Blogger Alan Arnette has officially announced that he will climb Lhotse this spring and will become the second American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and money for research.
The renowned Everest chronicler, 58, has already summited Manaslu, K2, and Everest, and will have to climb 11 more peaks between now and 2020 to achieve his goal. Arnette lost his mother to Alzheimer’s. So far, he has raised $250,000 for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund through his mission, Project 8000. His goal is to raise $1 million.
Arnette will head to Nepal to summit Lhotse, Everest’s 27,940-foot neighbor, Adventure Journal reported. Lhotse and Everest share much of the same route before bifurcating into two separate summits.
Thirty-four people have climbed all 14 8,000-meter peaks. Ed Viesturs, the only American to accomplish the feat, did it on private climbs and without supplemental oxygen.