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Terri’s Adventure in Ecuador – Training: Phase Two

February 18th, 2015

Terri’s article on her second month of training for Ecuador features new exercises that will help you prepare for your activities in the mountains. Check out her article Training Program Month Two of Six.

When performing strength training exercises ALWAYS follow these important guidelines:

  • ALWAYS warm up (10 min full-body cardio)
  • ALWAYS use a neutral spine and never lock the joints
  • ALWAYS perform each exercise using your full range of motion
  • ALWAYS stretch after working out when muscles are most pliable
Sign up today to join Terri’s trip to Ecuador.

Sign up today to join Terri’s trip to Ecuador.

Contact us today about joining the expedition to Ecuador’s volcanoes from November 21 – December 05.

Happy training!

Make BAI a Part of Your 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Alright adventurers, the New Year has begun and the big question is how are you going to make 2015 a one to remember?

Whether it’s visiting an exciting destination, taking yourself to new heights, or just reaching a long term fitness goal, BAI is here to help you achieve your dreams! Check out this list of exciting adventures coming your way!

Perfect for any Trekker

Are you travelling in a big group or looking for a unique family adventure? Or are you looking to join a group of fellow adventure lovers to enjoy a great travel experience with? We have a few trips coming up this year perfect for travellers of all types. Check it out to see which is perfect for you!

Everest Base Camp

A classic Berg Adventures trip, a trek to Everest Base Camp takes you to the beautiful Khumbu region. Trekking to and staying in different villages is a great way for groups to immerse themselves in the fascinating Sherpa culture. The hiking is great for people of all ages and can be customized for those concerned about their hiking abilities. Contact us to inquire about our spring and fall treks!

Trekking through the stunning Khumbu region

Trekking through the stunning Khumbu region

Kilimanjaro

Looking to join in the fun spirit and great team camaraderie that Berg Adventures Kilimanjaro trips are known for? We have trips running in Tanzania almost all year round and can accommodate people of all different hiking levels. To add to an incredible African experience climbers can continue on for an exciting wildlife safari in Northern Tanzania.

Climbers celebrate in front of the new summit sign on Kili

Climbers celebrate in front of the new summit sign on Kili

Mount Elbrus in Russia

Every year Wally Berg and the BAI Russian guides and staff return to the Caucasus to climb to the highest point in Europe, Mount Elbrus. This is a journey that begins touring two iconic cities; St. Petersburg and Moscow and includes incredible climbing opportunities for those looking for an introduction to high altitude. Join us July 26 – June 12 for a true city to summit experience.

Pointing the way to the summit of Elbrus

Pointing the way to the summit of Elbrus

Mount Ararat in Turkey

From ancient cities to snow-capped mountains our trip to Turkey offers an exceptional travel experience that will open your eyes to a whole new world. Roaming the historic streets if Istanbul, visiting the underground cities in Cappadocia, balloon rides over picture perfect sceneries and a summit of Turkey’s highest point, this trip really does it all!

Granddaughter and grandfather team take a break while climbing Mount Ararat

Granddaughter and grandfather team take a break while climbing Mount Ararat

Great Learning Experiences for Mountaineers

Have you been looking to work on your mountaineering skills? Berg Adventures guides and staff (http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_main/guides.php) are always excited to help climbers gain the skills and confidence needed for climbing in altitude. The following trips are perfect for those looking to learn more about technical climbing.

Ojos del Salado

It may only be a few weeks away but there is still time to sign up for our 2015 Ojos del Salado expedition from February 15 – March 2() . Standing at 22,615ft/6,893m this climb is a way to learn the importance of acclimatization and preparing for high altitude mountain travel. Join us next month and stand on top of the world’s tallest volcano.

Summit success on Ojos del Salado

Summit success on Ojos del Salado

Bolivia

Colorful culture, breathtaking scenery and awesome climbing opportunities are just a few of the factors bringing Berg Adventures back to Bolivia every year. We offer a few different programs designed for beginner climbers or those looking to add some technical climbing to their list. There are a few spots left on our Sajama and Condoriri expedition this year from June 05-June 21. Contact our office for details!

Practicing glacier travel in Bolivia

Practicing glacier travel in Bolivia

Ecuador

Personal trainer Terri Truman has been offering us amazing information on how to train for mountain travel. Now Terri is set to embark on her own BAI adventure. She and her husband Tim will be travelling to Ecuador to climb four impressive volcanic peaks. She will be explaining her training process for climbers interested in a great fitness regime which you can read here. Join Terri and Tim from November 21 – December 5.

