Everest for EveryoneMount Rainier, training ground for Ed Viesturs and Jim Whittaker, is traditionally Americans’ go-to peak for big-mountain prep. But there’s no better high-altitude test site than the Himalaya. Summit Climb’s inaugural Everest View Glacier School teaches mountaineering basics in the shadow of Everest itself. After trekking into the Khumbu Valley, spending nights at traditional teahouses, and following a portion of the route to Everest Base Camp, novices learn glacier rope techniques, crevasse rescue, ice climbing, and snow camping. The team then launches an assault on 19,800-foot Lobuche East in Everest National Park—with views from the summit of Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Everest. "I can guarantee they’ll be thinking, What would it be like to go up there?" says 20-year mountaineering veteran Dan Mazur. An Adventurer of the Year in 2006 (he sacrificed his own Everest summit bid to help save the life of Australian climber Lincoln Hall), Mazur leads the trip’s team of 30 Sherpa instructors. Climbers return home with the skills and altitude experience to attempt one of the easier 8,000-meter peaks like Cho Oyu the following year. And then, who knows, Everest could be next.
Outfitter: Summit Climb; summitclimb.com
Length: 22 days
Departs: April, May, October
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