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Everest No Filter Team Heads for the Summit
Posted on May 20, 2016

Eddie Bauer guide Adrian Ballinger at 26,000 feet on the north side of Everest checking in on the radio after ascending on May 16th. Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world is looking not so tall over his left shoulder while he checks in with the team's high altitude expedition doctor and the Alpenglow Expeditions guide and Sherpa team. Hourly checks ensure he and Cory are not slurring, are managing the cold and are remaining fully competent in the thin air. As Ballinger says, the risks are personal but it's a team effort to ensure they never cross a fatal line.

Few expeditions to the world’s tallest peak have generated the social media traction and following of Everest No Filter. And for those who have been following along on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, the unfiltered good, funny and brutal realities of attempting the climb without supplemental oxygen are both personally engaging and strangely compelling. We’re rooting for the pair and tracking their daily progress. The latest update from Richards and Ballinger is that they rotated back down to base camp earlier this week to recover for a few days and celebrate Cory’s birthday—but are now back on the move, at advanced base camp and targeting a summit attempt in the next five days. Yesterday, the pair appeared via the miracle of satellite technology on CBS This Morning. Today, for a recap of their first ascension to 26,000 feet, we are reposting their best shots from the past few week that they sent us via What’s Ap.

Eddie Bauer alpinists Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger staying warm in their First Ascent Peak XV down suits.

Images by Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger

North Col camp on the north side of Everest. Another rotation up high Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger.

Top Image: Eddie Bauer guide Adrian Ballinger at 26,000 feet on the north side of Everest checking in on the radio after ascending on May 16th. Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world is looking not so tall over his left shoulder while he checks in with the team’s high altitude expedition doctor and the Alpenglow Expeditions guide and Sherpa team. Hourly checks ensure he and Cory are not slurring, are managing the cold and are remaining fully competent in the thin air. As Ballinger says, the risks are personal but it’s a team effort to ensure they never cross a fatal line.

Next Image: Eddie Bauer alpinists Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger staying warm in their First Ascent Peak XV down suits, while Snapchatting their expedition globally.

Above: North Col camp on the north side of Everest. Another rotation up high Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger.

The visuals after the team's Puja at Advanced Base Camp on Everest's North Side. As Richards reported, "Pujas are a time for the team to come together and engage, spiritually or otherwise, with each other and the mountain. The blessings written on the prayer flags hung from a juniper pole are released as the wind blows...and whether or not you believe in the religious basis of the ceremony, it's impossible to believe that something much bigger is not present. Some Pujas are super formal, others like ours, are more low key. Today we celebrated as a family vs a climbing team....and it felt good, and quiet, and present. Couldn't have asked for a better day and a better partner for this our No Os attempt this year. Here is wishing every team a sound and uneventful climb. Respect and love for the mountain rising behind the birds and above the prayers and clouds. "

Above: The visuals after the team’s Puja at Advanced Base Camp on Everest’s North Side. As Richards reported, “Pujas are a time for the team to come together and engage, spiritually or otherwise, with each other and the mountain. The blessings written on the prayer flags hung from a juniper pole are released as the wind blows…and whether or not you believe in the religious basis of the ceremony, it’s impossible to believe that something much bigger is not present. Some Pujas are super formal, others like ours, are more low key. Today we celebrated as a family vs a climbing team….and it felt good, and quiet, and present. Couldn’t have asked for a better day and a better partner for this our No Os attempt this year. Here is wishing every team a sound and uneventful climb. Respect and love for the mountain rising behind the birds and above the prayers and clouds. “

Morning tent views last week at 23,000 feet for Eddie Bauer alpinist Cory Richards.

Above: Morning tent views last week at 23,000 feet for Eddie Bauer alpinist Cory Richards.

Eddie Bauer alpinist Cory Richards heading out from the North Col camp on another acclimatization round, going from 23,000 to 25,000 feet to prepare for a successful Everest summit.

Above: Eddie Bauer alpinist Cory Richards and his Alchemist heading out from the North Col camp on another acclimatization round, going from 23,000 to 25,000 feet to prepare for a successful Everest summit.

Digging out at 21,000 feet.

Above: Digging out at 21,000 feet.

Eddie Bauer and Alpenglow Expeditions guide Adrian Ballinger on Everest.

Above: Eddie Bauer and Alpenglow Expeditions guide Adrian Ballinger on Everest.

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Above: Cory Richards toeing a fine line while making steady progress up the North Side route on Everest.

For Cory Richards, capturing the right selfie angle is a serious high altitude pursuit. Nailing the shot above 23,000 feet.

Above: For Cory Richards, capturing the right selfie angle is a serious high altitude pursuit. The pro nailing the shot above 23,000 feet. 

Cory Richards climbing in stellar conditions above 23,000 feet, before the team descended back to base camp to rest, recuperate and celebrate Richard's birthday on Wednesday.

Above: Cory Richards climbing in stellar conditions above 23,000 feet, before the team descended back to base camp to rest, recuperate and celebrate Cory’s birthday on Wednesday.

 

Follow the climb via EverestNoFilter on Snapchat or via @CoryRichardsNG and @eddiebauer on Instagram and check back for updates on the LiveYourAdvenure blog and Eddie Bauer Facebook feed.

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