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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Recap

Waking up slowly in my tent on the slopes on Kilimanjaro, I heard camp beginning to stir. Local guides, porters and climbers started to emerge from their tents dotting the Shira I campsite. From a variety of different directions, the common Swahili greeting “Jambo” was being tossed around. In varying degrees of pre-coffee stupor, some…

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Moose’s Tooth Alpine Climb

“Ham and Eggs” By Nick Aiello-Popeo, 2017   While most visitors to the Central Alaska Range toil under heavy loads on Denali’s West Buttress, some of us prefer the relatively-smaller surrounding peaks, with their steeper faces and lighter backpacks. It was during my first trip up Denali in 2010, while flipping through a well-worn guidebook…

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Patience on Mount Everest

The 2017 Mountain Trip Everest team is staying fit and acclimated at base camp by taking daily hikes up to nearly 19,000 ft on nearby Pumori.  The weather up high on Mount Everest has continued to be difficult, winds and snow continue, but teams have pushed up to the top and the rope is now…

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Everest Team Enjoying Namche

The climbers are on their way to Everest base camp and spent the day enjoying the village of Namche today.  They’ll spend a couple of extra days on their way up to base camp to acllimatize and enjoy the journey, and Namche is a favorite stop.  They went for a hike above town to a…

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family ice climbing

Family Ice Climbing!!

Family Ice Climbing in Colorado “You really want me to ice climb?” “C’mon Dad!  I know you can do it!” cried 8-year old Izzy, tugging on her father’s hand and directing him toward the leather couch in our reception area. Grinning in the thin air of Telluride’s 8,750 foot elevation, Ernie allowed himself to be…

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