Khumbu Climbing Center

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Founded in 2003, The Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) strives to, “increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices.” KCC is high in the Himalayas, where they focus on teaching technical climbing skills, mountain safety, rescue, wilderness first aid, and English for two weeks in the winter season. In the past 11 years nearly 1,000 Nepali men and women have attended KCC, and according to Dr. Luanne Freer (overseer of Everest base camp and ER), these attendees of KCC are saving lives with their new skill set and knowledge.

Conrad Anker


You may or may not remember him from the film Meru, but you’ve definitely heard of him. At 53, Conrad Anker has climbed all around the world and is still craving first ascents. He’s summited Everest 3 times, one of which was without supplemental oxygen. From the Himalayas to Antarctica and beyond, he is described as the climber’s climber. He’s a champion for the environment and loves helping other climbers achieve their potential. You can learn more about him at

Cheyne Lempe


Cheyne has been climbing for less than 10 years, but in that time he’s made a name for himself on the big walls of Yosemite and Patagonia. Also a talented videographer, he documents his adventures to share with the climbing community. He’s pulled first ascents and has set records in speed solo climbing. He’s even been a part of the youngest team to complete the Triple Crown Linkup in Yosemite. Cheyne’s impressive history is told at

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*10% of proceeds go directly towards Khumbu Climbing Center