Everest - Lhotse 2014 Expedition

$31,685 of $40k goal

Raised by 170 people in 48 months
Ricardo Pena  BROOMFIELD, CO



MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Help sponsor this expedition with a donation (large or small!) and let me take you virtually through every step of the way to the top! Also enjoy some rewards! Read on...


Many people climbing Everest these days are not professional mountaineers but people paying huge amounts of money to be guided to the top. A few of these people succeed, many don't, and some tragically die on the mountain. Despite all of the craziness on this peak, this is still the highest point in the planet, and the ultimate goal for an alpinist like me who loves high altitude mountaineering! This is my life-long dream climb!

So many great mountaineers have made history on this peak! For me to experience this mountain, follow in the steps of these heroes of mine, challenge myself at these extreme altitudes and try to accomplish this...Climbing the highest peak in the world! is the kind of goal that gives huge meaning to my life! And it's the most classic challenge for an alpinist like me.
Ironically, the costs of climbing this peak have sky-rocketed so much that it is now almost impossible for a professional mountaineer like me to climb Everest!

 As a guide I love helping people reach high summits, accomplish great goals, feel better about life and themselves. I truly love my job. Like my clients though, I also like accomplishing great personal goals and Everest is the ultimate goal for me.
You can help make this other wise impossible dream, come true!

Make a donation and your donation, large or small, can make the difference between this happening or not! and you can participate virtually every step of the way to the top of the world!
In return for your donations I am offering many rewards including Stickers, water bottles, soft shell jackets, free presentations, free guided ascents in Colorado and Mexico and much more.

As a mountain guide and musician (my other life-long job and passion) and father of two sons (who would love to see their dad climb Everest!!) it is impossible to pay for this by myself even if I spend the rest of my life paying for it! If I raise at least $25,000 that will be enough for me to be able to pay the rest through my work in the next 10 years or so. That means even if 800 people donate just $25, this dream expedition can come true and your small donation will make a huge difference in my life, the life of my kids, and my career as a guide... and just as importantly, this will be your expedition which you can enjoy every step of the way!
What do I mean by "this is your expedition"? I will personally take you with me on this 2 month expedition to the top of the world through my dispatches, photos and videos on every stage of the expedition (including some of the training and preparations months before). I will be sharing all this with you so you can experience UP CLOSE and intimate what is like to climb to the highest point in the planet!

From the bottom of my heart:
Thank you so much for your donation!!


Check out the great rewards I am offering at the different donation levels!

The slogan of my expedition is Make it happen!
I hope that by accomplishing this great challenge I can help inspire you and others to think of their greatest dream and Make it happen!

For more info on my guiding, my connection with the Alive story and and my mountaineering visit: www.alpineexpeditions.net

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Update 51
Posted by Ricardo Pena
31 months ago
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Just making sure all of you received the link to my Everest Final Report which features all the best photos I took during the expedition with captions relating all the events. You'll also find all the dispatches if you'd like to read more in detail. Once again from the bottom of my heart thank you very much for your incredible support. You can imagine how disappointed I am that I did not get a chance to try the summit. I felt terrible that all that money you donated didn't give me a chance to summit and share with you what could have been an incredible experience. I am also heavily in debt now from the expedition which when all was said and done cost more than $55,000 dollars. It was a truly unique and unforgettable experience and of course as you all know also a very tragic event with the loss of 16 lives which made it a sadly historic day for Everest. Many of you have so generously offered to donate again to fund another expedition to Mt. Everest. I am extremely touched by your gesture. I would like to get an actual chance to summit the highest mountain in the world and so I will be starting a new fund raising campaign. As many of you have seen through Facebook, my training has continued while I gather my thoughts on how to go about this. I will be announcing the new campaign soon. In the meantime if anyone makes a donation through this link I will make sure it gets transferred into the new campaign so you can monitor every new dollar that gets donated towards the new Everest expedition. at this point I am not sure if the new expedition would be in 2015 or 2016 as I have to make sure that things are working properly in Nepal so what happened this year doesn't happen again. I'll keep you all posted. Thank you so much for all your generosity funding the 2014 Everest expedition! I hope you enjoy(ed) the trip report: http://www.alpineexpeditions.net/everest-expedition-2014.html

Don't worry if you lose this link, if you go to the alpine expeditions site and look at the bottom of the 'about us' page there is a small and discreet link to get in the page that says "Everest Expedition Trip Report"
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Update 50
Posted by Ricardo Pena
33 months ago
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Hello all Everest donors! I want make sure everyone received the final trip report. If you didn't please let me know and I'll make sure you get it. Once again thank you all for your wonderful generosity!
And while we are on it anyone who has not received their donation perks please send me an email so we can take care of all lose ends. Thank you!
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Update 49
Posted by Ricardo Pena
33 months ago
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Let me try this one more time!

