Khumbu Climbing Center@khumbuclimbingcenter

To increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices in a community-based program.

http://alexlowe.org/

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Materials have been arriving to the KCC building site. Volunteer, Mike Holmes arrived as well. With this combination of skilled labor and available materials we are set for a productive building season!

Khumbu Climbing Center
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Repost from @mtncorn using @RepostRegramApp - Phortse sunrise and the @khumbuclimbingcenter coming along well! Looking good here @conrad_anker and @jenniloweanker


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Repost from @budmartin using @RepostRegramApp - Did some figurin' yesterday. Now to work! @khumbuclimbingcenter


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Alex Lowe was on the forefront of guiding Everest. With his two ascents in 90 and 92 Alex understood the work, dedication and risk the Nepali climbers extend for their guests. This connection to the people of Nepal is the guiding light for the @khumbuclimbingcenter



Big thanks to long time supporters @thenorthface and @petzl_official



Photo by @m_synnott Great Trango Tower, Karakoram, Pakistan 1999


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Excited to share this post of the #magicyetilibrary a project of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. Many thanks to the continued hard work of Phu Doma in Phortse.



Repost from @kitdski - Grace and Tia brought supplies for a tape art class to the #magicyetilibrary in Phortse and we had a blast with 14 kids ages 5-9 making art together. #nepalfamilytrek


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Lila Bishop, Panuru Sherpa, Lakpa Norbu Sherpa and Dr. Steve Mock share a moment after a grand Nepali feast! Each has contributed to build the KCC program over the last fifteen years. Our many generous volunteers and stedfast Nepali team share a special and lasting bond of friendship.


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This image of the iconic Sherpa climber, Nawang Gombu was snapped in 1965 by Gene Sentz. Gene met Nawang at Tengboche Monastery while working on a forestry project for the Peace Corp in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Months later Nawang Gombu, a nephew of Tenzing Norgay became the only man to have reached the summit of Everest twice. His record stood for twenty years.


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Our KCC National Park Exchange has been bringing Sherpa and Nepali climbers to Denali, Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks for 8 years. Now we have added Glacier National Park to the mix. Nepali participants learn valuable skills for mountain and backcountry rescue. In addition, they learn park and visitor management and care of park resources and environment by interning with back country Rangers. Here's a photo of Phunuru Sherpa, currently participating in this program. "This year I had the opportunity to work with Yosemite National Park and Glacier National Park...I learned how the parks work with wilderness and conservation and how to keep the backcountry clean and a safe environment."

Glacier National Park
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Our Sherpa Exchange program with the US National Park Service provides a valuable cultural exchange. And the Yosemite Search and Rescue team's knowledge is invaluable. Thanks to the Rangers and YOSAR members for sharing their expertise. With the skills and knowledge we help spread into the Nepali climbing and guiding community, rescues that would have been unthinkable in the Himalaya a decade ago are now possible.

Yosemite National Park
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While monsoon rains pour in the Khumbu, and Phortse village observes the Di, a traditional closed season for work, many Phortsewa travel. Phunuru Sherpa is again in the United States this summer training with the National Park Service. This exchange program is invaluable for our Nepali instructors, and in turn, our students. In 2009, Phunuru worked on Denali with the rescue rangers. This summer, Yosemite Search and Rescue hosted him in the Valley. As our Sherpa Exchange program with the NPS approaches its 10 year anniversary, we are deeply thankful to those in the US and Nepal who share our commitment to professional management and rescue training for Nepali climbers.

Denali National Park and Preserve
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Monsoon time can be good training weather... but mostly it is the off season for climbing and trekking. Nepali and Sherpa climbers eager to refine and increase their skills are busy. Several of our instructors are participating in NMA's training camp in Manang, some as students, at least one as an instructor. Looks fun boys and girls! We've partnered with the NMA for many years. Compared to 15 years ago when we started our work, Nepali climbers now have access to several great organizations including the NMA to grow professional skills.


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