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|TIM AND LIZ
TAKING CARE OF BIZ! One of the most
important figures in Himalayan climbing may be someone
who has never been to Everest Base Camp, and is not a
climber. In 1960, a young American woman, Elizabeth
Hawley, moved to Nepal as a reporter for Time, Inc.
Initially sending home political dispatches from the
kingdom, it wasn’t long before Hawley’s pen found
its niche: mountaineering in the world’s highest
places. She quickly became part of the Kathmandu scene,
socializing regularly with an electic group of
adventures, climbers, royalites politicians and
entrepreneurs. Liz is still in Kathmandu today a the age
of 84 and has been the unofficial chronicler of every
detail of every expedition mounted from Nepal in the
Himalayas from more than four decades.
THE NUT" Our in
house specialist on nutrition for high altitude climbing.
Everest CAMP ELEVATIONS via
the South Ridge in Nepal
in business, I believe one of the best testimonies a
business can receive is a repeat customer. On the flight
home I was already making plans to return to Nepal for
another trek and climb and it will be with Peak Freaks.
Companies make a lot of claims to attract customers, and an
often heard one is “The Personal Touch” . Peak Freaks
bills itself as a small-scale company but it is large scale
in making one feel like they’re a member of a family and
not just a client. Tim’s personal involvement with all
aspects of the journey was impressive. Ray Bachman-USA
SOUTH RIDGE EXPEDITION
got history..... and it's all good!
We've officially retired from mountaineering in the Himalayas!
were blessed to have guided safely in the Himalayas all these years and
never lost a client. Leaving on a good note is how we planned to make
our exit, and we are more than proud to say we did it. We started
guiding here in the beginning of Everest commercial expedition time. We
grew old with our Sherpa friends and played a big roll in the changes
that have taken place in this country.
we are actively organizing a charity to help rebuild schools in Nepal
post earth quake. During our 25 years experience working in Nepal
we helped build lodges and businesses with our Nepalese friends and
today we extend a hand keeping our friends employed offering private
guided standard and luxury treks to anyone interested in experiencing
the "best of the best" in Nepal or Tibet - with the best
people as your guides.
it's trekking the Everest or Annapurna
region, Kilimanjaro, building earth bag
schools, or visiting Everest base camp
overland by jeep in Tibet, Buddhist meditation centers, yoga retreats or cultural
exploration, we're keen to help by extending friendship and knowledge
offering customized experiences.
a palm reader in Nepal told us 26 years that we would go from mountains
to oceans. Today we spend time aboard our sailboat exploring and living
among the whales and grizzly bears in the inside passage on British
Columbia's west coast here in Canada, but remain committed to using our
expertise to connect aspiring explores to help you get the most out of
your adventure dollars and time through our deep rooted connections and experience.
Adventures are never over, they just change.
Kind words from Patrick
McKibbin, youngest Irish climber to-date to summit Everest in 2013'..
"Tim, Of the
time I had with you, you were an unbelievable leader, communicator, and
always calm-which showed your control, respect and force in the
mountains. I want to say that I look up to you and your whole persona
and it was incredibly inspiring how you worked in the mountains- thanks
for sharing all you did. You and team have made
memories, far greater than mountains.... Thanks PM"
and Becky "I
am proud to be a friend of you both. Your involvement in
Nepal and its people is one of the things that Tim really
impressed upon me, he is a different kind of climber, and I
aspire to that. I would trust my children to climb Everest
with Tim. He is one of the most well rounded climbers I
know"- Todd Sampson-(Canada/Australia) Everest
Some of the Peak Freaks Sherpa Guiding Team
that will be sadly missed.
"We are greatly indebted to
you and Tim for helping Larry realize his Everest dream! We
thought Everest was out of the realm of possibility when looking
at the prices of the other companies. We are so grateful that
you made it possible.
I can't thank you enough for
all of your efforts in updating the website daily, it was the
most consistent link I had to what was going on with Larry,
and I know it made all the difference to go with a
husband-wife operated company because you really understood
what loved ones waiting and watching at home were going
through. Larry and I both agree that we wouldn't have wanted
to go with any other company."- Carol and Larry Williams-
USA- Larry Everest summiteer.
|"As a former professional firefighter, I
chose to climb Mt. Everest with Tim Rippel and Peak Freaks because of their
amazing safety record. Over his 28 years of guiding experience, Tim has taken
people all over the world in all sorts of amazing and adventurous conditions and
never lost a single client. Near the top of Mt. Everest, I witnessed him
perform a rescue in the Death Zone, a feat rarely accomplished in the annals of
mountaineering. Even though I am certified in Rope Rescue Systems and
Mountain Rescue, I could not believe the skill, dedication, and ability Tim
performed the rescue...and without oxygen. That's right, he's not afraid
to risk his own life for yours. So if you're in the market for an all time
adventure on top of the world or just a leisurely stroll up Kilimanjaro, I'd go
with Peak Freaks. It's always more fun when your guide is this good."
- Scott Mortensen USA- Everest Summiteer.
Our tent is now empty, the place where memories and life-long
friendships were made.
AKA- Tim Ripple for the
benefit of finding a common spelling mistake used when searching Everest
on search engines. R
Climbing Mt Everest was always going to be my
Olympics after failing to get to the 1992 Winter Olympics in my chosen
sport of Freestyle Skiing, so when I decided to climb Mt Everest I
could only go with the best, the Gold medal team of Tim, Becky and the
Peaks Freaks team. I have been associated with great achievements all
my life so when I had the chance to climb Mt Everest I could only
think of one team to go with… Peaks Freaks. Tim and the team put
together one of the most professional and well guided expeditions on
the mountain. I have no hesitation in recommending any person to join
Tim and the Peak Freaks team to make their dream and ambition of
climbing to the top of the World come true.
Andreas Breitfuss - Mt Everest
summiteer, May 2012
"There are events in a persons life
that will irreversibly change them. Climbing Mt.
Everest with Tim Rippel at the helm proved to be one of these events
for me. I did not reach the summit, but this was not a reason to
hang my head. Often the most valuable life lessons are hidden in
not reaching our original goal- or at least this has been the case for
my journey. If I could go back with Peak Freaks I would have it
no other way. Having said that, the 2012 Peak Freaks team put
almost all of the climbers on the summit, the most successful expedition
on the mountain during 2012- from what I've researched. Will I
climb Everest again? Most likely. And I will do it with
Peak Freaks. Tim orchestrates tight logistics, hires the best
guides in the industry, and has a knack for keeping the team in great
spirits. - Travis McPhee