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RheaM
RheaM I'm in! Will do Kilimanjaro next summer, then wanna do North or South America before Everest so it all fits in :)
Todd
Todd You'll love Kili; it's a fun climb, though still challenging. Good luck :)
3 years ago
Alice
Alice I just did Kili and would like to do Aconcauga in Argentyna‏. in 2012. Anyone who is planing to climb Aconcauga?
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Hey Alice, I did Kili this year too and am pretty keen to move to the next step. However Aconcauga is a big next step with about an extra 1000m of acclimtisation to deal with over Kili. I have read a few report that Mt McKinley at 6,198 metres which i almost on your back door step is (weather permitting) supposed to be the next natural progression either that or Elbrus in Russia. I'm pretty keen for someone with experience on all 3 for any advice if they have any.
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Good lord my spelling and grammar at 8:30am is quite disappointing.
3 years ago
Todd

Todd Hey Alice/Lee, we've also done Kili and were looking to do Aconcagua. From all reports, Elbrus is much less technical than Aconcagua and Denali, but it's in Russia and it's only a short expedition. I believe a ski lift (or cable car) takes you most of the way up.

Aconcagua is also less technical than the easiest route on Denali. So while it's much higher, I think it's not as challenging. We planned on doing Aconcagua last January, but the required gear stopped us. We are travelling long-term with very small bags, so we basically need to hire and purchase lots of gear. In particular, climbers need plastic boots (or equivalent) for Aconcagua. They're good for nothing else.

I had pretty serious boots for Kili but at least I could use them on other tough treks and in the snow. The boots needed for Aconcagua are only useful for high-altitude climbs or in Arctic conditions. So without anywhere to store all the gear (and the cost of hiring gear), we postponed Aconcagua.

All that said, we may be moving to Chile in December (for other reasons), so that would put us a couple of hours from Aconcagua for much of 2012. Would love to hear how you guys progress with plans.

As an in between climb, there's also Mont Blanc, which is the tallest peak in Europe. It's not included in the 7summits because Elbrus is on the European side of the tectonic plate that divides Russia. I wrote all about the 7summits here: http://globetrooper.com/notes/secretly-enamoured-with-the-seven-summits/

3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert If any of you are planning trips for Aconcagua or Denali and need another I am totally in. Both of those are on my to do list before Everest. I will totally be up for Everest in 2013. Island Peak and Ama Dablam would be sweet to knock off to. I have heard Base camp of Elbrus is just shit, contaminated with feces, and many other problems. Much rather pick Denali or Aconcagua over that one, if I had to decide right now.
3 years ago
Lee_Y

Lee_Y Hmm like this forum seems to be a lot of helpful people.

I can understand peoples concerns on Elbrus, but Russia is not too far from the UK and would be good a experience of climbing in snow without the technical requirements that are needed of Mt Blanc before I attempt anything like Denali. Of course I wouldn’t use the cable car if it is possible.

I’m trying ice climbing this year for the first time in Scotland and will probably practice each year, along with the bouldering I already do. Eventually I’ll have built up enough skill on confidence to do Mt Blanc on other more technical climbs.

The way I see it these things aren't meant to be rushed unless your are a millionaire that is also a super athlete and I happen to be neither.

After I did the Everest base camp trek 3 years ago I always knew I would come back to Nepal several times in my life and if at one point I had gathered enough experience and fitness to climb the worlds tallest mountain I’d go for it. In the meantime, I’m still young and I’ve decided to climb a mountain and run a marathon each year of my life and work my way towards going higher and faster but there's no rush.

I reached the summit of Kili in 3 days and was back in my hotel on the 4th day so I know I’m fit but I know how much harder and colder those extra 1000m are going to be. Just read this blog which I enjoyed: http://7summits.com/aconcagua/tripreportsth1.php that is worth a look. If anyone knows of any mountains worth looking at that would be around 6400-6700m I love to hear of them. If I speak to someone who has a lot of experience who thinks I could do it, I’d give it a go next year. Otherwise its unlikely.