Dear Everest donors:
Here is the link to the final Expedition report. http://alpineexpeditions.net/everest-expedition-2014.html
I really appreciate everyone's patience! After Everest I came back to a lot of work and it has taken me a long time to finish this. It was very time consuming and I had to deal with many technical problems but it was very important to me to finish this and deliver the promised report. One problem that I was not able to solve for now was adding the music I wanted to add and this is totally out of my hands. The website host I am using is having problems with this right now. If I am able to add it later I will let you know. For now, if you'd like to see the slide show with the music I will send you a link with the music tracks that you can open in a separate window and play while watching the slide show.
Please let me know if you have trouble opening the link or watching the slide show. This link takes you to a hidden page on my Alpine Expeditions page. You can only access this page by using that link or if you lose it or forget it, there is a discreet access to it: Go to the about us page on Alpineexpeditions.net and scroll all the way down to the left hand corner and you'll find in very small print a link to that page.
On that page you will find a slide show with captions. I recommend using the arrows (as opposed to the auto-play) to look at the photos as quickly or slowly as you'd like and to have enough time to read the captions.
You also find in this page all the dispatches sent during the trip, if you want to read all the details of the expedition.
I hope you enjoy my journey through Nepal. I am extremely grateful for your wonderful generosity, for making this happen for me.
It was a very, very unfortunate and tragic year on Everest but I definitely lived an incredible and very enriching experience that I will always be grateful for. Thank you all so much!!
Let me know what you think!
Ricardo
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Update 48
Posted by Ricardo Pena
33 months ago
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Here is the link to the music for the Everest Trip report. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t65bd86dk03re1h/AAAWGg0RdO-ujpwd5bY7mWVma
Use the music in which ever order you want or watch it with different music or no music at all. Whatever you prefer. If you'd like to use this music my suggested order is the following:

1.The Future is here Part 2 (Ricardo Peña)
2. Symphony #7 1st movement (Beethoven)
3. symphony #7 2nd mov (Beethoven)
4.The Seventh Seal (Ricardo Peña, performed by R.P. and members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra)
5.Sinduli Gadhi (Kutumba) This is traditional Nepali music I bought in Nepal especially for this.
6. The Future is here part 3 (R. Peña)

If you want additional music I also added an extra Nepali traditional tune called: "Maitighar" (also by Kutumba)
I hope you enjoy it!
Ricardo
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Ricardo Birn
44 months ago

te felicito Ricardo por este proyecto, que algunos iniciamos como una utopa pero confiado en que en algn momento podremos cumplir! en mi caso con las sevent summit, ya he conseguido 4 pero como tu dices Everest es muy costoso y tambin estoy intentando conseguir los fondos, tu seguro lo conseguirs, ya que te lo mereces y mucha gente ha conseguido sus sueos de montaa por tu asistencia, ahora te toca a ti, confa que van ayudarte a cumplir este sueo! abrazo enorme desde Argentina.

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$31,685 of $40k goal

Raised by 170 people in 48 months
Created May 3, 2013
LH
$185
leanne hawley
34 months ago
$65
Anonymous
36 months ago
BW
$100
Barbara Weiland
36 months ago

Sorry your adventure turned out so different than you expected but hope you enjoyed beautiful Nepal anyway! All the best.

$35
Anonymous
36 months ago
AP
$300
alberto Peña
36 months ago
AP
$210
ALBERIC PARADISO
36 months ago
$100
Paula Battelli
36 months ago

Ricardo, Myself and Chris and Jessy wish you safe travels home and I hope this helps as you know we love you Ricardo!!!!!

$50
Anonymous
36 months ago
ST
$50
Saranna Thornton
36 months ago
$50
Anonymous
36 months ago
Ricardo Birn
44 months ago

te felicito Ricardo por este proyecto, que algunos iniciamos como una utopa pero confiado en que en algn momento podremos cumplir! en mi caso con las sevent summit, ya he conseguido 4 pero como tu dices Everest es muy costoso y tambin estoy intentando conseguir los fondos, tu seguro lo conseguirs, ya que te lo mereces y mucha gente ha conseguido sus sueos de montaa por tu asistencia, ahora te toca a ti, confa que van ayudarte a cumplir este sueo! abrazo enorme desde Argentina.

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