Ricardo Peña Everest Expedition

$21,965 of $30k goal

Raised by 172 people in 30 months
Ricardo Pena  BROOMFIELD, CO
Ricardo's Everest Expedition is now in progress!! Donate now to be part of this exciting adventure! 

In 2013 I decided to try to climb Mt. Everest. The biggest and most obvious obstacle to getting a chance to do this was the exorbitant cost of this expedition. It was completely out of my possibilities as a mountain guide and musician, but I decided to try and raise money and see how far I would get. The most amazing thing happened! Friends, family and lots of past clients of mine, clients that I had guided on many expeditions, donated generously! My good friend, famous Andes Survivor and painter Eduardo Strauch not only painted the great expedition logo but donated several paintings that sold for thousands of dollars and further helped fund the expedition! I ended up raising the incredible amount of $31,685 dollars!! I never expected such an amazing response! It was incredible!
I was still more than $25,000 dollars short of what the final cost would be but I was not going to pass on this incredible opportunity. So I used up my credit to pay the rest of the costs for this chance to realize a life long dream of mine.


I trained as hard as I could: working out 6 days a week, including many trail runs up in the Boulder foothills and more than 40 ascents (in one year) up Colorado high peaks as well as several ascents up the Mexican Volcanoes, and Mt. Rainier, many of these ascents during an unusually harsh, windy and stormy winter in Colorado. All this while fundraising and working full time in music and guiding. Finally in April 2014 I went to Nepal and after some initial set backs (a cold and fever on the trek up to Base Camp and some sleep apnea on the first week there), I found myself, after a week at base camp at 17,500': healthy, strong and ready to go for the summit of Mt. Everest! But on April 18 as we were headed up the ice fall for the first time an avalanche hit the glacier above and killed 16 sherpas and injured many more! I helped with the injured at the medical tent and did what I could to help during this tragedy. It was a tough day for all of us on Everest and we were very lucky  we didn't leave earlier or we could have died on that same avalanche!  That tragedy set a chain of events that resulted in all of the expeditions being forced to abandon their summit attempts. Two weeks later we were all forced to leave the mountain with no chance to do any further climbing.

My life long dream of summiting the highest point in the planet vanished and I was left with the sadness of seeing 16 sherpas, fellow mountaineers that climbed for a living (like me) die.
To make things worse, I was left with a big debt of over $25,000 that after a lot of hard work and sacrifices, as of October 1 2016 I finally paid off. 
After the 2014 expedition many of my donors offered to donate again and make this happen once again!! I was extremely moved by this incredible gesture. It reawakened my life long dream! Can I really get a chance to summit Everest like I thought? Their generosity has inspired me to try again and this is why I started a new fund raising campaign.

 It seemed impossible to make this happen again but we did it once, and mostly with small donations (as well as a few very large and extremely generous ones!), and so I know it's possible to do it again if YOU want to make this happen! Luckily, I have the gear necessary for Everest now and Nepal has offered us to use the $10,000 2014 climbing permit within 5 years. So that is $10,000 less I have to raise. Also I have found ways to cut costs. That is why the goal is now set to $30,000 now.

If you donated money for my last expedition, you know what your donation large or small can do! We made the Everest expedition happen!! We really did!
We made it to the exotic and fascinating places in Nepal including the highest mountains in the world! This adventure not only changed my life in a very positive way but inspired a lot of people! I was very happy to hear from friends/donors who told me this expedition was inspiring them to start working towards important goals in their lives that they had previously thought too hard to attempt!

If you are thinking about donating for the first time, consider that you can be part of this very exciting adventure. Even with a small donation of $25 you can fund your own expedition to the highest point on the planet!... and I will show you, up close what is like to do this step by step with my dispatches and photos.

If you want to sponsor your own Everest expedition, if you want to help me realize a life long dream of climbing the highest mountain in the world, if an adventure like this inspires you and you want to help inspire more people to achieve great things in life: Donate now! We can make this happen if YOU donate!