It’s an icy world on Ecuador’s volcanoes

It’s an icy world on Ecuador’s volcanoes

Island Peak

In November of last year we had a team of three successful climbers reach the summit of Island Peak. Climbing in Nepal is always a rewarding experience and practicing your glacier travel techniques while standing under the great Himalayan giants is the ultimate adventure!

The spectacular summit ridge on Island Peak

The spectacular summit ridge on Island Peak

Taking you to New Heights

Berg Adventures knows high altitude. We are here to take you to places not many people can say they have been. Whether it is an exotic and remote destination or a trip that has you standing on the high reaches of earth, we are here to take you there.

Carstensz Pyramid

If remote trekking, exotic cultures and technical climbing are what you are looking for then a trip to the remote jungles of Western Papua is perfect for you. A climb of Carstensz Pyramid is one unlike any out there. Contact our office about dates and prices!

Getting technical on Carstensz Pyramid

Getting technical on Carstensz Pyramid

Ama Dablam

This classic Himalayan climb is technically challenging and thrilling at the same time. Berg Adventures guides will lead the route and fix it where necessary. Our climbing team will ascend one of the regions 6000m peaks in preparation for this impressive ascent. Join us in Nepal from October 17 – November 21 when we attempt the lofty summit of Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam on Base Camp

Ama Dablam on Base Camp

Aconcagua 2016

Our first climb of 2015 was of Aconcagua. It was a fantastic way to start of the New Year as our Friends from Vancouver did it right with two team members standing on the summit and the rest reaching personal high altitude records. It is not too early to start planning for a summit of the highest point in the Western Hemisphere.

2015 Aconcagua summit team

2015 Aconcagua summit team

Whatever your goals are BAI is ready to be a part of your next great adventure. Don’t miss out on the chance to turn your dreams into reality this 2015!

Terri’s Adventure in Ecuador – Training: Phase One

January 20th, 2015
Don’t miss your chance to climb with Terri in Ecuador this November!

Don’t miss your chance to climb with Terri in Ecuador this November!

In 2014 we received plenty of helpful information from personal trainer Terri Truman on training for travel. In the past year her expertise in monitoring our bodies, proper exercises and conditioning have helped many BAI climbers prepare for their adventures in the mountains.

Now Terri is ready to take on her next great BAI adventure. Terri and her husband Tim are headed to Ecuador from November 21 – December 5 this year to take on some impressive volcanic peaks; Ruca Pichincha at 15,696ft/4,784m, Imbabura at 15,190ft/4,630m, Chimborazo at 20,701ft/6,310m and Cotopaxi at 19,350ft/5,900m.

Terri will be updating us on her training process as she prepares for her high altitude expedition. Her first step in preparing for climbing in Ecuador can be found in her article: “Training Program: Month One of Six”. Follow along as she gets ready to attempt these impressive peaks by following her articles on BAI’s Expedition Prep Page.

Trevor Stuart – “Elevating Lives, One Peak at a Time”

January 15th, 2015

In just a few weeks Trevor Stuart, long-time Berg Adventures climber and philanthropist will be taking on an impressive challenge: climbing Aconcagua in support of YWCA Lethbridge District. Trevor’s campaign “Elevating lives, one peak at a time” is his effort to raise at least $250,000 for YWCA Harbour House and to raise awareness about family violence issues.

Trevor Stuart

Trevor Stuart

Trevor’s first climb of this campaign will be on the BAI Aconcagua expedition from January 22 – February 11. A climb to 22,841ft/6,962m will be a great challenge for this inspirational fundraiser.

Trevor has always been passionate about supporting those affected by domestic violence. “As a child growing up I didn’t know these resources were available. There is a bigger need to help families like I was raised in. There are more and more women and children coming to the YWCA every year, fleeing domestic violence. They need more funding to accommodate that”.

After his attempt on Aconcagua this next month Trevor will return to South America with BAI in June, to Bolivia to climb four impressive peaks. But his ultimate goal, which he has begun planning with BAI, Mount Everest in March 2016.

Help support Trevor in his efforts to climb these impressive peaks all for an amazing cause

Help support Trevor in his efforts to climb these impressive peaks all for an amazing cause

Donations can be made through the YWCA Lethbridge District website at: www.ywcalethbridge.org. The link will be under the tab called EVENTS on the website. Please take the time to read more about Trevor’s ‘Y’ and listen to his short YouTube video as well! You will get a great feel for who and what Trevor is all about.

To follow along as Trevor attempts these lofty summits check out Berg Adventures dispatch page for news and photos of his progress.

