Images and video: Ueli Steck/Don Bowie on Annapurna 2013

Ueli on the ridge directly above ABC @ 5000m.

  The view from my seat… Earlier this year Ueli Steck and I exchanged a number of emails hatching plans to attempt a bold line directly up the south face of Annapurna I. Both of us had attempted Annapurna by the south face twice before -on separate expeditions- for me the first in 2006 with… Read More



News from Annapurna

Don called this morning from Chomrong to say that Ueli successfully summitted Annapurna. Both are safe and well and on the way back to Pokhara. More news to follow in the next few days…. Tweet


Destination: Annapurna Summit: 8,091 m (26,545 ft)

Follow Don and Ueli Steck as they attempt to climb Annapurna in Nepal…………….. Don reported to his Support Team this morning (7:15 am MDT…. 7:00 pm ST in Nepal) that he and Ueli are on their way to Annapurna Base Camp. They hope to arrive there tomorrow. More information to follow….. Tweet


Pikes Peak training ride the Springs

Had a nice ride to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,114ft, 4302m) from my parents house. When someone told me the road was open to the top I took a shot at it immediately- but their beta that the road averages 4.5% grade was waaaay off. My Garmin Edge 810 was reading most of the… Read More



Black Forest Fire

I’ve been visiting my parents in Colorado Springs and captured a few images of the Black Forest Fire from their deck. Here is one of my favorites: (Click a few times for full screen- it’s worth it) Tweet


Makalu another day.

It seems that 5 weeks of chest infection and the constant struggle for physical and emotional health has taken it’s toll. I did finally get on the mountain and up near Makalu La for an acclimatization session, but when I returned to base camp my illness did not abate. After learning of Alexei’s death on Everest, well,… Read More



My Friend, Alexei Bolotov, Gone

Alexei & Don, July 2010

Many events have transpired since my last dispatch, but the most important at hand is the death of my friend and climbing partner Alexei Bolotov yesterday. I feel that far more appropriate words can be written about Alexei than I am capable of right now- my fingers simply hover over the keyboard with tears and disbelief- but… Read More



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