From the bottom of my heart: Thank you!!!
Ricardo Peña


For more information about my mountaineering visit: www.alpineexpeditions.net
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Update 148
Posted by Ricardo Pena
1 day ago
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Today we made it to Dingboche at 14,300'. This is an important stop in our trek to base camp and in my acclimatization for Everest as it is important to spend a couple of nights at this altitude before going higher. Altitude sickness happens often at altitudes above 15,000 for people that don't take enough time to allow their bodies to adjust to the lower levels of oxygen. This is important for my clients to be able to visit Everest Base Camp at 17,400' without getting sick and for me to establish a good foundation of acclimatization before my expedition. After Dingboche we will make one stop at Lobuche and then we'll be off to Base camp! That's Dingboche on the photo with Everest and Lhotse in the background covered in clouds.
Dingboche 14,300'
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Update 147
Posted by Ricardo Pena
2 days ago
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Yesterday, we hiked from Namche to Deboche. On our way we passed the famous Tengboche monastery situated above 12,000' on the top of a hill with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many of the surrounding 6000 meter peaks. Yesterday I did not get to see the great views as in 2014 as the monastery was inside a cloud which gave it a bit of a surreal and mysterious look to it. Today we move up to Dingboche at 14,500'. Thank you Kellie and Jayne for your generous donations to my Everest fund!! I'm very glad to have you on the team of donors who are making my Everest expedition happen and who will be receiving all the photos, live updates and final trip report of the expedition!
Inside the Tengboche monastery
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Update 146
Posted by Ricardo Pena
6 days ago
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Thank you Joe (ole Andes buddy! ) for your donations to my Everest campaign. It will be my great pleasure to share with you all the dispatched, photos and live updates to my Everest expedition!
Jerry, Me, Alberto, Francisco and Alvaro
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Update 145
Posted by Ricardo Pena
7 days ago
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Today we fly to Lukla and begin our trek to Everest base camp. Guiding this trek is going to help me gain acclimatization for my Everest expedition. In the next 9 days we will be trekking the Himalaya from Lukla to Base camp and attempt if conditions and time allow us an ascent of Kala Patthar (18,500') which has great views of Everest. After a night at BC I will guide everyone back down to Lukla and return to Kathmandu. After a few days in Kathmandu to do final preparations including meeting with the ministry of tourism to get the permit to attempt Everest's summit I will head back up to BC to begin my summit expedition. Starting today all donors will be receiving updates via satellite through my GPS that includes messages and our a map of our location as we make our way to Everest. If you are not a donor and would like to receive these updates consider making a donation. A contribution as small as $25 gets you subscribed to receive all the additional photos, maps and updates you will not see on FB so you can see in detail what is like to climb the highest mountain in the world!
Jerry, Me, Alberto, Francisco and Alvaro
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G M Salinas Anzaldua
3 months ago

I love it! Great job Eduardo!

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$21,965 of $30k goal

Raised by 172 people in 30 months
Created September 26, 2014
JA
$25
Jeannette Alvarado
2 hours ago
$150
Kelvin Box
2 days ago

Stay safe! Praying for your success.

KM
$25
Kellie Miller
2 days ago

Aim High Rick!

JB
$200
Jayne Boyle
4 days ago

Enjoy a safe climb to the top.

JJ
$25
Joe Jakubisyn
7 days ago
RC
$50
Rich Coe
9 days ago

Myself, my family, and my students all wish you a great experience.

JF
$100
John Farmer
10 days ago

I am very excited for you, Ricardo! Making this trip happen is an incredible testament to the energy, focus and inspiration you bring to life. Live your dream! Have a great and safe trip. I look forward to seeing you when you return. Best wishes! John

GL
$25
Greg Lortz
10 days ago

Have a safe trip.

SV
$200
Silvia Velasco
11 days ago

Mi querido Ricardo! Eres todo una inspiración! Víctor y yo te deseamos todo el éxito del mundo en este nuevo intento. Un fuerte abrazo

$30
Gary Edmonds
11 days ago

Hi Ricardo (Rich), I'm very excited for you. I always knew you loved the mountains (that's why you moved out of Buffalo...lol), and now here you are on your way to the highest point on earth. How exciting is that? All of us here in Buffalo wish you all the best, for a safe and successful summit. Sincerely, Your old friend - Gary

G M Salinas Anzaldua
3 months ago

I love it! Great job Eduardo!

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