Happy New Year!
I enjoyed getting to know several of you during 2012 and thank you for the great post ideas — some of which I am still working on. Keep the emails and “Likes” on WordPress and Facebook coming, as well as the re-tweets. I’ll keep sharing new stuff that’s worth sharing as often as possible.
The twelve months ahead always hold some exciting potential, no matter when you choose to do a forecast. For 2013, there are a handful of key events and follow and dates to mark. Here is a sampling:
DENALI WINTER ASCENT — The most immediate news will be about whether Lonnie Dupres can become the first solo climber to summit Denali in Calendar winter — during January or at least the first week or so of February. He’s currently waiting for a weather window so he can fly into his base camp and begin his third attempt.
GRANT RECIPIENTS — Tracking the grant announcements from the American Alpine Club. The beneficiaries will be announced in the coming weeks and those climbs will be worth checking in on later in the year. Another grant I am going to check-in on is the SHARE Grant, which is the Seth Holden memorial grant that goes to an explorer setting out for remote Alaska. The SHARE Grant is not limited to mountaineering endeavors.
8,000ers in Winter — Only three 8,000-meter peaks remain unsummitted in winter:
2. K2 (28,250 ft./8,611 m.)
9. Nanga Parbat (26,660 ft./8,125 m.)
12. Broad Peak (26,401 ft./8,047 m.)
Pay attention for word from these peaks for attempts next winter.
NEW BOOKS — Two interesting books are due out this year: 1) Training for Alpine Climbing by co-authors Steve House (a Piolet d’Or winner) and Scott Johnston, which is being published by Falcon Guides, will be out by the end of the year — or said the announcement last summer; and 2) Kelly Cordes — the Patagonia ambassador, AAC Member and margarita master extraordinaire — is working on a book on the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia aout its recent de-bolting controversy. I can’t wait.
MOVING DAY — On a personal note, and one that will have several positive effects including benefitting The Suburban Mountaineer, my family and I will be moving into a larger home in the next couple of months because the condo is too small for the three of us. I just packed up a very heavy box of climbing books that I am not referring to now and put them in storage — a little sad. But in the new place there will be a better library/work space for me and a decent place to finally mount my hangboard.
Have a good year and have a good adventure, or at least support someone else in theirs!