Showing posts with label Dave Hahn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dave Hahn. Show all posts

Antarctica 2016: Sir Ranulph Fiennes Summits Mt. Vinson

We have a few updates from the Antarctic today as we round out our adventure news heading into the weekend. For the most part, the South Pole skiers continue to press on, but we have updates on two legendary explorers who have Antarctic ambitions this year.

First, we have news that Sir Ranulph Fiennes has summited Mt. Vinson, the tallest peak on the Antarctic continent at 16,050 feet (4892 meters). At 72 years of age, Fiennes is making a return trip to the polar region that he has visited several times in the past. On his summit push he faced -40ºC/F temperatures and high winds, as he topped out in demanding conditions. The climb is part of the explorer's Global Reach Challenge, in which he is hoping to summit the remaining Seven Summits by May of next year. He has already knocked off Everest, Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro in that pursuit. He'll now face Aconcagua, Denali, and Carstensz Pyramid in the next few months. His goal is to raise  funds for the Marie Curie Foundation.

Sir Ran wasn't the only one to summit Vinson in the past few days. The RMI team, led by Dave Hahn, also topped out, putting every one of the group's five clients on the summit. They reported calm conditions on their summit day, going up and down safely from High Camp. They have since descended back down the mountain and caught a flight back to Union Glacier, so it looks like the squad will be headed back to Chile soon with their mission accomplished.

Meanwhile, Swiss explorer Mike Horn has now reached the Antarctic continent. He and his crew have been sailing across the Southern Ocean for the past couple of weeks in preparation for Horn's attempt to traverse the continent via the South Pole as part of his Pole 2 Pole expedition. Mike hasn't made landfall on the ice yet, but should be preparing to set off in the next few days. He'll then ski to 90ºS before proceeding back to the coast, where his ship – the Pangea – will be waiting to pick him up. From there, he'll continue the journey, eventually heading north to attempt a similar crossing of the Arctic.

ExWeb is reporting that solo skier Risto Hallikainen, who intends to travel to the South Pole and back, suffered snow blindness earlier in the week. This painful ailment is caused by sunburnt corneas on the eyes and causes temporary loss of vision. This slowed his progress for a few days, but he seems to be back on track. Risto has also lightened his load some by leaving a supply depot with food and fuel behind. He'll pick that cache back up again on his return trip.

Finally, the six-man British Military team skiing to the South Pole have now reached the halfway point of their journey. They've crossed the 85th degree and are now making good time towards their end point. Spirits seem high, and conditions have been warmer than expected so far, so all is good.

We'll have more updates from the Antarctic next week. Stay tuned.

Alan Arnette Interviews Dave Hahn on the State of Everest in 2016

The fall climbing season in the Himalaya may be all but over, but the crown jewel of that mountain chain – Mt. Everest – seems to constantly be in the spotlight these days. At the moment, we're about five months away from the start of the 2017 spring climbing season on the world's highest peak, and while that may seem like a long way off, for those planning to climb it next year, it is closer than you think.

In preparation for the season ahead, Alan Arnette sat down with mountaineering guide Dave Hahn to talk about the current state climbing on the Big Hill. For those who don't know, Dave has been a guide with RMI for more than 30 years, and has 15 successful summits of Everest on his resume. That's more than any other foreign climber. Additionally, Alan points out that Hahn has also climbed Rainier more than 275 times, has 35 successful summits of Vinson, 22 on Denali, and has also led teams up Aconcagua and Cho Oyu, amongst numerous other mountains.

In the interview, which can be found here, Dave talks about the mainstream media's approach to covering climbing expeditions on Everest, the current level of safety for climbing on the mountain and the Himalaya in general, as well as steps that the Nepali government could take to improve the level of safety overall. He also shares his thoughts on the rising number of low-cost, Nepali-owned, operators on Everest and what that means for the future of guided climbing in the Himalaya.

The extensive interview also touches on the challenges of climbing from the north side of the mountain versus the south, the growing crowds on summit days, whether or not Nepal should limit the number of permits issued to climbers, and a whole lot more. Dave goes on to discuss his personal future on Everest (private guiding), the clients that he likes to guide, and whether or not he'll be on the mountain next spring.

If you follow the Everest climbing scene closely, or would like to know more about the current state of affairs on the world's highest peak, this is a good interview to read. Dave has always been a forthright guy in terms of answering questions and sharing his thoughts, and that certainly is the case here too. Check out the entire blog post by clicking here.