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Follow Eddie Bauer Alpine guides Carla Perez and Esteban “Topo” Mena in Nepal on their quest to climb Dhaulagiri, the 7th tallest mountain in the world, without the assistance of fixed ropes or sherpa support. And did we mention that they’re doing it all without supplemental oxygen?

Watch our Expedition: Dhaulagiri video series,  dispatched from the field, to get an insider’s look at the emotional and physical ups and downs of climbing such a huge mountain and follow along on their adventures.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 1 Kathmandu

Eddie Bauer alpine climbing guides Carla Perez and Esteban Topo Mena are in Kathmandu organizing their gear and getting ready to head to base camp. But…there are complications.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 2 Expedition Mode

On the ground in Nepal, Carla and Topo journey to the base of Dhaulagiri and prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for the expedition ahead.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 3 Basecamp

Not your average camping trip. Carla and Topo give us a peek of what life is like at 4200 meters—from sleeping and eating to showering and using the bathroom—as they continue their quest to summit Dhaulagiri via a new route.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 4 Best-Laid Plans

After their teammate decides to leave the expedition, Carla and Topo put their heads together to rethink their climbing strategy. As they move forward with their new plan…they make new friends along the way.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 5 A Difficult Position

Battling through sickness and tough conditions, Cara and Topo find themselves in a difficult position on the mountain. The good news? They’ve got each other.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – vol. 6 The Summit Attempt

All the weeks of preparation come down to this moment! Eddie Bauer guides Tope Mena and Carla Perez begin their alpine-style summit bid (meaning they will climb without the assistance of fixed ropes, and carry all their own gear). Follow them up the mountain on this amazing journey.

Meet The Guides
Esteban "Topo" Mena
Alpine Climbing Guide (IFMGA/ASEGUIM)
Esteban, “Topo” Mena has spent most of his life in the mountains. He started the process to become a certified guide at the age of 18, receiving certifications from ASEGUIM (Ecaudorian Mountain Guides Association) in 2013 and IFMGA in 2016. Along the way, he’s proven to be a force...
Carla Perez
Alpine Climbing Guide (ASEGUIM)
After she started climbing as a teenager in her home country of Ecuador, Carla’s love of the mountains took her to the French Alps, and eventually, around the world. Now a certified member of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides, she also works with Eddie Bauer teammate Adrian Ballinger’s Alpenglow Expeditions...