Big Mountain Skier and Climber. Upcoming: 10th season on Everest to attempt without supplemental oxygen. Snapchat: adrianjb and everestnofilter.
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My nomination for "most awkward photo ever" award. But this is #everestnofilter and this photo illustrates an upcoming challenge for #Everest. As many of you know a paved road has recently been built all the way to Base Camp at 17,250 feet on the North Side of #Everest, to encourage tourism. That means wealthy tourists in fashionable clothing, high heels and makeup can now drive into bc to see the incredible views, visit the famous Rongbuk Monastery, and even, if they're lucky (and a little aggressive) sneak into a tent and snap a selfie with a "real climber". .
I'm not ready to declare if this development of tourism infrastructure is bad or good for the mountain. I worry for whether the development could continue onto the mountain itself. But I also respect the importance of allowing more people to be awed by the incredible beauty of our world, including Mt. Everest. China has an opportunity, but also challenge, to develop infrastructure responsibly, for the mountain, climbers, tourists, workers, and the Tibetan people. I hope to be a part of the discussion. And the "victim" of more awkward selfies
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What happens when the jet stream slams directly into the summit of Mt. Everest. Stunning beauty...and a great time to be as far away as possible. @coryrichards and I ran for base camp today for 3 days of eating, sleeping, a puja blessing ceremony and meeting up with the entire @alpenglowexpeditions team for the first time this season. So fun! #everestnofilter#everest2017
Today was one of those special days when the mountain was right on the edge of telling you to fuck off. But all day it just stayed right there. A little painful, intimidating, no mistakes allowed. But as long as you listened and respected and didn't screw up, #everest let us continue upwards, all the way to 23,000 feet, in deeply memorable beauty. I'm grateful today!
See Snap for the full day - EverestNoFilter
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One of the reasons I return to #everest year after year is to see and be a part of stunning accomplishments. Today's, @coryrichards and I had nothing to do with. But we sure are stoked! A team of Tibetan high altitude workers fixed rope to 8300meters/27000feet and reported good conditions. This means there is nothing holding up our next month of work - acclimatizing and stocking our 4 upper mountain camps. Amazing. #everestnofilter#everest2017
I can get a bit over the top with captions. I want to tell you about 10-story tall penitentes. I want to tell you about 21,000 feet. I want to tell you about the emotion I feel reaching Advanced Base Camp and standing under the upper face of #Everest again. I want to tell you about how badass and fun and supportive @coryrichards is. I want to tell you about the Tibetan mastiff puppy that walked with us today that I want to take home. I want to tell you about our badass Sherpa team that set up a beautiful camp for us, and carried first loads to 23,000 feet. And I want to tell you about our 7 Sherpa and 2 Tibetan cooks who are just slamming our satellite wifi right now so this Instagram won't post. But I swore this was going to be a short caption. Whoops. #everestnofilter#everest2017
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From its inception #everestnofilter has been about @coryrichards and me telling our unscripted and undirected stories of success and failure from #Everest, with as little between us and our audience as possible. For us that means no big film crew and no heavy cameras. Our tech needs to be always available and minimally invasive. It needs to just work. When we had the opportunity to get our hands on @SamsungMobileUSA Galaxy S8's we grabbed it. This image, taken last night by Cory at 19,000 feet of one of our Tibetan yak drivers, shows what is possible today with a phone. Everything. Swipe right to see my humble BTS, also with S8. #everest2017
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It's hard to imagine this profile was shot only 2 weeks ago in Tahoe. #Everest has a tendency to demand 100% focus and everything else falls away. But this shoot, done in the midst of my final full-on weeks of training, sure was fun. Proud to be a #hiballer! #everestnofilter#itsallgood
Everest Base Camp on the North (Tibetan) Side of the mountain, today, April 19. It's an otherworldly place - individual team camps are spread across this huge floodplain at 17,000 feet at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. One thing the North Side is not is overcrowded. We estimate between 200-250 total climbers (paying members and high altitude workers). With increasing government regulation and professionalism on this side, we are looking forward to a stellar season! Follow the Snap story (#everestnofilter) for discussion on some of the improvements (generators banned, trash and human waste management and cleanup efforts, unlimited hydro-power and fast internet for all teams at bc, active and present liaison officers managing teams, centralized and expert rope-fixing, and requiring prior 8000-meter peak experience of Chinese nationals, the largest demographic on the mountain). Plenty of issues to address as well of course! But that's for another post. Check out a tour of our BC on my fb athlete page. Link in profile. #everest2017
No one summits Mt. Everest "unsupported". Our Sherpa team, Tibetan yak herders, cooks and the CTMA rope fixing team are all essential this year and every year for a succesful season. .
Today we mark the 3rd anniversary of the 2014 icefall avalanche that took 16 Sherpa lives on the South Side of #Everest. As we honor those climbers, debate ways to make the work safer for guides and high altitude workers, and remember the friends we've lost on this mountain and others, we also move forward with our project and go climbing. Risk will be, and should be, a part of climbing. It's our job to mitigate risk wherever possible (especially as employers of mountain workers), but not to remove it.
