Tag Archives: 7 Summits

ExWeb interview with Bill Hanlon, highlighting the health needs of remote communities

ExWeb interview with Bill Hanlon, highlighting the health needs of remote communities 12:12 am CST Nov 10, 2009

Other News: Reaching new heights Cochrane Times, Date: Oct. 29, 2009

Reaching new heights
Cochrane Times,
Date: Oct. 29, 2009




Trip Journal for Carstensz Pyramid, October 2009 (feed courtesy Mountain Trip)

Trip Journal for Carstensz Pyramid, October 2009 (feed courtesy Mountain Trip)

Mountain Trip Guiding Company

  • Back in Bali 25 October 2009
    I arrived in Bali this morning with Ben Swart and Elsie Bezuidenhout, the remainder of the Mountain Trip 2009 Carstensz Expedition. We are all happy to be heading home after a long, but ultimately successful trip.I had a beautiful 2nd summit day with Ben and Elsie, after a snowy 1st summit with Bill H. and Ephi G. I can't emphasize enough how hard it is […]
    Bill Allen
  • Out of the mountains! 23 October 2009
    Bill called last night to report that they were out of base camp, and headed for Nabire. They had stopped over at a small mining operation to refuel the helicopter.Everyone is thrilled with the outcome of this longer-than-anticipated expedition. I don't want to flog the proverbial dead horse, but tenacity and patience won the day on this trip. I should […]
  • Back at BC after the summit 21 October 2009
    Bill just called again to say that he, Ben and Elsie are all safely back in base camp.They awoke last night to a starry sky and headed to the summit in cold, but clear weather. There was some snow en route, but it quickly melted at the sun at 4 degrees below the equator rose higher in the clear blue sky.The clouds they encountered on the summit were intermit […]
  • Ben and Elsie reach the summit! 21 October 2009
    Bill called earlier today from the summit of Carstensz Pyramid!He said it had been a stunningly clear, blue sky day all the way up. He, Ben and Elsie made good time on the route, but just as they reached the top, a bank of clouds rolled in and obscured their view. They were descending in good, but cloudy weather and are hopeful that the helicopter will fly i […]
  • Getting ready for the summit 20 October 2009
    Bill called to say that he, Elsie and Ben have all spent an absolutely beautiful day around base camp, practicing some of the skills the team will need for a summit push. If the weather holds, the group will head up tonight!Ephi and Bill Hanlon are en route to Denpassar and should be heading home in the next day or so.We'd like to take a moment to compl […]
  • Snowy Summit! 18 October 2009
    Bill, Ephi and Bill Hanlon all stood on the summit on Friday! It was a very snowy day and they were fortunate that it was not more windy or they would have had to turn back.Sorry for the delay folks. I've been traveling and in meetings up in Alaska, and have posted updates via a new service from my phone, but apparently, they did not post. Better living […]
  • Going for the summit? 15 October 2009
    Bill called last night to report that the Kamov made a second attempt to get the rest of the team in to base camp, but turned back due to weather. Ben and Elsie are still trying to get in, but chris Davenport needs to return to the States due to other commitments. Bill, Ephi and Bill Hanlon are going to head up for a summit attempt today, and are probably pa […]
  • Waiting for the second flight 14 October 2009
    Bill called earlier to say that the weather was not good enough for the Kamov to make the second flight into base camp yesterday. Clouds and intermittent rain made for conditions that were just too marginal to fly.Everyone is still excited and committed to seeing this through, so as soon as the weather breaks, they'll be in the air.
  • At Base Camp! 13 October 2009
    Bill called from the Lakes Base Camp, just over the ridge from the start of their route up Carstensz Pyramid.Half the team flew into BC today, and the remainder might make it in, although Bill suspects that they will more realistically fly tomorrow. To reemphasize how... "dynamic" the situation is over there, when it came time to load up the huge, […]
  • Hoping to fly today! 12 October 2009
    The team made it to the small town of Nabire, on the NW coast of the island of Papua. They had to take a couple of additional days due to some delays, but are optimistic that they will fly to Base Camp today.The Bell helicopter has been repaired, but the Indonesian version of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has decided that it cannot fly until a th […]
  • Makassar 8 October 2009
    We made it one step closer to Papua yesterday. We are in Makassar on the southern tip of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The plan is to fly to Papua tonight arriving early tomorrow morning. We are staying in another comfortable hotel overlooking Losari beach right in downtown Makassar. I think I can safely say that we are all tired of comfort right now, a […]
    Bill Allen
  • Pic's 7 October 2009
    Chris and Ephi hiked to the top of Mt Batur here in Bali yesterday morning, they got an alpine start leaving the hotel at 3am to be at the summit for the sunrise. Their early morning efforts were rewarded with a beautiful clear day. It's not all sitting by the pool and going surfing here in Bali...We're off to the airport for our flights to Makassa […]
    Bill Allen
  • Leaving for Papua! 6 October 2009
    We're leaving Bali this afternoon on our way towards Papua and Carstensz Pyramid. We haven't been suffering too much so far on this expedition, a beautiful hotel on the beach in Bali doesn't really compare to sitting in a tent in a storm on a snowy mountain, but we have been delayed a couple of days. Today we are starting the move to Papua whi […]
    Bill Allen
  • The Team arrived in Bali! 6 October 2009
    We're all here on the beautiful, busy little island of Bali. We finally got the whole team together last night for a really nice welcome dinner. I'll post some pics a bit later when I get them off the camera. It was a lot of flying for everyone from their homes to meet in Indonesia for the trip and takes a day or two to recover. We have been enjoyi […]
    Bill Allen
  • Carstensz on Google Maps 1 October 2009
    [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=-3.877956,136.50238&spn=1.556439,2.90863&t=p&z=9&output=embed&w=425&h=350]
  • Off To Indonesia! 1 October 2009
    Welcome to the expedition dispatch blog for Mountain Trip's October, 2009 Carstensz Pyramid climb.Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak on the continent of Oceania and due to the complexities of accessing this 16,023 foot (4,884 m) limestone mountain, it is the most elusive of the famed Seven Summits. Political and economic pressure closed all access to […]

