Ricardo Peña Everest Expedition

$22,725 of $30k goal

Raised by 181 people in 31 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 150
Posted by Ricardo Pena
5 days ago
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Today I hiked from Dingboche to Lobuche in 2 hours and 40 minutes. To give you a little perspective it takes typical trekkers a full day (5-8 hours of hiking) to cover this distance. After more than 4 weeks at altitude I feel a lot stronger and I can move faster with ease! I thought about pushing pass Lobuche and pass Gorak Shep to arrive at Everest base camp Today since I feel strong enough for that 12+mile hike from 14,300 to 17,400' and I can't wait to be back at B.C. but it was too much for my porter who is carrying my climbing gear. The problem is that he would have to go to B.C. and then return to Gorak Shep to sleep (as only climbers and sherpas with permits are allowed to sleep at base camp) and it was just too much for him from Dingboche. His load is not a brutal one like the ones you see every day on the trail but it is quite a bit heavier than mine and now that I am acclimatized I am moving a lot faster than trekkers and a bit faster than porters with loads so I didn't want to push him too hard so I decided to stay here in Lobuche and wait until tomorrow to reach Everest Base camp to make it more comfortable for him. I am ready to start climbing Everest and I can't wait! After a few days of rest we are supposed to do our first rotation which will take us across the infamous Khumbu ice fall and to Everest camp 1 at about 20,000' after a night or two there we will move up to camp 2 at 22,400' (let me check that number!). Exactly three years and two days ago (on April 18, 2014) I was going for my first climb up the icefall when the avalanche came down in front of our eyes and tragically killed 16 sherpas and injured many others! Happily on April 18 this year there was no incident and I summited Island Peak! Let's hope things continue as well as they have been going!
Today at my Lobuche lodge
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Update 149
Posted by Ricardo Pena
22 days ago
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Tomorrow I fly back to Lukla and with this I begin my Everest summit expedition. Now that I am done guiding my Alpine Expeditions trek to Base Camp (and back to Kathmandu) I can concentrate on my summit expedition. All the days spent at altitude guiding help me have an acclimatization base. Acclimatization is extremely important for climbing the highest mountain in the world. Now that I will make my way up to Base camp again my body will further acclimatize by making changes that allow it to function better at higher altitudes. The three rest days in Kathmandu have helped me recover from the hard push of hiking down the 35 miles from Gorak Shep to Lukla with a heavy pack. I have done laundry and made last minute shopping for more food and other items needed and I'm ready to go back up. This time to stay until the end of the expedition in late May. My high altitude gear and guitar await at base camp. Ulyana, Dawa Dendi and I along with other expedition members that are using the logistics and sherpas provided by Expedition Himalaya will start hiking tomorrow and will be stoping at Phakding for our first night at an elevation of about 8600'.
Uly brought some of the gear I wasn't able to bring with me two weeks ago including the summit flag I am showing on the photo.
Thank you so much to my sponsors! My brother Victor Peña and his company Elite Personalized Health who is doing a great job making and sending my expedition updates! Advenculture, Orizaba Mountain Guides, Mallku Expediciones, TCDC Fitness and Science in the Wild (Uly's company) with whom I am proud not only to have as a sponsor but to collaborate obtaining scientific data during my expedition for their research aimed at gaining important knowledge that helps us understand the human impact on the high glaciers of the Himalaya.
Special thanks to all the donors for making this expedition happen! We did it and we now begin the real push for the summit!
The summit flag
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Update 148
Posted by Ricardo Pena
1 month 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
1 month 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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Rosalinda Araujo Pena
5 days ago

te mandamos abrazos y besos desde Austin y todos nuestros pensamientos estan contigo para desearte que todo siga bien como tu lo has planeado y tu sueño de llegar a la cima se te cumpla.

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G M Salinas Anzaldua
4 months ago

I love it! Great job Eduardo!

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$22,725 of $30k goal

Raised by 181 people in 31 months
Created September 26, 2014
$25
Anonymous
1 day ago
JM
$100
June Mirecki
2 days ago
ED
$50
Elizabeth Dery
2 days ago
$100
Umbe Oliveira-Cantú
6 days ago

Praying for a successful expedition. Please be safe!

SA
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Stephanie Adlington
8 days ago

Go, Ricardo! With very best wishes to you on your fantastic adventure x

$25
Anonymous
15 days ago
$25
Gretchen Troop
16 days ago

Love following you kicking ass in such a beautiful place in the world, keep it up!

$35
Anonymous
21 days ago
$300
Jayne Boyle
25 days ago

I should have done the $500 at the beginning. Seeing someone's dream come true is a blessing. Guiding Eye Dogs, SPCA to bring home our military dogs and now you. Waiting for that photo of you on Mt. Everest!

JA
$25
Jeannette Alvarado
29 days ago
Rosalinda Araujo Pena
5 days ago

te mandamos abrazos y besos desde Austin y todos nuestros pensamientos estan contigo para desearte que todo siga bien como tu lo has planeado y tu sueño de llegar a la cima se te cumpla.

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G M Salinas Anzaldua
4 months ago

I love it! Great job Eduardo!

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