Please consider supporting Sherpa HAW education, and the families left behind from victims. We recommend donating to @khumbuclimbingcenter
and @thejuniperfund. #EverestNoFilter#everest2017
And just like that, here we are. A year felt like so long to wait, and yet at the same time it was nothing at all. I get to try climbing this beauty again! Check out the whole day that led to this BC photo on our Snap - everestnofilter #everestnofilter#everest2017
This picture, for all its average-ness, makes me so happy. It encompasses what this journey is all about for me. No insane background, no rowdy climbing. Just pure stoke at finally meeting up with @coryrichards after some epic travel shenanigans, and beginning an adventure we've dreamt about for a year. #everestnofilter#everest2017
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Here we go! In the air to Asia for another big season on my favorite mountain on the planet. Travel chaos has already ensued. Follow EverestNoFilter on Snap for all the fun and games. #EverestNoFilter#everest2017
I think today counts as the official kickoff of #EverestNoFilter 2.0! I received my Chinese visa (the last part of the logistics puzzle to climbing #Everest from the North Side), @coryrichards began his travels from Montana, and @sportscenter began their coverage of our climb with this teaser. I am so stoked! #everest2017
While @coryrichards and I get a couple more workouts in while patiently waiting for our visas to be approved, our Sherpa team is finished packing in Kathmandu and headed to the Tibetan border. 9000 lbs of gear and food support our expedition of 14 climbers, 1 expedition doctor and 4 BC support staff. It's a mission just getting out of town! Follow the entire journey with far more detail on Snap (@everestnofilter) and Strava (strava.com/everestnofilter)
Can you tell we're wearing makeup?!? While I really love getting to spend time with this guy around the US, and I really love all the great conversation and interviews we've had the opportunity to participate in the past few weeks, it is high time to go climb a mountain! So come on powers-that-be, hit me with a visa! Pretty please!!!!! 🤞🤞🤞 #everestnofilter .
. @eddiebauer#liveyouradventure .
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Ok so we all know my feed is going to be all #everestnofilter all the time the next cpl of months! But the @AlpenglowExpeditions (my guide company) feed isn't just #Everest. So give them a follow for some mountain diversity. And think about joining a team! For first time climbers or those who need to brush up on their skill set, we have two international climbing schools coming up in Peru and Ecuador. In honor of our school offerings, I'm offering you a 10% discount if you book within the next 7 days. Contact my team at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention my post to get the deal!
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I'd be lying if I said I wasn't totally sick of this hill...and this backpack...and the 65lbs of water in it. Sorry #Reno and @eddiebauer, it's not your fault. It's just been a long few months of focused training. And countless laps on this hill with heavy weight are fun and all, but now it's time to go. T-5 days to leaving for #Everest2017. If you haven't gotten on the bandwagon yet, just do it. Follow us on Snap for the whole story from a season on #Everest. everestnofilter #everestnofilter
@stravarun is my favorite way to follow friends' athletic epics (big and small). For the 2nd year, we'll be using Strava on #everestnofilter to show our movements, heartrates, and progress. Cool graphics like this are a bonus. The team put this animation together, showing our entire climbing route and all 6 camps. I can't believe this is going to take 2 months #everest2017 .
*link to my Strava page in profile*
Next in my series of "appreciation" posts - people who make it possible to go on a dream trip like #everestnofilter - @emilyaharrington. I thought I'd post something about how Em had been by my side all winter training, regardless of weather or conditions or sleep or anything else. Instead I get to post this: Yesterday, Emily Harrington went back to her roots and crushed in a bouldering competition down in Chile, the @masterdeboulder! She took 3rd place, climbed epically strong, laughed the whole time, and showed once again exactly how capable she is in all aspects of climbing. I'm just going to throw it out there - I'm guessing not many (maybe not any) have climbed and skied an 8000-meter peak, and podium-ed in a respected climbing comp, in the same 6 months? I am blown away. She deserves all of it after a winter of focused training in the gym and in the mountains. I'm pretty damn lucky.
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As another #everest season steamrolls inexorably closer, and more and more of my time, energy and focus is sucked into its vortex, I'm reminded of the people closest to me that make my passion possible.
Neither @alpenglowexpeditions nor I would be where we are today without this guy - @3ollivierboys. Aaron plays two crucial roles: he's a partner/daily sounding board in Alpenglow, and he's one of my closest friends. Thanks for all you do ACO. We have so many more adventures to come! #partners#biznass
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Snow is preferred but not required ⛷
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The answer to by-far the most asked question on #everestnofilter: No, @emilyaharrington's not coming to #everest with @coryrichards and me this spring. She's far too intelligent for that. Lucky for me though, she has been by my side on near every training mission, including this past weekend doing long days in the High Sierra. I guess it doesn't look like she's suffering too much. ⛷