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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.. 

Mount Pumori 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 coming- enjoy!

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. 

We will 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:  NEPAL: Remember 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!  . "Learn for Life"   

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 Freaks  

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!. 

Polish Glacier Aconcagua route map

Climb Aconcagua:  ARGENTINA - 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 adventure. ...more...

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..

 NEW! Climb 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 by shepherds.

Climb to the top and optional ski down!  12-days- July 2009   more...

 

TIBET IS OPEN AGAIN!..... bit by bit that is.  We are once again able to book Tibet Overland Jeep Tours and Tibet Mountain Bike Expeditions. 

 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.

Wishing everyone an abundant harvest season.

Tashi Delek!

Tim and Becky Rippel -  Adventure Artisans

 

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