Talus athlete, Hari Mix, and his crew headed to Everest Basecamp #3 for the final climatization climb. Hari and team are searching how everyday activities are affected in extreme environments. Hari left a phonecast on his last blog dated April 24th, 2013 saying that he was looking forward to the climb and would be back in five to seven days. To listen to the entire phonecast click here. We would like to say good luck to Hari and his team on his climbs and research on Everest!
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Marek Klanowski is a badass. Among many things, he bicycled his way through the Russian Caucuses, culminating in a climb of Mt Elbrus (by number of deaths, Elbrus is one of the World’s deadliest mountains.) Marek Klonowski is a man of action and of many talents. Traveling, taking still images and shooting films is his passion, and climbing mountains, hitchhiking, cycling long distances and sailing is his way of traveling. Marek climbed in the Tatra Mountains, in the Dolomites in Italy, in the Kackar Mountains in Turkey, in the Caucasus Mountains, and in Alaska (first solo Denali traverse in history – from Wonder Lade to Base Camp). He traveled solo by bicycle from Poland to the Adriatic Sea (3000 km), around the Black Sea by bicycle (6700 km), and around the Baltic Sea with a 45 kg dog on his trailer (5600 km). He raced in the Olympic class 470, sailed to Svalbard twice, and has worked on the biggest sailing ship in the world. Last year he spent in Ireland working as an engineer…
So, yeah, Marek is ColdAvenger material. This year Talus is sponsoring Marek on his attempt at a winter ascent of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. ColdAvenger will give him the edge as he attempts this never before completed feat. Check out the video from his attempt last year.
You can visit his website. It’s in Polish, but the amazing films require no translation…
So, we’re pretty excited that we have signed a deal with premier buying group Snowsports Merchandising Corporation, offering its retail members immediate sell-in and delivery in 2011/2012.
We needed a boost in retail outlets in the northeast, so I’m excited by this partnership with Snowsports Merchandising Corporation. It’s great to be offering a unique buying proposition and value-add to these retailers who already utilize and trust Snowsports buying group.
SMC has a broad reach, and really helps us hit those Northeast markets, so we’re looking forward to keeping faces warm in all them cold spots. Nordic skiing in Tilson Creek Park, International Falls, MN? No prob, ColdAvenger’s got you covered. Heck, how about some of those Vikings games, peeps?
This guy needs a ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava, no?
Hunting the big bucks in Grand Forks? We can help.
Hooking for the walleye in the frozen lakes around Cheboygan? Put on the ColdAvenger!
AND, we’re talking Winter 2011 delivery, peeps.
BE COLD NO MORE!!!
As we move up the mountain we slowly draw closer and closer to the climbers ahead … As the temperature continues to drop I become more worried about keeping my toes from freezing. It’s a constant battle, and every time I stop to catch my breath I have to bash my right boot into the snow and wiggle my toes, trying get some life back into those numb little stumps.
It’s a scary place — to catch a crampon or lose your balance here would mean a long fall (more than1km) and certain death. It’s around this time that the morning’s exertions catch up with me and I start to feel tired. The constant effort to keep the toes of my right foot warm is physically draining. Dawa and I sit down on a rock to take a break … I finally get a chance to look back at where we have just come from, and I am lost for words at what I see. The valleys below are covered in low-level clouds. The moon is full and the sky crystal clear. One mountain stands defiant above all the others, poking through the clouds below. It is a truly majestic sight … It is during moments like these that I understand why I climb.
It’s one last step and a scramble across the rocks before I am on snow again. This last exertion leaves me out of breath, and I am hunched over trying to get it back. When I recover I look up and see it – the flat walk to the summit, a mere 30m away.
A couple of my team members have already reached the top, and it finally hits me. I am actually going to do this. This is really going to happen. I walk the last section and scream, “Summit!”
So many emotions hit me. We have just climbed the world’s third highest mountain, the toughest of them all. It’s just past 8:30 a.m., which means it took us more than 12 hours to get to the summit. Everest only took me eight hours … that gives you an indication of just how hard my night had been.
I pull out my satellite phone, which I have carried all the way to the summit. First I call my dad. I always try to call him from the summit, weather permitting. He picks up the phone and I yell into it: “Summit, summit, summit!” He is just as happy as I am, sharing in the excitement and pride of my achievement.
