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Post #169: Kathmandu; The Long Trip Home, Trying to Comprehend it All, May 9, 2015.

Post #169: Kathmandu;  The Long Trip Home, Trying to Comprehend it All, May 9, 2015.
 
With any luck I will get this posted when I am back on U.S. Soil.  Suddenly I am sitting on a very long 15 hour flight from Doha to Dallas.
 
Well, eventually I made my way to Lukla, and in clear skies jumped on a flight to Kathmandu, ending my adventure in the Everest Region.  I felt fulfilled with the activities I was given in the days after the Earthquake, but knew it was my time to leave.

Post #168: Collecting USGS Earthquake Data in the Khumbu, May 2015


 Post #168- Collecting USGS Earthquake Data in the Khumbu, May 5 2015.
 
Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone!  Of course over on this side of the planet, the holiday here kind of goes un-noticed.  But, nevertheless what does go noticed is the incredible resilience of the Nepali People.  Everywhere I have journeyed to in this great Khumbu Valley, folks are now going about their business, whether its rebuilding a wall, gathering supplies and blankets and tents for friends, or helping to start building a new home.

Post #167- STAYING HERE IN NEPAL FOR NOW, USGS, & Unleashing my Inner Indiana Jones,

Post #167- STAYING HERE IN NEPAL FOR NOW, USGS, & Unleashing my Inner Indiana Jones, May 3, 2015.
 
Yep-  I am still here in Nepal. I am choosing to stay here.  I’m not just a climber, an adventurer or Ski-Mountaineer.  I am a Geographer….a scientist, and I am in the right place at the right time. 
 
If you can, take a look at the recent article by National Geographic:

Post #166: Full Summary of Earthquake, Avalanche, Everest Season Over.

Post #166: Full Summary of Earthquake, Avalanche, Everest Season Over.
 
Wednesday April 28th, 2015.
 
Namche Bazar - Little DamageIt’s a beautiful day here in the Village of Namche Bazar. This village was rumored to be in dire straits, completely destroyed and devastated by the earthquake that happened on Saturday.  Strolling around the village here about a 7 hour walk from Everest basecamp you can actually hardly tell anything has happened.  There are a few stones displaced, a few walls cracked or damaged, but life moves on as usual here in Namche.

Everest Earthquake & Avalanche Aftermath & Photos

Post #165
Sunday April 26 2015. The AFTERMATH
 
A lot happened yesterday afternoon.  The areas of the middle of Basecamp that I mentioned that got dusted were actually COMPLETELY DESTROYED. 40-50% of basecamp is gone.  The bowl to the southwest of basecamp and to the west side of the Khumbu Glacier below the eastern faces of Pumori took an avalanche of seracs and ice chunks that fell from at least 3,500’ above.  I have before and after photos of the ridgeline.  They are startling.

Earthquake in Everest Basecamp - My Account of What Happened

Post #164: BREAKING NEWS UPDATE  EARTHQUAKE IN BASECAMP! 
Massive Avalanche and “Compressed Air” Devastation to Basecamp Caused.
 
Sat April 25, 1157am.
 
I was sitting in the dining tent right about 12 noon when the vibration of the glacier below me began.  It was very subtle at first.  And the sounds from outside made you think it was just another minor avalanche coming from one of the big walls in the amphitheater surrounding basecamp. 
 
Then the shaking didn't stop.

Post #163: Everest Basecamp, Lost Skis & Future Plans

Post #163: Calling Basecamp, Come in Basecamp! April 21, 2015.
 
Resting in a comfortable basecamp at 5400m/17,750’ is one of the luxuries of coming to climb Everest or Lhotse.  Following Luboche East I had a final trek to the basecamp for a few hours on Monday the 20, and then we finally arrived here.
 
You stroll through all the basecamps in anticipation of walking into yours and the comfort of seeing your living quarters for the next month or so.  This year’s camp is incredible!

Post #162: Life in Everest Basecamp, Terrible Internet, Teams Behind Schedule

Post #162: Life in Everest Basecamp, Terrible Internet, Teams Behind Schedule

I feel good and it's great to be back in Everest Basecamp 17,500ft!  We have a fantastic spot where our Team is camped -- it's the highest camp overlooking the rest. 


I was hoping to get many, many more photos and videos out so far.  But, it's impossible with current internet providers this season.  Most connections with EverestLink have failed.  Others are finding alternatives that are no better.

Post #161: Anniversary of the Tragedy, Climbing Luboche and Tribute to the Sherpas

Post #161: Anniversary of the Tragedy, Climbing Luboche and Tribute to the Sherpas

April 18, 2015, Saturday

Sitting in Luboche and in the last 24 hours the expedition has come together now.  It snowed another 3" here in Luboche 5,000meters but now the sun is out.  The rest of our Everest/Lhotse team arrived last night in Luboche with Arnold Coster, and instead of heading up to Everest Basecamp right now we will go climb Luboche East Peak 20,075ft with a high camp at 17,600ft/5300meters.

Post #160: Visiting the Everest Memorials, April 17th, 2015

Post #160: Visiting the Everest Memorials, April 17th, 2015.

Near Luboche, around 4800m/15,800' I took the time one snowy morning to visit the Everest Memorials which are located along the main trekking route to Everest BC near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. 

To see the memorials again reminded me just how serious an expedition to 8000m can be. Stopping to see the memorials this time was especially emotional because of what I saw and what I felt. I spent nearly an hour thinking about and really feeling the power of this place in my soul.
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