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FA Guide Chad Peele Celebrates Birthday En Route to Ama Dablam
Posted on October 31, 2010

By Chad Peele I celebrated my 37th birthday in Dingboche while on my way to guide Ama Dablam, and yes, I have several new gray hairs! This is my second trip to Nepal this year.

First Ascent Kayak Team Prepares for Africa Expedition
Posted on October 30, 2010

The First Ascent kayak team—Ben Stookesberry, Jesse Coombs, Darin McQuoid and Chris Korbulic—has embarked upon a new expedition in Africa, inspired by 19th-century searches for the source of the Nile and ensuing expeditions into the Upper Congo.

Remembering Chhewang Nima Sherpa
Posted on October 28, 2010

As many of you have now heard, First Ascent Guide Melissa Arnot was climbing Mount Baruntse in Nepal with her dear friend Chhewang Nima Sherpa over the past weekend when he was killed by a collapsing ice serac and avalanche.

Jake Norton Guides Client Up Highest Peak in Turkey
Posted on October 27, 2010

By Jake Norton Somewhere over the Atlantic, I pulled out the worn and tattered letter from my sister and re-read the now-familiar quote from H.W. Tilman’s “When Men and Mountains Meet”

First Ascent Guide Caroline George Navigates the Frendo Spur in France
Posted on October 22, 2010

By Caroline George In Chamonix, France, guides go to work riding the Aiguille du Midi lift, just like bankers ride the subway to work in New York. The difference is the view. The cable car raises alongside a 1,200-meter-long beautiful rock and then a knife-edge snowy ridge called the Frendo Spur.

George Ascends North Couloir of the Drus in France
Posted on October 21, 2010

By Caroline George There is no easy way up the Drus—A beautiful granite monolith that stands proud above the Chamonix valley, burning like a flame as the sun sets down on it. There is no easy approach to it either. It’s a mountain that you have to earn.

First Ascent Guide Caroline George Guides Kuffner Ridge
Posted on October 15, 2010

By Caroline George Serving as a border between Italy and France, the Kuffner Ridge separates two spectacular cirques: the Maudit Cirque and the Brenva (south side of Mont Blanc). The ridge was first climbed in the late 1800s by Mr. Kuffner, who had to chop steps the whole way for his clients.