Todd good luck with your future possible moves, hope everything works out.

3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren I am down for Aconcagua or Denali. Both really appeal to me, but I would need a bit of time to train and get all the necessary gear. What time frame are we looking at for next year? Aconcagua season is Dec-Feb I think, and Denali would be Summer (June-Aug).
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Gasherbrum-V is a 6900m mountain in Pakistan. Though you'll be walking past a few 8000ers including K2 to get to it, so that might be depressing. Trango towers would be a good one to if your at all into Alpine rock climbing. Shivling in India is pretty striking to. Maybe Even Mt Logan here in Canada. It is shy of your altitude, but it is sure to test your endurance as it is quite the hike to the mountain. I am pretty sure it is the largest mountain in the world in area to. You are correct about the seasons for both mountains Lauren. I'm from Canada to and might be down for Aconcagua for sure next year.
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Cheers Jebbert ill give them a look over!
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Siula Grande in Peru home of the Touching the Void story with Joe Simpson is another one that falls into your search criteria. I am fairly certain the South face is still unclimbed if your looking for a monumental challenge. I think the North Ridge is the easy route on that mountain. There are a quite a few in South America. Illampu in Bolivia has a hard normal route compared to others in Bolivia. Huascaran in Peru also comes to mind. There are a allot of nice ones that fall short of that altitude but a much more technically demanding.
3 years ago
Andy Sparks

Andy Sparks Lee_Y, for 6400 to 6700m peaks, I'd suggest looking in Bolivia and Peru. I have a friend who climbed Sajama and Huascaran this summer and Chopicalqui last summer. He had great experiences on both trips. There seem to be a lot of great objectives in the Cordillera Blanca (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-blanca-range/mountains-rocks/p-152467) and the Cordillera Real (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-real-bolivia/mountains-rocks/p-319611). If it has to be over 6400m, then some in Peru and Bolivia that qualify are: Huascaran (over 6700m), Sajama, Illimani, and Ancohuma. If you are willing to extend the search down to 6300m, then Chopicalqui, Illampu, Parinacota, and Chimborazo in Ecuador may be good options. I climbed Chimborazo last January it was a good experience but not my favourite mountain. I thought Cotopaxi was nicer, but it is under 6000m. I've climbed Aconcagua and Denali, both good mountains, but crowded because of their 7 summits status. I’ve been to Logan in the Yukon, which is a big mountain that feels remote.

