Base Camp Training

The morning was clear and calm this morning. I got up early to make a phone call and then spent the an hour wondering through BC. The sky starts getting light about 5:30 but the sun did not hit our spot in Camp until 7:38 this morning. That is the most important number in my […]

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Base Camp

Arrived at Base Camp yesterday. It was only a four hike but it is up and down, up and down with the tents never seeming to get any closer. Last night was as I expected: temps in the teens, low saturation (sat) rates, racing pulse and general lethargy. Sat rate is the percentage of O2 […]

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Lobuche Reat Day

Rest day in Lobuche. I ran into our Base Camp Sirdar – that is kind of like the Director of Operations at Base Camp. He coordinates all the infrastructure, loads and a thousand other details that are necessary for a big climb. He told me some stuff still has not gotten to BC yet so […]

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Lobuche

Had a good walk up from Pheriche today. We are now at about 16,000 feet. That is higher than anywhere in the lower 48. We stopped for a little while at a place where it has become tradition to build cairns – large rock monuments – to dead climbers and even some dead trekkers. I […]

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Pheriche

It has been a pretty normal day in the Khumbu; beautiful and clear in the morning, cloudy and snowy in the afternoon. This is one of the reasons a summit bid on Everest starts about 8:00 at night. The hope is to be on the summit at daybreak and down to relative safety of high […]

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Pheriche

Today dawned bright and clear with the first decent view of Everest. Within view was Ama Dablam, probably the most beautiful mountain in the world; Nuptse, part of the Everest massif: Lhotse the third highest; and a score of lesser peaks. It is hard for me not to think about the awesome handiwork of God […]

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Tengbouche

We started out for Tengbouche this morning in a light rain. I was concerned it was going to be one of those days but after ten minutes the clouds lifted and the rain stopped. Less than a mile out of Namche you round a corner and you can see all the way to our next […]

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Namche Bazaar

The last two days have been pretty good. We got two days ago in Monjo and headed up to Namchi Bazaar. It is probably the biggest town in the Khumbu and the shopping destination for the Sherpa who inhabit this region. Saturday is market day and people will walk sometimes two days to get here […]

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Wet in Monjo

Hiked about five hours today. After all the chaos of the last few months, the going into the office as early as 3:30A M, the late night work outs and the normal day to day stuff it was good to just walk. The first couple of hours are generally downhill rocky paths that work your […]

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Yeti Air

(This post as well as the last one are late due to no communications. I am committed to try and share as often as possible but we do not always have comms, power or left over “want to”. I hope you will understand. Thanks) I love to fly. I have a couple of planes including […]

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