Nepal Looks Ahead to 2020 Fall Himalayan Climbing Season

Plans for the fall 2020 climbing season in the Himalaya look like they’re starting to take shape. While we’re still a couple of months away from the traditional start of the season, Nepali operators eager to get back to business have begun announcing plans for the months ahead. That includes organizing expeditions to the 8000 … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2019: Nims Summits Manaslu, Gets 13th 8000-Meter Peak

Despite the fact that I have already written a fairly extensive update on the Himalaya today, I thought this news deserved its own post. Lat Friday, Nirmal “Nims” Purja took one more step towards achieving his goal of climbing all 14 8000-meter peaks in a seven month period by reaching the top of Manaslu. Now, … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2019: Nims Eyes Manaslu Summit, More Climbers Leave Everest Base Camp

Things are starting to happen fast in the Himalaya this fall. Yesterday we noted that Nims Purja has claimed his 12th 8000-meter peak by summiting Cho Oyu and as a result he has already moved on to his next challenge. Meanwhile, more climbers have elected to leave Everest Base Camp as the danger of an … Read more

Winter Climbs 2019: It’s Over on Manaslu, Teams Struggle on K2, Nanga Parbat

While we were away at Outdoor Retailer last week, a lot changed in regards to the winter mountaineering expeditions we’ve been following so far this year. In fact, when I left for Denver there were three teams struggling against Mother Nature and now we’re down to just two. Worse yet, those remaining teams have seen … Read more

Winter Climbs 2019: Mother Nature Keeps Everyone in Base Camp

K2 Pakistan

The three major winter climb expeditions that we’ve been following closely are all essentially stuck in the exact same spot at the moment –– Base Camp. As is typical with a winter expedition on any mountain, Mother Nature dictates when and where progress takes place. In this case, heavy snows, high winds, and cold temperatures … Read more