3 years ago
Alice
Alice Ineed time to train and get all the necessary gear too. Its different then Kili for sure. When is good season for Aconcauga? I was thinking about 1st quarter of 2012. Anyone thinking to do together? I am from Canada
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Hey Alice, that seems like a realistic time frame for me as i'm booked up at the start of next year. Even if we don't end up climbing together it would be useful to pool information on prices and information etc. I'll let you know when I start organising something over the next few months.
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Aconcagua would be awesome to do next year. I was hoping to do it this year but ran into financial struggles. I completely forget what the price was working out to be in the end, but I will try and figure it out again. From what I hear you can sometimes struggle getting your gear down there. Some people find it easier to buy there gear there, and sell it afterwards. That way you avoid people trying to get money out of you because they know you need your gear. Though this is what I have heard. Don't know how bad it actually is.
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Everest would be awesome to do. I could definitely be ready in 3 years it is just money that is a problem. I intended on doing it without Sherpa support because it would be cheaper and feel more like a personal goal. I also want to do it without oxygen. I would definitely be up for it in a few years. I also heard about Island Peak from a climbing friend. If your looking for anyone on that one I will be interested as well. Here is my email, send me any more info you may have on the Everest trip and more exact prices.
Todd
Todd Jebbert, I'd certainly be interested in Island Peak or one of the other trekking peaks in the Himalaya later next year. I have a bit too much on my plate in the interim. I'd also like to do a TMC course beforehand. Have you thought about Aconcagua as preparation? It would be a great introduction to almost 7000m, and it's relatively cheap compared to the higher and less accessible peaks.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd TMC course = ATM machine :)
4 years ago
Sunny
Sunny Hi Todd, great to see so many active people discussing the trip and other climbing goals here :) Out of curiosity for your Aconcagua climb, how much do you expect to spend on that trip? My own climbing career is on full throttle and plan is to rehearse basics this year, climb Mt Blanc next summer and then head towards higher peaks, either Aconcagua or Denali :)
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Sunny, looks like $3000-$4000 for a guided group, depending on provider and route. Gear is another story.
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert I thought I left a message but I guess I didn't. This is definitely really cool. I have wanted to ride a moped through Vietnam for some time now. But Bicycling is much cooler. I will be 20 at the time of this trip, but am fit and have wanted to do something like this for a long time. Is this still something that will be happening? and how many other confirmed people are there for this trip?
Jebbert
Jebbert Hey I am definitely interested in this, and could easily get the funds for it. I am a strong mountain climber and was thinking of doing Mont Blanc next year. I just got to make sure there is nothing planned already for that time. The only problem would be paragliding as I have never done that before.
Jebbert
Jebbert This interests me allot, and for a good cause. Are you using part of what you raise to climb or is it coming out of your own pocket?
Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy Hi Jebbert, I am glad you are interested in this trip! To answer your question, yes we will be using some of the money raised for the trip to climb, but only a small portion. The money is split up like this, 55% goes towards research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, 10% goes towards screenings for the underinsured, 10% goes towards awareness and the remaining 25% is used for misc expenses such as permits, tickets, mountain fee and other expenses associated with the mountain. I hope this clears things up for you and I hope your interested. Let me know if you have any other questions and feel free to email me at mattianhardy@gmail.com Best, matt
4 years ago
Jebbert

Jebbert If you wanna see the Northern lights pretty much keep going North. Dawson City, Yukon is a good place to go. Very small like less then 1000 people but still a city.
Sunny covered some cool stops in Alberta. Didn't even know about the creationist museum and I have lived in Alberta all my life.
Checking out a Edmonton, Calgary hockey game would in my opinion be exciting. They are the only 2 teams in Alberta and get intense. The parties after the games are always fun no matter which team your rooting for.
Waterton national park in Alberta is very beautiful and doesn't have the crowds Banff national park has.
If you wanna see such things as the worlds biggest teepee, egg, dinosaur, beaver, golf tee, putter, dragonfly, and many others. Or the starship enterprise in Vulcan, Alberta.

Lauren
Lauren Hey Jebbert, thanks for your tips. It would be awesome to check out an Edmonton vs Calgary hockey game, so that's definitely on the list. Waterton sounds beautiful and fun and I wonder if we can get to Dawson city before it gets too cold... we'll be leaving Toronto in early Oct now.
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Well by time you get to Dawson city it will be late in the year. So the days will be very short up there. It also averages -20C in December. But the Northern lights would be amazing with the extended darkness. The Alaska Highway going through Northern British Columbia is a very good drive, same with down the Pacific coast. Allot of wildlife and bears around there.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Would love to drive the Alaskan Highway, however not sure how an old VW bus will go in prob late Oct by the time we get there... I think it's best if we try to avoid snow - we're used to dry, left sided driving in Aust!
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert what does this cost cover? Is it just a cost for food and what not when climbing?
Zoracle
Zoracle the cost covers everything for climbing Kili: guides, food, porters, camp gear. Only thing it doesn't cover is things like your own cold weather kit and what not.
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Well there is a few more trips I am considering around this time, but this would definitely be the most affordable for me right now. When do you need confirmation on whether I can do it?
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Is it a must to be 21?. I would be 20 when it starts. This interests me allot. I have always wanted to be more emerged into other cultures but money has always been a problem and where to go first. If I can get the money together and the age isn't a huge concern then I would be very interested.
ripleydavenport
ripleydavenport Send me an email. If your interested, then I am interested in you.
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert This sounds cool. Traveling cheap is the only way to do it. What does this cost cover?
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