adventure both from the trail, and Everest Base Camp. Throughout the spring, we’ll be able to get some very candid and personal dispatches from the climb, which should make for a very enjoyable experience for those that follow along. Alan writes with an engaging style that makes it fun to follow his efforts, and I’m sure he’ll keep readers posted about any and all developments on the mountain.
Speaking of Everest, we’re now just a month away from climbers setting out for Kathmandu, and in the days ahead they will be frantically packing all of their gear and preparing for the challenge ahead. Just what equipment they bring with them is crucial to their comfort on the mountain, and eventual success on a summit bid in late May or early June. With that in mind, Alan has also written a very interesting blog post about the gear that he takes with him on his expeditions. The story includes his selections for warm sleeping bags, boots, gloves, packs, and more. If you’ve ever wondered about what gear is best for an Everest climb, than you’ll certainly want to give this article a read. He also shared the video below, which is a couple of years old, but also gives us some insights into the gear situation for climbing in the Himalaya.