Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are climbing Mount Everest in a way that has never been done before, they’re snapchatting their entire journey using the hashtag #EverestNoFilter. Though there have been pictures and videos of the mountain and climbers since Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norway in 1953, this is probably the first time that we’ve seen images of the summit attempt in real-time.
— Elizabeth Svokos (@miss_svokos) April 15, 2016
The guys arrived at Base Camp on April 13th and according to the mission statement on their website, they’re going to try to reach the peak of Mount Everest with out supplemental oxygen. Which is a pretty big deal, especially for two white guys (the Sherpas are a lot better at summitting without oxygen because they’re from the region). These two are no strangers to mountaineering, Ballinger has reached the top of Everest on six times and Richards has a lot of experience in the Himalayas under his belt.
— Brian Isom (@BrianIsom) April 14, 2016
— Chris Stearns (@PuraVidaChris) April 14, 2016
The guys are also posting on Instagram and Twitter about their trip and they’ve garnered a pretty large following. Obviously, they’re having to post everything via a satellite since there isn’t much service on the world’s tallest mountain.
The mountains showed us their moody side today. Despite the cold wind, we climbed to 18,000 feet, running ridges in the clouds. @coryrichards, pictured, camera out, beneath the epic walls of Ama Dablam, seamlessly combines shooting photos with climbing fast. His creativity never seems to run out, but also never takes away from our daily climbing objective. It's an honor, and non-stop entertainment, to team up this season for our no-O's attempt on #Everest. Meanwhile, great news from #Tibet. Our permits are signed and the border has opened. We will spend 3 more nights up high here in the Khumbu, and then be on the move to the North Side! #EverestNoFilter #Everest2016
The hues of dawn from high on the South Side of Everest. It's a view I've never seen with my own eyes. This year with any luck, alongside @adrianballinger as our first expedition with @eddiebauer, I hope to see it from the summit without oxygen, having climbed from the North side in order to avoid the icefall. We'll be documenting our trip on SnapChat under EverestNoFilter and our personal accounts, crichardsphoto and aidrianjb as well as our Instagram accounts. If you have any interest in going for one last mellow training hike with us, we'll be meeting at Mt. Sanitas in Boulder on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Feel free to join!!!! #EverestNoFilter #liveyouradventure