Man Conquers 7 Peaks (Oct. 2009)

8th October 2009, 3:13pm

COCHRANE – Medicine may be his calling, but a local doctor has reached a lifelong goal of climbing the highest mountain on every continent in the world.
Earlier this month Dr. Bill Hanlon, a Cochrane-based family doctor, completed his seven-summit project after 20 years.
Hanlon and three friends reached the 4,884-m summit of the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia on Oct. 16.
It snowed the entire climb, causing poor visibility and freezing up his rope grips. Hanlon rested at the summit for only 20 minutes before climbing back down.
“It was just really nice to get there,” said Hanlon, 55. “A lot of time accidents happen more often on the way down from a mountain, so one couldn’t relax too much.”
This was Hanlon’s second attempt climbing the mountain. Last year he got caught in a mudslide and broke four ribs before turning around.
“I think I learned more from the disappointment of not achieving goals because it does make one more humble,” said Hanlon.
As Hanlon did more international mountaineering he saw the medical needs of the people he met living in remote villages. These people inspired him to start Basic Health International Foundation, a not-for-profit group providing medical

care to those in the isolated mountain communities of Tibet, Mongolia, India, Ethiopia, Peru and Indonesia.

Article: Medicine in High Places: Living A Dream, A 20 year medical and personal journey.

Medicine in High Places: Living A Dream, A 20 year medical and personal journey.

University College Cork,
Medical Alumni Newsletter,
March/April 2009

Medicine in High Places: Living A Dream, A 20 year medical and personal journey.

Article: Medicine in High Places, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Vol 23, No.3, 2008, p.6-7

Medicine in High Places, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Vol 23, No.3, 2008, p.6-7

Medicine in High Places, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette

Everest 2007, Living a Dream June 2008 Presentation

Everest 2007, Living a Dream,
June 14 2008,
Waterton Lakes National Park,
Proceeds to: Basic Health International Foundation

Presentation Slide Show

Article: Rockies Member Hanlon Summits Everest, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Vol 23, No.1, 2008, p.4

Rockies Member Hanlon Summits Everest, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Vol 23, No.1, 2008, p.4

Alpine Club of Canada Gazette

Everest 2007, Living a Dream Oct 2007 Presentation

Everest 2007, Living a Dream,
Oct. 1 2007,
Enniscorthy, County Wexford,
Proceeds to: St. John’s Community Hospital, Enniscorthy

Presentation Slide Show

Everest 2007, Living a Dream Sept 2007 Presentation

Everest 2007, Living a Dream,
Sept. 21 2007,
Cochrane Ranche,
Proceeds to: Basic Health International Foundation