Recapping Our Favorite Moments of 2014

December 19th, 2014

As yet another amazing year of adventures comes to and end we are looking back at some of our favorite moments of 2014. Enjoy these recaps of our teams’ success!

Paul Kitney started 2014 off with a climb of the second highest peak in South America: Ojos del Salado. He, Osvaldo and the BAI Bolivia climbing guides were our first team to reach a summit this year.

Thumbs up to starting the year off right with a summit of Ojos del Salado 22,615ft/6,993m

Thumbs up to starting the year off right with a summit of Ojos del Salado 22,615ft/6,993m

To continue off our success in South America our team of 9 climbers from Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and the United States were on the highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua at 22,841ft/6,962m.

Our Aconcagua team enters the beautiful Aconcagua Provincial Park

Our Aconcagua team enters the beautiful Aconcagua Provincial Park

In February we had two very memorable climbs of Kilimanjaro:

First Danny and Hendrik, two friends from the United States traversed to the top of this seven summit mountain via the Umbwe Northern Circuit route. Crossing some of the more remote and quite trails they reached the summit just as a snow storm was about to hit. They made it down to their lower camp just in time with memories to last a lifetime.

Danny and Hendrik with their guides Emmanuel and Samson on the top of Kilimanjaro

Danny and Hendrik with their guides Emmanuel and Samson on the top of Kilimanjaro

While Danny and Hendrik were making it down Bharath Samrat and his team of BAI guides and staff and journalist Shelia Nykwist were trekking to the summit as the wind and snow were picking up. After a night of sleeping with strong winds and freezing temperatures the team made it down to celebrate the achievement of Bharath’s inspirational dream, reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340ft/5,895m.

The team after reaching the summit, just as the snow is rolling in

The team after reaching the summit, just as the snow is rolling in

In March BAI embarked on a unique expedition to one of the most remote summits that we climb: Carstensz Pyramid in the jungles of Papua, Indonesia. Our team took on the ultimate challenge of trekking, exploring and climbing their way to the top at 16,024ft/4,884m.

Trekking through the exotic thick jungles of Papua

Trekking through the exotic thick jungles of Papua

Carstensz Pyramid offered climbers some exciting traverses on their summit day

Carstensz Pyramid offered climbers some exciting traverses on their summit day.

Our first trip to Nepal in 2014 was with long time BAI climbers Dave Cohn, the Brown famil: Jim, Ryan and Jackson and their good friend Jim Allen. The team took to the trails experiencing the beautiful and colorful Sherpa culture and breathing the fresh mountain air as they reached Everest Base Camp at 17,500ft/5,334m.

The team in front of the ancient Tangboche Monastery

The team in front of the ancient Tangboche Monastery

Jackson surrounded by the great Himalayan peaks

Jackson surrounded by the great Himalayan peaks

This year during our Bolivia Mountain School expedition we were so happy to be a part of Chris Von Gartzen’s Climb for Paws. This fundraising climb was a mountaineering expedition to raise awareness for the plight of street dogs around the world. Chris and Micheline Thibodeau spent a week brushing up on their mountaineering skills and summiting Pequeneo Alpamayo, the 17,618ft/5,370m glaciated peak.

Chris and Micheline on Pequeno Alpamayo summit day

Chris and Micheline on Pequeno Alpamayo summit day

Micheline went on to join our group of 6 climbers from Canada, the United States and Sweden as they set out to Russia to explore the famous streets of two of the world’s most fascinating cities St. Petersburg and Moscow before travelling south to reach the summit of Europe’s highest point: Mount Elbrus.

The after midnight sunsets along the stunning streets of St. Petersburg never disappoint

The after midnight sunsets along the stunning streets of St. Petersburg never disappoint

The team on the summit of Mount Elbrus 18,510ft/5,642m

The team on the summit of Mount Elbrus 18,510ft/5,642m

In August we returned to Africa to enjoy the spirit and camaraderie that BAI Kilimanjaro climbs are famous for. This time the team experienced sleeping at high camp in the light of the Supermoon. Dancing, singing, incredible views and awesome team spirit were just some of the highlights of this fun-filled expedition.

Dancing and singing is what Berg Adventures Kili staff are famous for.

Dancing and singing is what Berg Adventures Kili staff are famous for.

BAI climbers were some of the first to reach the summit and stand in front of the newly erected summit sign.

BAI climbers were some of the first to reach the summit and stand in front of the newly erected summit sign.

Dave Cohn certainly had a year of achieving goals. After trekking through the Khumbu in May he returned to BAI with another impressive expedition in mind. He travelled to Bolivia in August to first immerse himself in the rich Bolivian culture before moving onto the Cordillera Real to reach the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo. His summit day is one we will never forget!

