Alpine Ascents Foundation Mt. Baker Charity Climb August 7-9, 2019

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2019 is a big milestone for the Alpine Ascents Foundation as we are celebrating our 20th year of educating children in Nepal. Together we can raise money to give education opportunities for the children in Namche Bazaar and Kathmandu.

Join us in our first fundraising climb for the Alpine Ascents Foundation led by three of the most renowned climbing Sherpa in the industry, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Jangbu Sherpa.

This is an opportunity for you to climb Mt Baker, one of the finest peaks in the North Cascades and one of America’s most classic climbs while at the same time helping sponsor Nepali children’s education through the Alpine Ascents Foundation.

This expedition has no climbing pre-requisites but requires that you are in good physical condition, have a love for the outdoors, a willingness to help educate Nepali Children, a desire to climb a mountain with three of the most celebrated Sherpa guides in mountaineering. All programs are run by Alpine Ascents International and your donation is tax deductible.  
The details:
Mt. Baker Summit Climb: This is a 3 day climb with 9 climbers and 3 guides. Climbers must be in very good physical condition and Alpine Ascents will assist with gear, training and logistics preparation
Dates: August 7-9, 2019 – Gear Check at 4pm on August 6
Meeting Location: Alpine Ascents Office Seattle – 109 West Mercer, Seattle, WA 98119
Planning package: Upon sign up all climbers will receive a pre-trip planning package

Join this amazing dream team by signing up today
Cost per climber:   $4,000 per person ($500.00 deposit, due with application, and balance due 120 days prior to departure.)
Trip Details: Mt Baker details
To Book: Please provide your deposit via one of the methods of donation and send an email to info@sherpaedfund advising of your deposit payment
Questions to: Gordon Janow ( 206-378-1927

Meet Your Guides:

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Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Lakpa’s climbing and guiding achievements are significant, with 15 summits of Mt. Everest on over 23 expeditions (a record 253 climbers on the summit under his leadership) seven guided summits of Cho-Oyu and numerous other peaks in Nepal. He has also been AAI’s high camp manager and guide on Aconcagua and Denali and has guided numerous peaks in the Cascades including Mount Baker and Rainier. Currently, Lakpa and his family reside in Seattle. He is a guide, leader and friend of the highest quality. Lakpa summited Mount Vinson 13 times. He also is known as “The Best Sirdar in the Khumbu”, and has been working with us for the past twenty years. His legendary strength is veiled by his charm and humility. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he directs and organizes the AAI team of Sherpa for every Himalayan expedition.

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Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

Dawa is the only female climber from Rolwaling Valley, home to more than 70 other notable climbers and Everest summiteers. She has been a frequent competitor in ultra-marathons including the 350 km Everest Sky Race and Annapurna Mandala Trail. Dawa started working as a trekking guide in 2008 and began climbing in 2009. Since taking up climbing, she has summited Mt. Everest from the south, Yala Peak, Island Peak, Ama Dablam , Cho-Oyu from the Tibet side and also worked as a climbing ranger on Mt Rainier. In 2014, Dawa successfully summited K2 as part of the first Nepalese female team. She also works as instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal.


Jangbu Sherpa

Jangbu has climbing in his blood. He has lived most of his life in Nepal surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains. He has been guiding for 12 years, leading countless treks and climbing trips with Australian and European clients. Jangbu was fortunate enough to stand on the top of the world on the summit of Mt. Everest in 2011, 2017 and 2018. He has also led two successful expeditions on Ama Dablam in 2009 & 2011. Jangbu came to the United States in 2012 and was certified as a Wilderness First Responder. At the beginning of 2013, he also finished his certification as an International Mountain Guide. Jangbu is very proud to have been a part of only the third class in Nepal to finish this rigorous program. He is also an experienced canyoneer and was part of an expedition that opened the highest canyoneering route in the world in Naar Phu, Nepal. When he is not in the mountains (which is always his first choice!), Jangbu enjoys trail running, gardening, and keeping in touch with his family and friends on Skype.