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Leo Power takes on the Everest Marathon – the World’s Highest and One of the Hardest

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Yesterday, Canadian Leo Power crossed the finish line of the Tenzing–Hillary Everest Marathon. Despite the thin air, rough terrain, changing temperatures and steep trails, Leo completed the high altitude race in 8 hours 23 minutes, 29 seconds. Congratulations to Leo!

The race is held on the anniversary of the first summit of Everest by Tenzing and Hillary on May 29, 1953. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s highest marathon beginning at Everest Base Camp 17,500ft/5,333m and ending 26.2 miles / 42 km later in Namche 11,319ft/3450m. Don’t let the elevations fool you, this race is far from a downhill road race. Instead it is an up and down, winding trail on rocky, mountainous terrain. It’s so challenging in fact, that it was named one of the World’s 10 Insanely Hard Marathons: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-over-the-top-marathons.php

And Leo wasn’t the only successful Berg Adventures runner: Crossing the finish line with him was Berg Adventures talented cook, Jheta Rai.

Read more about Leo’s spectacular journey in his poetic dispatches here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_cyber/2011/2011-05-13-everest-base-camp/main.php

Whether you’re a marathon hopeful or not, you can learn more about trekking to Everest Base Camp here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/asia/everest-basecamp-description.php

New! Bolivia Mountain School Program

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Whether you are looking to refresh your mountaineering skills or to learn them for the first time, Berg Adventures Bolivia Mountain School will give you the confidence and competence boosts you need to make your climbing goals a reality. Both Seven Summit hopefuls and novice adventure seekers will find this trip exhilarating and rewarding. Regardless of your initial goals and intentions, you will most surely find that climbing world-class, high-altitude peaks can be addicting!

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn the history of basic climbing skills and techniques and practice them in the spectacular high altitude environment of Huayna Potosi, Bolivia. The knots, equipment, and procedures used in this course are universal standards that will enable you to climb anywhere in the world. Course objectives include:

  • Self-arrest techniques
  • Crampon technique
  • Rope / belay techniques
  • Snow anchors
  • Rappelling
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Glacier travel and safety
  • Route-finding and navigation
  • Acclimatization and physical self-awareness
  • Mountain decision-making

Contact our office or visit our Bolivia Mountain School webpage for more information about this one-of-a-kind adventure and learning opportunity: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/south-america/bolivia-mountain-school-description.php

If a week-long adventure isn’t enough, the Mountain School Program corresponds perfectly with our regular Bolivia itinerary and you are welcomed to join us as we venture to the spectacular Condoriri range of Bolivia where we climb the snowy ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo and other fascinating peaks in the area. Click here for more details on our regular Bolivia climbing itinerary: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/south-america/bolivia-description.php.

Trekking with Mathes – Everest Base Camp in the Eyes of an Eleven Year Old

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Anyone who followed the dispatches for our 2011 Spring Everest Base Camp Trek knows that eleven year old Mathes was a true superstar on the trail. Mathes joined her grandfather (“PaPou”) and Berg Adventures veteran, Woodie Vaughan, for this special and unforgettable trek through Nepal’s Khumbu Valley. It is no secret that Woodie has been planning this trip since his granddaughter was less than a year old and one of her sayings as a little girl was, “I’m going to Kathmandu with my PaPou.” While many worried that she would face difficulties acclimatizing and coping with the challenges of trekking for more than two weeks, Mathes proved that age means nothing when you’ve got the right attitude. She acclimatized with ease, stayed incredibly healthy and didn’t complain once. It was such a joy having Mathes on our trek and it was a pleasure to see Mathes and her grandfather bonding in a way neither of them will ever forget.

Before we left Khumjung, Mathes visited with a Tibetan refugee monk who is studying at the monestary above Khunde.

Before we left Khumjung, Mathes visited with a Tibetan refugee monk who is studying at the monestary above Khunde.

If you would like to read about the trek from an eleven year old’s perspective, you can find Mathes’ lovely account here on her school blog: http://wordpress.lovett.org/mathes/2011/04/19/getting-ready/.

You can also read our dispatches complete with many great photos here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_cyber/2011/2011-04-23-everest-base-camp/main.php.

If you’re interested in trekking to base camp with us, please visit our Everest Base Camp homepage here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/asia/everest-basecamp-description.php.