Dave Cohn geared up for his summit day on Pequeno Alpamayo.

Dave Cohn geared up for his summit day on Pequeno Alpamayo.

We were delighted to begin our busy fall season in Nepal off with father daughter comic duo Rich and Bonnie Alessio, a.k.a., the Grizzled Mountain Man and his trust sidekick the Sweaty Mess. This fun filled team trekked the Khumbu offering safety tips and entertaining explanations of the rugged mountain terrain as they made their way to Everest Base Camp.

Our comic book heroes high-five to a successful day of trekking in the Khumbu

Our comic book heroes high-five to a successful day of trekking in the Khumbu

A Guinness World Record was set and great adventure was had by all when BAI ran the Far Cry 4 “Quest for Everest”. With Dave Morton and Tom Grimshaw along to do the filming and Wally and Deirdre on hand along with Temba and the Sherpa staff, we ran what was most definitely the most unique trip on the BAI 2014 calendar. Will Cruz was the man of the hour when he set the record.

A unique experience for BAI; playing video games at 18,500ft5,650ft

A unique experience for BAI; playing video games at 18,500ft5,650ft

Our final expedition in Nepal included three enthusiastic teams of trekkers and climbers.

Our Fall 2014 Expedition team at Everest Base Camp

Our Fall 2014 Expedition team at Everest Base Camp

Barbara and Scott Martyn travelled from Canada to reach the base of the world’s tallest mountain. Their adventure included a tour of the famous streets of Kathmandu, a trek through the scenic trails of the Khumbu, a hike up Kala Pathar and an afternoon standing in awe at Base Camp.

Barbara and Scott along the trails

Barbara and Scott along the trails

After Ken Poskitt trekked to Base Camp with the fall expedition team he and his guide departed to explore some of the high reaches of the Everest region. Crossing some of the highest passes they made their way to Gokyo where they spent a couple nights in the remoteness of the edges of Gokyo Lake.

Ken stands proud at Everest Base Camp

Ken stands proud at Everest Base Camp

As Ken was making his way off to the High Passes Bob Mangino and father and son duo Frank and Travis Brier were preparing for their attempt of Island Peak. Their summit day was full of success as they climbed to the summit of the glaciated peak in great time and enjoyed the amazing views of the towering Himalayan peaks surrounding them.

The Island Peak team enjoying the summit

The Island Peak team enjoying the summit

Congratulations to all of our trekkers, climbers and expedition teams for their incredible accomplishments. Thank you to all of you at home who followed along on dispatches and supported our teams as they turned their dreams into realities. Don’t miss out on your next great adventure; contact our office for more information and to make your own great memories in 2015!

Periodization Training

December 18th, 2014

All year personal trainer Terri Truman has been giving us great information on how to properly train for fitness and adventure goals. She is wrapping up the year with information on periodized training.

Read Terri’s article Periodization Training to learn how breaking your long term fitness goals into smaller, measurable sub-goals will help to make your aims much more realistic.

In 2015 Terri plans to embark on her next great adventure with BAI. Don’t forget to follow her in the New Year as she outlines her training programs and helps you prepare for the mountains.

Berg Adventures Gift Certificates

November 27th, 2014

Are you looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Berg Adventures has the perfect gift idea – the gift of adventure! Just specify the amount you wish to spend and we can send the gift cards to you or directly to your friends or family. All BAI gift cards are transferable and do not expire. If you already have one of our adventures in mind, just let us know and we can mail the gift card with an information package. After all we are always here ready to help you and yours prepare for your next great adventure!

Contact us for details!

A Recap on our Fall Season in Nepal

November 27th, 2014

We are wrapping up yet another successful expedition season in Nepal . Berg Adventures is so proud of all climbers and trekkers who took on challenges and achieved their impressive goals!

We began this fall season with our comic book duo “the Grizzled Mountain Man and his trusty sidekick the Sweaty Mess”. This fun father daughter team, Rich and Bonnie Alessio, trekked through the Khumbu and kept us smiling as they called each day with updates. Their dispatches or “episodes” were filled with beautiful photos, informative explanations and stories of their three week adventure. After their Berg Adventures trip ended Bonnie went on to Bhutan to take part in a biking adventure. We can’t wait for the next book. As the duo would say; “Till next time”!

Father and daughter team Rich the Grizzled Mountain Man and Bonnie the Sweaty Mess

Father and daughter team Rich the Grizzled Mountain Man and Bonnie the Sweaty Mess

Read the stories of the comic book “Alessio’s Adventure” by checking out their dispatches.