Presentation Slide Show

Article: On Top of The World – Dr. Bill Hanlon, Vital Signs, July 2007

On Top of The World – Dr. Bill Hanlon, Vital Signs, July 2007, p. 8-10

Vital Signs Everest Article

Anniversary of Everest ascent meaningful

by Larry Giles

The 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing of Mt. Everest this Thursday is a big reason to celebrate for at least one Cochrane doctor.
Dr. Bill Hanlon travelled to the Kathmandu region of Nepal in April, working at a clinic in the capital city most widely known as the entry point for climbers planning an Everest ascent.
As an expedition to the summit can take more than two months factoring in time to acclimatize and the 10-day trek just to reach the base camp, Hanlon was there when many of the climbers planning to summit on the 50th anniversary were starting out.
But for the Cochrane physician, the first ascent on May 29, 1953 was a significant event, not just for the climb but also for the legacy Hillary and his sherpa TenZing Norgay have left.
Hillary is known in the region for his humanitarian efforts and has built medical facilities and schools in the country. Nepal has been isolated from the world for so long and is now struggling to catch up, says Hanlon who was intrigued by the two extremes of Nepal, which is actually one of the poorest countries in the world.
“It is a country where you can get an MRI scan in Kathmandu within 30 minutes if you can afford the $200 and yet have difficulty getting an aspirin in many of the rural communities outside of Kathmandu.”
The elevation, isolation and rapid change in Nepal makes it an interesting study for Hanlon, who enjoys learning about other cultures both socially and medically.
He was there during the initial outbreak of SARS, which caused great concern for the medical community in Kathmandu.
One of the primary access points to Nepal is via Hong Kong, which is where the virus has been a major problem.
The availability of masks and other preventative measures was of concern, but so were the ramifications of an actual case or worse yet, a larger outbreak.
“There are only two or three ventilators in the entire country…the infrastructure to support a patient (including a quarantine facility) is not really there.”
Hanlon’s recent trip to Nepal was not his first. He had trekked the area in the 1980s and at that time had made it to the base camp for Everest expeditions.
He finds the medical challenges in developing countries of interest and enjoys the similarities between the mountain communities west of Calgary and others around the world.
There are many medical ties between Calgary and Kathmandu including a few international development projects between the University of Calgary and Nepal’s Tribhuvan University. In fact the present head physician at the Nepal International Clinic completed some of his training at the U of C.
Many of the ailments at the clinic Hanlon was working at related to altitude sickness. The Cochrane townsite sits at an altitude of 3,500 feet and the top of the Big Hill at about 4,000 feet with some of the highest peaks in the Rockies reaching close to 12,000 feet.
In Nepal, many of the passes reached by trekkers are more than 14,00 feet above sea level with some of them as high as 16,000 feet, all of which is still below where any of the true mountain climbing actually begins.
“There is some challenging medicine coming off the mountain. Certainly altitude sickness takes its toll every year…people die on that mountain and they die just trekking there too.”
One of the issues that has been discussed in the area is setting up a clinic for the porters, which are the locals who carry the majority of supplies to Everest base camp and beyond. It is the porters who do the grunt work in a harsh environment for relatively little pay and one did die while Hanlon was in the area.
All the money generated in the region by tourism brings both positives and negatives, Hanlon says. The country is not heavily populated but the mountainous terrain means little land is available for agricultural purposes. As the tourism money is generated only in the Kathmandu valley and the popular trekking routes, it is difficult for an average family to advance beyond the basics of everyday necessities.
And yet people have a strong interest in education and will walk long distances to make sure their children get to school so that they may have a chance at a better life.
The people of Nepal are also extremely tolerant.
“It is a country where Buddhists, Hindus and Christians live together. Nepalis have accepted and live in harmony with Tibetan and Bhutanese refugees,” he says. Tradition-ally their culture has been deeply rooted in spirituality and less on the material.”
Before returning to Cochrane, Hanlon attended the International Society of Travel Medicine meeting in New York, but it was what he saw while in New York that struck him. The contrast between limousine travel in Manhattan to people sleeping in doorways in the lower East Village was huge for him.
“What is the true meaning of success in life and how do we define it,” he asks. “Is it getting to the top of the corporate ladder or the top of a mountain?
“In our efforts to climb our respective peaks in life we sometimes lose track of the price we have to pay to reach our goal…Just as the people of Nepal look to us for direction and change, we can also learn from them in the area of compassion, tolerance and generosity towards strangers as well as friends.”