My attempt to summit Mt. Everest was terminated on April 19 due to illness. However, I spent nearly a month trekking to Everest Base Camp, summiting Lobuche (20,000' / 6096 m), and climbing through the Khumbu Icefall. With this trip to Nepal, I have at least partially climbed all 8 mountains (summiting 5), skied to both Poles, and visited all seven continents from August 7, 2017 to April 19, 2019.
Scenes from 12-day trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp
Scenes from IMG's Everest Base Camp Set-Up
Below are pictures from my South Pole Last Degree skiing trek in Antarctica. This was the second of two Polar treks that are part of the Explorers Grand Slam Last Degree. Our eight-member team skied from the 89°S latitude to the geographic South Pole at 90°S latitude. The 69-mile (111 km) trek took us eight days in temperatures around -4°F (-20°C). We arrived December 17th. We then returned to ALE's camp at Union Glacier by plane, a three hour flight.
Below are pictures from my trip to Antarctica to climb Mount Vinson, that continent's highest mountain (16,050 ft. / 4,892 m). We reached the summit on December 5th.
Below are pictures from my second trip to Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, where we successfully reached the summit on July 28th. The evening as we began our summit climb we also were treated to a total lunar eclipse.
April 11-23, 2018 North Pole Last Degree
This was the first of two Polar treks. Our five-member team skied from the 89°N latitude to the geographic North Pole at 90°N latitude. The 69-mile (111 km) trek took us six days in temperatures around -25°F (-32°C). We packed our sleds in Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard, Norway, the world’s northernmost settlement. We then flew aboard a Russian Antonov An-74 cargo plane to an ice runway at the Russian temporary ice base on the Arctic 88°N latitude called Barneo. From there we flew by helicopter to the 89°N latitude to begin our skiing trek and reached the North Pole on April 20th.
Each team member towed their own sleds of provisions and gear. The daily routine included making our own breakfast in the mornings, packing tents and equipment into our sleds, and skiing 7-10 hours over and around an changing terrain of pressure ridges up to 25-feet high, gaps of frigid, open water, and piles of ice rubble. We set up our tents each evening, prepared our own dinner, and got some sleep before repeating the next day. Arrival at the North Pole had to be measured by GPS since a permanent marker cannot be erected on a constantly moving ice sheet. We spent one night in tents at the North Pole, then returned to Barneo for another night before flying back to Longyearbyen.
For a day by day blog of the trip, go to http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/updates/journal/262216.
Below pictures courtesy of Eric Larsen Explore. I am the one in the blue jacket and solid red (no black) pants.
This was my second trip to Haiti. These are scenes from inside and outside of the warehouse where Association members come to purchase goods to sell.
Since there is some debate about whether Carstensz should be considered on the same continent as Australia and thus making Australia's highest mountain, Kosciuszko, not count as one the the "7 Summits", I climbed both. Here are pictures from my hike to Mt. Kozzie's summit.
The below pictures include scenes from Bali where we first arrived in Indonesia, flight from Timika, Papua to base camp at Yellow Valley at the foot of Carstensz, an excursion climb prior to summit day, and on the summit day.
Scenes from my training at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon, conducted by Jonathan Schrock from International Mountain Guides. This training prepared me for my upcoming climb on Carstensz Pyramid, the most technical of the Seven Summits.
This was my first attempt at climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I reached Barafu Camp at 15,223’ suffering with an intestinal infection and could not go on to the summit. I return the following year to successfully summit. Pictures below include time spent on safari in the region.
This was my first event of my Seven Summits and Explorers Grand Slam attempt. We successfully summited on July 28, 2017.
Pictures from my initial trip to Haiti to observe the activities of the Association of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Hope.