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Expedition Photo Albums

Text Box: 2007 Aconcagua Expedition 
In February, 2007 Nicholas Rice participated in an independent expedition to the highest mountain in the southern and western hemispheres, Aconcagua. Aconcagua is located in the Andes Range in Argentina and is one of the seven summits (highest mountain on each of the seven continents). The team didn’t make it to the summit due to high winds (gusting 100mph) and time constraints.  The team was planning to attempt the polish direct route. Read the dispatches for this expedition by clicking here. Click here for the album. 
Text Box: 2006 Solo Gasherbrum II Expedition
In June, 2006 Nicholas Rice departed for a solo expedition to the 13th highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum II located in the Karakorum Range of Pakistan. Gasherbrum II is one of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks in the world at 8035 meters or 26,360 feet elevation. Nick reached the summit on July 25th. Click here for the photo album.
Text Box: 2005 Gasherbrum I and II Expedition
In 2005, Nicholas Rice participated in the US and Canada GI and GII Expedition guided by Charlie Fowler of Mountain Madness. 2005 was a horrible year for expeditions climbing in the Karakorum because of unseasonably bad weather which made for extremely hazardous avalanche conditions. Nick’s expedition was forced to abandon their summit attempt after topping out at camp II on Gasherbrum II. Click here for the dispatches.
Text Box: 2004 Cho Oyu Expedition 
In the fall of 2004, Nicholas Rice participated in a commercial expedition to Cho Oyu in Tibet, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Nicholas and a Sherpa summitted together in three hours from Camp III and returned to Base Camp the same day. Read the dispatches by clicking here. View the album by clicking here.
Text Box: 2003 McKinley Expedition 
In the summer of 2003, Nicholas Rice participated in a commercial expedition to Mount McKinley in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America (one of the seven summits). Nicholas and his team summitted together on July 7th, 2003. This was Nick’s first expedition. Upon reaching the summit, Nick knew that climbing was the sport he would continue to pursue for the rest of his life. Click here to view the album.

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Text Box: 2007 Broad Peak Expedition
In June, 2007 Nicholas Rice led an expedition on Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world at a height of 8047 meters or 26,400 feet. Broad Peak is located in the Karakorum Range in Northern Pakistan on the border of Tibet. It is named for it’s 1.5 km long summit ridge and is composed of three summits. The team was partially successful putting four members on the summit, however, Nicholas Rice turned back at the col (the start of the summit ridge) due to high winds and impending bad weather. The team was climbing via the normal route. Nicholas intends to return in 2008 to make another attempt. 
Text Box: 2007 Shishapangma Expedition 
In August, 2007 Nicholas Rice went on a solo expedition to Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world at a height of 8013 meters or 26,289 feet. It is the only 8000 meter peak located entirely in Tibet. The name Shishapangma means  “crest above the grassy plains” and accurately describes the mountains’ prominence above the Tibetan plateau. It is the highest peak in the Jugal Himal range, a sub-range of the Langtang Himal.   The team was climbing via the normal route. Click here for the album.
Text Box: 2008 K2 South-Southeast Spur Expedition *NEW*
In the summer of 2008, Nick Rice was a member of the French K2 Expedition led by Hugues D’Aubarede. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world standing at 8,611 meters or 28,251 feet. K2 is the highest of the five 8000 meter peaks in Pakistan and thought to be one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Nick climbed by the South-Southeast Spur, also known as the Cesan Route. Nick chose this route because, although more technical than the Abruzzi Spur, it has less danger of rockfall and therefore is a bit safer than the normal route. Nick reached the base of the bottleneck at 8,250 meters, but was forced to turn around because of impending frostbite and dangerous conditions in the bottleneck which ultimately resulted in the deaths of 11 climbers, including Nick’s expedition leaded, Hugues D’Aubarede. Nick will return to K2 in 2009 and climb the mountain by the North Ridge Route on the Chinese Face. Click here for Photo Gallery. 
Text Box: 2009 Spring Manaslu Expedition *NEW*
Nicholas Rice reached the summit of Manaslu at 11:30am on May 19th, 2009 without Sherpa support or supplemental oxygen after nearly two months in base camp waiting for a weather window. Manaslu (मनास्लु) is the eighth highest mountain in the world, located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas. The word “Manaslu” is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and is translated as "Mountain of the Spirit". Manaslu is the highest peak in the Gorkha district and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. Nick will be attempting the mountain solo by the Japanese Route without Oxygen or Sherpa Support. Click here for dispatches. Click here for Photo Gallery. 
Text Box: 2009 Autumn Shishapangma Expedition *NEW*
After a successful expedition on Manaslu in the Spring of 2009 (8th highest mountain in the world), Nicholas Rice teamed up with Mario Panzeri (Italy) for his second attempt on Shishapangma in the Fall of 2009. Shishapangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world and is located in Tibet. It is the only 8000 meter peak located entirely in Tibet. The name Shishapangma means  “crest above the grassy plains” and accurately describes the mountains’ prominence above the Tibetan plateau. It is the highest peak in the Jugal Himal range, a sub-range of the Langtang Himal. The team attempted the mountain by the Chinese variation on the normal route on the north face. In 2007, sustained bad weather coupled with dangerous avalanche conditions forced Nick off the mountain. No one summitted that season. Dispatches will be posted daily. Click here for Photo Gallery.