The Highest Peak in Arctic _ Crowdfunding Campaign

Hi,
With my climb of Mt. Everest in 2014 I completed the seven summits quest- climbing the highest peaks of all seven continents of the World. However, there is another area on Earth as big as a continent – the Arctic.

I am starting a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for my Arctic expedition to climb the highest peak in Arctic Mt. Gunnbjörn. My ultimate goal with this climb is to raise awareness of the deterioration of the Arctic ice cap and glaciers melting.

Please donate using the DONATE button on the home page of this website http://www.8summits.com/
In the Individual Donation Proposal on the website please find Givebacks I created as a way to say thank you for being a supporter.

Other Ways You Can Help
I know that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help. Please spread the word around and make some noise about my campaign.
The Arctic

Welcome to Everest Slide Show- September 9th

I will presents photos and stories from Tibet and the climb of the North Ridge of Mt. Everest at the BC Mountaineering Club social on Tuesday September 9th, 2014.

Everyone is welcome … visitors, members and guests.  The meeting will take place at the Vancouver ANZA Club main floor (corner of 8th Ave and Ontario) .  The entrance door opens shortly after 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm. Due to the rules you must be 19+ years old to attend, and will be asked to sign-in at the door to ensure that we don’t exceed the limit of 135 people.

See you all there.

2 - Approaching Advanced Base Camp at 6,400 m_sm1 - Everest, 8,848 m_sm 3 - Approaching the North Col of Mt. Everest at 7,100 m_sm 4 - Camp at the North Col of Mt. Everest, 7,100 m_sm 5 - High Camp of Mt. Everest at 7,700 m_sm 6 - Climbing the Northeast ridge at 8,600 m_sm 7 - Summit picture - Everest, 8,848 m_sm

Flying home

Hello All,

I’ve changed my flight date. I am flying from Kathmandu to Guangzhou – Vancouver tonight. Will be in Vancouver early next week.

Thanks to everybody. I will send you emails and pictures after a brief rest/sleep/time difference adaptation.

Thanks a lot,

See you soon,

Ravil

I did it! I reached the top of the world on May 25-th

Hello All,

I did it! I reached the top of Mt. Everest on May 25-th at 7 a.m.

On May 24-th I started in the morning from the camp 7,700 m and reached the camp 8,300 m at around 1 p.m. I rested and melted snow in the camp till late evening, and at 10:30 p.m. I started the final accent. I climbed alone without the group, but there were a lot of other climbers on the route, and that created traffic jam sometimes. The weather was not very co-operative, but  acceptable. It was windy, and the snow was falling all night. In the morning the weather was getting better and the wind slowed down. I had to remove my goggles, since they were constantly covered by condensate.

At 7 a.m., May 25-th I reached the summit, I still didn’t realize fully that the dream was achieved, it came later. I made some pictures and started descent at around 7:30 a.m. I descented to the camp 8,300 m, drank a cup of tea. The weather during descent was getting worth and worth. I continued to the camp 7,700 m, passed it, continued to the camp at North Col at 7,100 m, had 4 cups of tea there, descented the ice wall, and finally reached the Advance Base Camp at 6,400 completely exhausted. I was only able to sent satellite messages to my family and sponsors,and fell  asleep. Didn’t sleep well actually. All night the snow falled down  heavily, it was about 20 cm of freash snow at the camp in the morning.

At around 11 a.m. next day (May 26-th) I continued descent to the Base Camp. It was 20 km travel. The snow was falling all the day, sometimes the trail was not visable. At 6:30 p.m. I reached the safety of the Base Camp, exhausted, I had some food and tea, and fall asleep.

Today is 27-th of May, I am at the Base Camp, with the Internet access, the snow is still falling down (about 15 cm freash snow during the night). The Everest season is over. It has lusted basically only 1.5 days this year (May 24-th and half oh May 25-th). Monsoon  is moving over Everest this week. All expeditions have  abandoned the climb. Not many people summited Mt. Everest this year, and many people have lost their lives: 17 climbers on the South side. We have 2 missing climbers on the North side. We really hope they will be found alive.

By climbing Mt. Everest I have complited my quest to climb the highest peaks of all seven continents.

