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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.

Post #159: Cho La Pass: The Greatest Challenge and Good Fortune. April 14

Post #159: Cho La Pass: The Greatest Challenge and Good Fortune. April 14.
 
The weather window blessed us today as I was fortunate to climb up and over a very snowy Cho La Pass at 5400m – 17,800’.  I was Welcomed into a group of Great people for the climb of the pass.  Melissa Arnot, along with her trekkers and two of her fellow climbers Ben and John were very generous to let me “tag along” for a challenging day over Cho La Pass.  Their only condition for me coming along was that I would have to help break trail.

Post #158: Gokyo to Thaknak (Dragnag) April 13. Emerging from the Blizzard.

Post #158: Gokyo to Thaknak (Dragnag) April 13.  Emerging from the Blizzard.


Out of the Blizzard I woke from my slumber in Gokyo and up to 8” of snow dumped on us at 4800m. I was thinking about taking a rest day, and had no intention of leaving Gokyo, but after lunch I had a change of heart.  Knowing I Have to be in Pangboche by the evening of the 14 Dingboche or Luboche by the Eve of the 15 I figured I would at least head down in Elevation and cut into the distance I needed to Travel.

Post #157: Renjo La Pass, Gokyo and the search for the Snow Leopard

Post #157: Renjo La Pass, Gokyo and the search for the Snow Leopard. April 12.

Resting in Gokyo. This place is awesome. It sits along the banks of a giant glacial lake called Dudh Pokhari at 4800m/15,750'.  A lake is on one side of the Gokyo Resort Tea House and a huge glacier is on the other.

The journey to get here has spanned the past two days. On April 11th I hiked up a relatively desolate and barren valley with Towering peaks all around me to arrive at 4400m Lungdung. I actually had no wifi for 48 hours and still have no cell coverage, which I loved.

Post #156: Thame Village, Into the Great Unknown 13,000’

Post  #156: Thame Village,  Into the Great Unknown 13,000’ April 10, 2015.
 
Thame is a really relaxing place to visit. Nestled into the side of the valley on a terrace near the confluence of the Thame Khola and Bhote Kosi Rivers, the town has a welcoming feel.  It is off the beaten path from the regular trekking route to Everest Basecamp, and yet It only took me 2.5 hours to hike up from Namche this morning.
 
It was a warm spring morning here in the Khumbu and the path featured passing through some very small settlements: Samsing, Thamu, and Thomde as well as Samde, just to name a few.

Post #155: A Day Enjoying Namche, and an Everest View, Not Bazar at All

Post #155: A Day Enjoying Namche, and an Everest View, Not Bazar at All -- April 9, 2015.
 
This morning was good practice for the imminent expedition. I was up at 4 and out the door around 430 in very early alpenglow.  I’ll be doing dark starts often once I am further up the Khumbu and on the expedition rotations, especially when I am going through the Khumbu Icefall.  The peaks surrounding Namche were lit brilliantly by the very start of the new day.  I strolled through the street to nothing but silence and a few stray dogs asleep on the sidewalk.

Post #153: Arrived in Namche Bazar 3500m/11,500’ April 8 2015

Post #153: Arrived in Namche Bazar 3500m/11,500’ April 8 2015.
 
Namche is one of my all time favorite places to visit.  An exquisite mountain village and the Capitol of the Khumbu Region.  Everest Bakery boasts some of the best Apple Pie Ever! Today I checked into the Namche Hotel for a couple days to rest, relax, and enjoy the town.   At only $20 bucks a night that's a bargain for a nice comfy room, back porch with views of the village and giant mountains, and a HOT SHOWER!
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Post #163: Everest Basecamp, Lost Skis & Future Plans
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