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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 2015'
1 to approximately May 25
got history, and it's all good!
All inclusive from Kathmandu (Start
date to be in Kathmandu March 30)
1:1 Sherpa Guide : climber "plus" 1:6 Mountain Guide
Leadership plus assistant guides.
2:1 Private Guide/Sherpa Guide:Climber
Sherpa option: + $6,000.00US 2:1 Sherpa Guides:Climber
from Peak Freaks Faces
tell a thousand words. Thanks team member Scott Mortensen for sharing this
experience with everyone.
OFFICIAL..... Tim Rippel back
on Everest in 2014'
We said we'd be taking our
time to make a decision on the best possible person to guide 2014 on Everest. It didn't take long to
decide that Tim Rippel would be that person. Tim is looking very much forward to getting out of
the command position from base camp and back out on the mountain spring
2014', a place he's always preferred, climbing again with his team.
He's super stoked to climb alongside the team once again.
He'll be off to Nepal this
autumn leading a group of aspiring climbers. Our training
climb, also known as Boot
Camp, serves as an excellent platform for anyone considering climbing big
Exciting times ahead for
Peak Freaks in 2014' - join us climbing or follow along on our
Kind words from Patrick
McKibbin, youngest Irish climber to-date to summit Everest in 2013'..
"Tim, I heard you
were taking over, up the mountain. Despite being shocked of the news of
Marty, I just wanted to say I'm so proud that you're filling in. 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 you did. I hope 2014 goes well. You and team have made
memories, far greater than mountains.... Thanks PM"
is a strong and skilled Mountain Guide. Joshua
Jarrin is a member of the IFMGA/UIAGM from Ecaudor. He worked with Peak
Freaks a couple autumns in part with our training climb in the Khumbu
and summited Everest with our team in 2011'. We watched Joshua
summit the impressive rock and icy route up to Pumori which is rarely
ascended today due to the technical complications on the summit ridge. Joshua also holds a B.A. in Culinary Art which comes in handy
considering food plays such an important role in the success of an
Joshua is busy climbing and
guiding worldwide these days. We expect him back on Everest in 2014'.
Farebrother, a name given to him by Tim a couple years back. Currently a
firefighter in Perth ,Western Australia specialising in USAR ( urban
search and rescue)
and Vertical Rescue. Marty Schmidt had been grooming Kevin
along with Tim the past year to apprentice in 2014 on Everest. Kevin has
been on the summit of Everest twice and all other peaks mentioned below.
Formerly a member of the British Army ( Engineers, 23 SAS )
Always climbed from early army days pushing into the mountains in
2003 in the Rockies , Canada. Then :
Zugspitze - Germany
Gross Glockner - Austria
Mont Blanc x4 solo -France
Technical mountaineering course -2006 New Zealand
Mt Aspiring x2 New Zealand
Mt McKinley 2010 - Alaska
Mt Everest. 2011- Nepal
Matterhorn 2012 - Switzerland
Dent Blanche 2012- Switzerland
Mt Everest 2013 - Nepal
Plus many other lesser known peaks
When I'm not in the mountains I live aboard my yacht and am a keen
sailor with many voyages planned for the future
WHY PEAK FREAKS
Successfully operating high altitude
expeditions since 1991, a well seasoned veterans of 45 Himalayan
mountaineering expeditions, 14 of them on Everest. Peak Freaks has a close connection to the people of the
Himalayas and a flawless client safety record that can't be matched by
any other long time operator. Peak Freak Expeditions Inc. is the booking
agent for Peak Freaks 8000 Expeditions Incorporated.
We are an owner/operated
company, the people you talk to are the people you will be climbing
along side with. We know you and you will know us and that we are accountable.
We've been around since the beginning of commercial operations here on
Everest. Our costs is less because we are owner operated,
Becky does all the bookings, sales, marketing, web maintenance and
accounts and I do the guiding. We're not paying an office of staff or
overhead expenses for an office. Those savings are passed to you in our
It's no secret our
Sherpas are the best guides on Everest who work with us year after year. They
are some of the most sought after team of climbers in the Himalayas who
live in the Khumbu; Phortse, Khunde and Khumjung. We
know them and trust them and they
always give us 100 percent. Many have multiple Everest summits to their
credit and are skilled mountaineers with certification from the NMA and
Thamang Mountaineering. We are the safest guides on Everest. During out
24 years in Nepal we've not lost one client. We are the only ones who
can boast that statistic for a long time operator.
WITH A CONSCIENCE!
Our cook Ang Karsang
Sherpa trained internationally allowing him to dish up some
extraordinary hearty and healthy meals. We use as much local food as we
possibly can to help contribute to the local economy and to cut down on
waste and CO2 emission required for transport.
fresh food is organic, chicken, buffalo, vegetables, fruit, cheese and
eggs and it is carried by yak or local porters contributing to the
welfare and enriching lives of the people of this region. We do not use
helicopters for transport bypassing the local workers small window for
tourism opportunities. Ang Karsung does all our baking so there are no
added preservatives. Only a small ratio of imported supplements are used
for those "comfort food days" which come around from time to
time while living in this remote and hostile environment. We have a Registered
Dietitian who is available to work with you and our cook,
offering guidance on achieving optimal health.
We use quality
equipment for your safety. Climbers will receive 1:1 Sherpa support above the South Col.
and 4 to 5
bottles of oxygen for the summit push plus emergency back-up. All
bottles are brought down! Our sherpas are paid by the bottle to retrieve
them and paid for additional waste that is brought off the mountain. We
contribute rope and we share other teams rope in helping to keep the
mountain clean of old tattered rope which results in a safer and cleaner
playground for all.
only corners we cut are ones that help protect the environment. We go
the extra mile to protect the economics of the local people all while
maintaining good health avoiding things like polluting
generators and implementing new waste management practices. We strive to improve
our footprint on this planet each year. To learn more check out
our alternatives: Green
friends with friends!
We use local homes and lodges on our way in to base camp. We do not
camp, instead we
choose to contribute to the local families income.
Staying in their homes works well both ways. They make a profitable income and we
get to learn about their culture and unique customs. This alone
makes for a great opportunity in learning valuable life lessons
while bonding with new friends and capturing fond memories that will
last a lifetime. The lodges we use are all certified
by the local governing body for proper hygiene. We reserve the
entire house where possible for our members to make sure everyone is somewhat
quarantined prior to climbing ensuring everyone is well fed, warm and
keep it small! For your personal safety and enjoyment and to
make room for other expeditions from around the world, we do our part in
not overcrowding camps. We are strategic in making summit window
opportunities available to everyone and avoid overcrowded routes
whenever possible and without compromising summit bids. It is a fine
tuned balance. Tim, a mountain rescue professional, professional
avalanche forecaster with 23 years of experience in this region
communicates these strategies carefully with other teams and Sherpa
climbers when tension arises during the infamous summit fever time.
Because we keep our
expeditions small and have been known to sell out a year in advance. We
are also known to be able to offer participants more flexibility because
of size. We quite often we are able to pitch summit pushes on the first
window of weather and still have a second pitch in our pocket if things
change because of our size.
For those that aren't
quite ready we offer training camps to learn and assess skills that we
feel are important.
to helping climbers achieve their goals in a safe and comfortable
environment with a special touch involving the local culture of our
Sherpa friends. We are as committed to
your safety and the safety of our Sherpa staff. The climbers we attract
are like-minded in that the climb is about the journey and reaching the
summit is a bonus. We also understand that we all want that bonus :-)
Our participant list
continues to include more and more countries each year.
you to come play with us. Take a PEAK in the Himalayas!
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