Alan Arnette of Fort Collins, Colorado, is no stranger to a challenge. Over his lifetime, he has climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mount Everest, plus 30 others—all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease, which his mother suffered from for years. His latest vertical challenge is K2—known as “The Savage Mountain”—in Pakistan. At 28,251 feet (just 784 feet shy of Everest), it is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.
“The statistics are sobering,” says Alan. “For every four people who summit, one of them dies.” But the danger is not enough to stop him. Alan’s bravery and passion far outweigh his fears. “I am very frustrated with the lack of progress to properly fund Alzheimer’s research and support caregivers. I want to raise awareness by climbing the world’s hardest mountain to fight the world’s hardest disease.”
On July 27, his 58th birthday, Alan Arnette and his team reached the summit of K2! We send him our congratulations and sincere thanks. Alan has made the trek back down the mountain and across the Baltoro Glacier, and safely returned home to Colorado.
Watch Alan's video from the summit here.