Alessio Adventure team at Everest base camp

Alessio Adventure team at Everest base camp

Our next Nepal expedition was the Quest for Everest trek with Ubisoft. Ubisoft, the creator of the Far Cry videogames, held a contest for one lucky gamer to trek to Everest base camp and play the 4th installment of the game along the trails. It was an awesome experience for the entire team and full of unique moments. Some of the trip highlights included Will and the Sherpa team playing Far Cry 4, Wally and Deirdre meeting the comic book duo Rich and Bonnie on the trails, spending three nights camping at Everest base camp and our first time in the jungles of Chitwan. After returning home from the trek the team was so happy to find out that after a 7-hour day on top of Kala Pathar the team had helped Ubisoft secure the Guinness World Record for the Highest Altitude Console Gaming Session.

Part of the Quest for Everest team; Deirdre, Wally, Sonam, Tom, Will and Dave pose below the Icefall and the Far Cry 4 Camp

Part of the Quest for Everest team; Deirdre, Wally, Sonam, Tom, Will and Dave pose below the Icefall and the Far Cry 4 Camp

You can read all about this once in a lifetime journey of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 Quest for Everest site.

A once of a lifetime opportunity; playing video games at 18,500ft

A once of a lifetime opportunity; playing video games at 18,500ft

The last group to meet in Nepal was our Ultimate Nepal Adventure Team. The group had quite the agenda. With three expeditions planned they all met in Kathmandu ready to take on their goals. For Scott and Barbara Martyn it was to reach Everest base camp and stand in the shadows of the world’s tallest mountain. They trekked with their team through the Sherpa villages and enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery the Himalaya have to offer.

The ultimate adventure team

The ultimate adventure team

Scott and Barbara on top of Kala Patar

Scott and Barbara on top of Kala Patar

For Ken Poskitt it was to continue on from Everest base camp into the High Passes of Everest. After departing from the group in Pheriche he and his guides continued on to the more remote passes of the Khumbu valley. They trekked three impressive passes; the Cho (La 15,748ft/4,800m), Gokyo Ri (17,576ft/5,357m) and Renjo La (16306ft/4,970m) while staying in some beautiful lodges and homes of our Sherpa friends.

Ken having a great time at Everest Base Camp

Ken having a great time at Everest Base Camp

You can see more from these two great adventures by checking out the dispatches.

Our last group set their goals with an incredible feat; reaching 20,305ft/6,190m on the summit of Island Peak. The group enjoyed their time at Island Peak base camp and high camp as they acclimatized, practiced their mountaineering skills, and prepared their gear for the climb. After waking in the early morning for an alpine start Bob, Frank and Travis began their accent of this glaciated peak. After reaching the summit the team, with their climbing guides Sandkup Sherpa and Jatha Rai, made it back down to base camp at noon where nice hot meals and Ang Temba Sherpa were waiting to congratulate the team!

Our amazing climbers at the top of Island Peak

Our amazing climbers at the top of Island Peak

Check out the Island Peak dispatches for some great photos.

After such an awesome season in Nepal this fall we are heading back to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp from April 18 –May 11, 2015. Don’t miss out on your ultimate Nepal adventure! Contact our office for details.

For your chance to see incredible views of Everest join us in April when we return for our base camp trek!

For your chance to see incredible views of Everest join us in April when we return for our base camp trek!

Body Squats with Personal Trainer Terri

November 27th, 2014

Terri Truman has been offering us amazing information on what to eat, how to stay hydrated and how to keep your core strong, all in preparation for her next level of training.

Terri is now ready to get you started with some great exercises to help motivate you and enhance your training program. These exercises will focus primarily on Quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes movement – hip extension and knee extension.

Read about Terri’s fitness routine in her article body squats. For more helpful fitness and training tips visit BAI’s Expedition Prep page.

Celebrate Berg Adventures Style!

November 14th, 2014

Are you looking for a special way to spend your next birthday or the birthday of a loved one? Berg Adventures knows how to celebrate, even in the most extreme places on earth – at Everest Base Camp, on the summit of Kilimanjaro and on the slopes of Aconcagua to name just a few of the extraordinary places. We always go out of our way to make your day unique and special!

What better way to enter a new year than with a unique or challenging adventure with your family? For a list of adventures that are great for the whole family, check out our list of suggestions.

Birthday celebrations in Ecuador

Birthday celebrations in Ecuador

Climbers and staff celebrate high on Kilimanjaro

Climbers and staff celebrate high on Kilimanjaro

It wouldn’t be a true celebration without birthday cake!

It wouldn’t be a true celebration without birthday cake!