PEAK FREAKS NEWS
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2008
Welcome to our autumn newsletter. Summer is on its way out and
so are we. We had a very exciting year in 2008. We enjoyed successful expeditions on Mt. Everest,
Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua. Peak Freaks totalled 13 Everest summits
this year including putting the FIRST climber from Saudi Arabia on top and now
we are gearing up for our Mt. Pumori/|Everest Training climb..
Expedition/Everest Training Climb begins Oct. 2, 2008 in Nepal. Followed by an adventure in New Zealand and
finishing off with scuba diving
in the Cook Islands. After that we will be heading back to Africa for New Years,
skiing in Europe and by the time we return, our BC winter will be in full swing
offering us glorious waste deep powder. To stay on top of it all will we once
again be offering a series of avalanche courses.
Below is an introduction to what we have been up to and what is
Mount Pumori South Ridge
"BAG IT" Expedition: NEPAL: Mount Pumori is a 7145m peak
situated in the Everest region of Nepal. The common trekking peak, Kala Pattar
is her shoulder. Mount Pumori is the daughter mountain of Everest. This is our
fourth expedition on Mount Pumori via the south ridge. This is not the standard
route that has claimed so many lives in the past few years. For reasons we have
explained in our 2007 Ama Dablam blog, we have moved off Ama Dablam for safety,
sanitary and sanity reasons.
once again be practicing our "white snow policies" by supplying
everyone with biodegradable human waste bags in an effort to keep the route and the waters
of the Khumbu clean as we did on Everest this past spring. Hence the name
"BAG IT" expedition. more....
||Learn For Life:
Vanessa? If you were following our Everest blog this past spring you will
remember her as the fearless and caring leader leading of our support trek group
to Everest base camp. Vanessa and her husband Guy Higgott were on
expedition with us in 2007 on Ama Dablam. During that time they fell in love with the country and
more so the people. Right now Guy and another Peak Freak'er, Guy
Leveille, have teamed up to climb Cho Oyu to raise money for
"Learn For Life". In the next while Vanessa and I will be putting our
heads together to organize a support trek for "Learn For Life".
The proceeds from this trek will go the scholarship program. We are
looking at dates of spring 2010 and possibly the Annapurna region. Stay tuned!
||Avalanche AST1 and AST2 Course
Schedule: CANADA: Is now up on our website for the winter 2008/2009
season in the Nelson area. All courses will be based out of our Base
Camp Lodge on Whitewater Ski Area Road, Nelson B.C.
Our terrain is
ideal for learning. Kootenay backcountry offers variable conditions,
always an abundance of snow, changing weather patterns offering steep and deep lines right outside
our door. Courses include accommodation in
our luxurious log chalet and a warm up in the hot tub at days end to all our AST2
participants. Avalanchc Courses
price/dates and curriculum here.
Dec. 15, 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009
|Team Peak Freaks:- Everest video makes the top 25
in the MEC
video competition. The final vote is Oct. 9, 2008. You MUST check
it out!!!!.... follow this link: Peak
For those of you who missed it, Tim and Sultan's comments have
been posted on our Everest News page from
our 2008 Everest climb. We are back in 2009, again via the South
Ridge in Nepal. As of today there are only 4 spots left so if you are
planning on joining in you should be talking to us real soon or you may miss out.
|Mt. Everest Training Climb- NEPAL: Full
for Oct. 2, 2008 and booking fast for Oct. 2, 2009. We booked up
early this year by popular demand. Don't miss out on the next one....more
|Climb Kilimanjaro and African
Safari: AFRICA: Dec. 29- 2008: New Years! climb via the
Machame route led by Tim Rippel and followed by an African Wildlife Safari.
Next years our Kilimanjaro expedition will be led by Scott Mortensen.
Known to many as the master
blogger from our Everest 2008 expedition. Scott will be filming and
writing about the Kilimanjaro expedition. A professional DVD will made
available to all participants. more...
Photo: View from our room looking out over Ngorongoro
Crater. The "WOW" factor at its best!.
- Feb. 6, 2009 - Polish Glacier.
Aconcagua is an excellent pre-Everest objective to gain altitude
before joining our Everest climb. The acclimatization gained from our
February climb works perfectly for allowing the Everest climber an
opportunity to get pre-adjusted to high altitude before heading over to
the Himalayas. Also a good training ground to test skills
needed for big mountain climbing on a non-technical peak. Its not
just an Everest boot camp though, it is much more. It is a very enjoyable
objective for anyone with limited to no skills and great sense of
A few spots still remaining for this February.
|Everest Base Camp Trek: NEPAL- May 1, 2009- Once again we are offering a 17 day trek to Everest
Base Camp including 2 nights expedition style with our Everest summit
team. Using Sherpa lodges on the way in and out and following the original Hillary route. This
is a unique opportunity for Peak Freak participants. more..
and Ski Elbrus- RUSSIA: One of the seven summits and the
highest mountain in Europe. 18,586 feet/ 5665m. Elbrus lies just north of
the main Caucasus Chain- a range almost 1000 miles long with a heavily
glaciated central section containing several summits rising well above
5000m. Many of the remote side valleys are seldom visited except in summer
Climb to the top and optional ski down! 12-days- July
TIBET IS OPEN AGAIN!..... bit by bit that is. We
are once again able to book Tibet Overland Jeep
Tours and Tibet Mountain Bike
Tim has all the winter wood in now and is busy chasing
moose and deer around the forest to put some steaks in the freezer before
heading off to Pumori. Bookmark out Pumori
news page for daily updates beginning Oct. 2, 2008. We are promised some
good entertainment this year from participants.
everyone an abundant harvest season.
Tim and Becky Rippel - Adventure Artisans