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RMI Guide Alex Barber Summits Manaslu!

Alex called from the summit of Manaslu on October 1st 10:50 a.m. Nepali time (September 30th 10:32 pm PT)
"It was a really chilly morning. Keeping moving on the summit to keep my fingers and toes warm. There are some clouds starting to come in and it's starting to snow. Hoping to go all the way down to Basecamp today. Looking forward to some good food and a decent mattress. The pace was pretty grueling: Base to Camp 2 in 8 hours, Camp 3 to Camp 4 in 3 hours and 45 minutes, and Camp 4 to summit in just over 4 hours. I have the summit almost entirely to himself. Just one other climber up here. Pretty cool. Going to start making my way down. I'll check in when I hit base. Ciao."
Email from Alex received October 1st 8:25 pm Nepali time (7:40 a.m. PT) I stood on the peak of Manaslu at 11am on October 1st! Funny thing is that exactly one year ago to the day I was at the summit of Cho Oyu. Tired and cold, I just arrived back at Camp 3. I'm going to have something warm to drink and bundle up here for the night. I'll post something more descriptive tomorrow from Basecamp. To those who have been following my trek, thanks for all your thoughts (and words) of encouragement. RMI Guide Alex Barber

Comments (6)

Alex B - CONGRATS!!!!  My son Eric and I climbed Rainier with you in July, 2012.  We’ve been excited and inspired to follow (and root you on, telepathically?) on your Himalayan adventure.  Eric (without father) will climb Denali in May ‘15 with RMI.  Hoping our mountain paths cross again.  Best - Alex A

Posted by: Alex Alimanestianu on

Alex. Congratulations getting to the summit. Particularly after having to retreat at first. And then to get it all together to try again. Lots of determination.

Posted by: Wally Young on

That is absolutely AWESOME!!!!  Congrats.  Don’t know u, but know the commitment & determination it took on your part. 

Enjoy the journey.

Posted by: Mary on

Great to hear this news!  What a trek you have had—congratulations!

Posted by: Andrea on

Dude, so glad to hear of your successful summit! Proud for you Alex.

Posted by: Tim Mason on

Congrats on your summit Alex! Amazing accomplishment! Glad to hear your safe and sound at Camp 3.

Posted by: Russell Toris on

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