ExplorersWeb.com’s put together a news roundup from the 2011 expedition spring season. The roundup includes updates from the Himalayas, the North Pole, and beyond, including the World Record of Altitude in Paragliding.
From the top of Everest to over the sea: World Record of Altitude in Paragliding One couldn’t fly, the other didn’t climb – together on Everest they broke the World Record of Altitude in Paragliding. Read More…
It also included this statement about Cold Avenger.
K2 rescuer about the Cold Avenger: “Should be part of an altitude prescription” The face mask not only unlocked ExWeb stories this Everest season but could also help you summit with proper use. “I believe use of the mask is in fact most important during the early acclimatization stages for high altitude climbing,” said Eric F. Meyer, M.D (K2, 2008). Read More…
“Summit, summit, summit…” was the subject line of ColdAvenger athlete Blair Falahey’s latest e-mail. He did it! After all of the planning and preparation, Blair succeeded in his attempt to summit Kanchenjunga on May 20, 2011. At 8586 meters, it’s the world’s third highest mountain. He took some time to e-mail us with an update from base camp before continuing on to Kathmandu.
From Blair Falahey:
It is with great pleasure and enormous pride that I am happy to report that on May 20, 2011 at 8:36am I summited Kanchenjunga. I won’t go into too much detail and promise to write a dispatch in full detail once I am back in Kathmandu and the feeling returns to my numb fingers!
I will say this. It is without a doubt not only the hardest climb I have ever done in my life, but also the hardest thing I have ever attempted. Only after a 12+ hour summit push in freezing conditions did I finally set foot on Kanch’s amazingly beautiful summit. I can’t even begin to describe the views and I promise to send photos soon. Everest was fantastic, but does not even come close to Kanch in every way.
He signed off by mentioning that he is “very depleted (physically) and looking forward to a banana lassi and tandoori chicken pizza in Kathmandu.” Safe travels and congratulations Blair!
Cold Avenger athlete Blair Falahey is in Nepal preparing to climb Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. At 8586 meters, “Kanch” is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Not only is it the 3rd highest, it’s also one of the most remote. It takes at least 2.5 weeks of trekking just to get to base camp. Because of the remoteness, difficulty and expense of organizing a trip like this, it’s one of the least climbed 8000+ mountains.
All the stars aligned for Blair to take part in this trip of a lifetime. Not only he is excited about the group he is climbing with, they will be flying into a small village just two days from base camp, skipping the required additional weeks of trekking. This will save the team’s energy for the long and possibly dangerous expedition.
Follow Blair’s updates from the mountain at www.blair8000.com
We’re thrilled to support Blair’s climb, and glad that he’s chosen to use ColdAvenger as an essential tool on the mountain. Blair uses ColdAvenger while trekking, climbing and snow camping. ColdAvenger helps him protect his lungs and airway to maximize his performance during the expedition. Getcha one here.
Congratulations to ColdAvenger customer Jim Steinshouer for his summit of Mt. McKinley in Denali this summer. And a “well done” to Jim’s wife, Ann, for buying him a ColdAvenger Expedition balaclava for his adventure. (She really did her homework, and found out that it was designed with help from world-renown mountaineer Ed Viesturs.) Jim, 51 years old, has climbed all of the highest points in the United States except Mount Borah in Idaho, which he will do next summer. When we heard Jim was headed to Denali, we also equipped him with some ColdAvenger patches and a summit flag. Great pictures!
Jim sent us a trip report, and here’s what he said about the ColdAvenger Expedition balaclava:
“I had no trouble breathing or with the cold at 20,230 feet. I felt the thickness of the material (as it relates to keeping a person warm) was appropriate and felt nice to the skin as well. The balaclava and my goggles protected my head and were very comfortable while the air was moist and warm as it came into my lungs.”
Thanks Jim, for the great feedback–and here’s to your ascent!
Stay Out Longer,
John B. Sullivan III aka: ColdAvenger Pro
Three cheers (or maybe seven?) for Talus athlete Ed Viesturs! Today, he conquered Mt. Everest for the SEVENTH time. Viesturs and members of the high-profile “dream team” of climbers in the First Ascent expedition reached the top of Mt. Everest on May 19th at 8 a.m. Nepal time. This is the seventh summit of Mt. Everest in less than twenty years for Viesturs, who is known as the first American to summit the world’s highest mountains without supplemental oxygen. (more…)