Please find some pictures. I even made a picture of my Everest certificate, but it is currently filled in Chinese only and will become official after completing the English part in Kathmandu.

Thanks a lot to all my sponsors and supporters!

On the way to the North Col

On the way to the North Col

 

At camp 7,700 m

At camp 7,700 m

 

Camp 7,700 m

Camp 7,700 m

Camp 8,300 m

Camp 8,300 m

Everest summit

Everest summit

On the summit

On the summit

Second Step

Second Step

Season is over. Yaks carry loads from ABC to the Base Camp

Season is over. Yaks carry loads from ABC to the Base Camp

Base Camp today, May 27-th

Base Camp today, May 27-th

A copy of Everest Certificate

A picture of Everest Certificate

Going up for the summit push

Hello All,

The weather is getting better with the wind slowing down up on the mountain. I am going up tomorrow to the Interim camp, and to the ABC a day after. I don’t know how long I will stay in the ABC, something between 1 and 3 days depending on weather. Then I will need 1 day to reach the North Col, and 1 day for the Camp 7,700 m. From 7,700 I am going to start in the morning for the Camp 8,300 m. in order to reach it around 3 p.m. I will be resting, boiling and drinking water there till 11 p.m., and will start for the summit at 11 p.m.  Wish me good weather! So far it looks that the summit day will be around May 25  – 26.

Yesterday I went hiking on the hill close to the Base Camp. I gained 300 m. in 1 hour, which is not bad at the altitude 5,500 m. Looks like I haven’t lost my acclimatization while seating here in BC.

I will be out of communication in the next 7 – 8 days.

Best regards,

Ravil

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Waiting in BC

Hello All,

I am waiting at the Base Camp for the weather window. It doesn’t look very promising at the moment. According to the current weather forecast the wind at 8,500 m. will slow down around May 25th. (see the picture). Hopely it will happen earlier than that. Please find also a couple of pictures from the village where I rested for three days.

I will keep you posted about the further plans. Right now I just need to wait.

Best regards,

Ravil

Forecast

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Acclimatization completed!

Hi All,

Thanks for your patience, I didn’t have access to the Internet in the last ten days.

I’ve completed my acclimatization and now descended to the village Tengri at 4,200 m. for the rest and recovery.

The last days were very intense. I moved to the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 6,400 m., and climbed twice to the North Col of Mt. Everest at 7,100 m. I stayed both times at the North Col for a night. The weather was not bad. Usually the first part of the day was perfect, and the second part snowy.

Yesterday after a night at 7,100 m. I climbed about 200 m. up. My intention was to reach altitude of 7,500, but the wind was so strong, that it was sometimes difficult even to stay on feet under the wind gusts. Finally the weather took a turn for the worse. Just in time for me. I need a few days for recovery, and my acclimatization is completed. I descended back to the North Col, and then to the ABC. I had a cup of soup at ABC, and finally decided to descend to the Base Camp. That was another 25 km distance. I started at 1 pm and arrived at BC in the darkness. The last one and a half hour I moved under the moonlight. I didn’t turn on my flashlight since the trail was visible enough, and the view was fantastic under the light of moon.

Today morning a Jeep drived me to Tengri. I will stay here for 2-3 days. The bad weather forecast is actually longer. The plan is to wait for the good weather window, and then I need 5 days for the summit push.

Please find some pictures.

ABC

ABC

Seracs on the way to ABC

Seracs on the way to ABC

Everest from ABC

Everest from ABC

Everest from ABC after snow storm

Everest from ABC after snow storm

The North Col of Mt. Everest

The North Col of Mt. Everest

On the Ice Wall

On the Ice Wall

On the Ice Wall

On the Ice Wall

Climbing the Ice Wall

Climbing the Ice Wall

Camp on the North Col

Camp on the North Col

My tent on the North Col after snow storm

My tent on the North Col after snow storm

Everest from the North Col

Everest from the North Col

 

 

Rest

Hello All,
 
I am resting at the moment in a village at 4,200 m. with plenty of oxigen in the air, in a hotel with electricity and hot water! Getting ready for a long acclimatization trip.

Thanks for your support.
Best regards,
Ravil