November 6, 2017

An early morning approach at Red Rocks. 

If you climb or even talk to rock climbers, you've inevitably heard the expression "Rock-Tober."  This isthe migration of climbers flocking south to low elevation cliffs across the southern United States in search of mo...

October 24, 2017

Rock climbing is hard, frustrating and often scary. It's an endless path of practice and improvement. Even when you improve, there is always something higher or harder to aspire to. Even the best climbers in the world, or should I say, especially the best climbers in t...

October 4, 2017

Hokkaido, Japan - come get some of this in Janurary February!

Well that went fast.  Before I could locate my winter gloves the snow in California started.  It was actually pleasant - a small flurry of white before winter really sets it's teeth and starts pushing bi...

May 21, 2017

The gear in action on Northside of Everest, 2016 

Some people want the details on gear and some people don't give a $#%T.  So if you fall into the latter category, stop here. Otherwise, we're getting into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to actually make this expedit...

May 14, 2017

The North Col (photo copyright: Zeb Blais 2017)

Yellow tents appeared through the thick cloud and blowing snow.  The blue wall of glacier ice behind the tents popped against the overcast, grey skies.  Last years' arrival at Camp 1 was the polar opposite to this year.  T...

May 10, 2017


Rope fixing is always a struggle on Mount Everest.  It takes a huge amount of manpower, gear, and miles of rope to fix either side of the mountain.  In recent years, rope fixing on the North side has been handled by the Chinese.  The Chinese take payment from each te...

May 5, 2017

A lot of people have asked me what we eat while climbing Mount Everest. This is a fun one to answer, since it ranges from the familiar to the far out.

April 27, 2017

What Everest Base Camp is all about, the differences between the south side and north side base camps, what creature comforts modern camps have.

April 25, 2017

Explanation of acclimatization on 8000 meter high altitude climbing expeditions.

April 22, 2017

Hi, this is Zeb.  After last year's successful expedition on Mount Everest, I realized how fascinated people are by climbing at extreme altitudes, especially the world’s highest peak.  Curiosity seems to span the entire range of the expedition, from what we eat on the...

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