Mt. Everest: Sherpas Bring Last Loads through the Icefall, Safe at Basecamp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall, Mark Tucker | May 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Our Sherpa climbing team went up through the Khumbu Icefall a final time early this morning.  The rest of us sat out in the warm sunshine and continued the packing process as we watched the glacier and listened to our radios.  It was great to relax, and to be safe, but of course that relaxation wasn’t complete until Lam Babu brought the entire team down from Camp One with the final loads.  Then the day passed slowly and easily, listening to avalanches and rocks falling off the surrounding peaks.  Helicopters buzzed the camp incessantly, either capturing the last film footage of “Basecamp 2013” or looking for riders with VISA cards.  Summer is coming to the Himalaya and the forecasts tell us the monsoon is only a few days off.  There are still climbing teams on the mountain, but the vast majority have finished and gone home.  Tents and puja flags were coming down in every direction today and strings of yaks and porters were taking everything down-valley.  Trekkers quit coming around about a week ago as weather down low shifted to cloudy mode.  We’ll leave base tomorrow and the remaining team will collapse the camp in our wake.  It seems hard to believe that we’ve lived in this place for seven weeks now… That will have to be enough for this year.  We’ll just hope to hang on to the spectacular imagery and the sense of camaraderie we’ve built up through the experience.  Thank you for following the expedition.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

B3 Helicopter Leaving Everest BC Helipad. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Way to go Seth.  I’m proud for you and the entire team - Jon.

Posted by: Jon Keith on 6/17/2013 at 6:05 pm

AWESOME AND WONDERFUL JOB…YOU ALL DO AMAZING WORK…I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING AND SOMEDAY BEING ON THE TEAM…THANKS FOR BEING EPIC DAVE…SUPERMAN ON THE MOUNTAIN…GODS BEST AND ENJOY ...AIRYSWE

Posted by: fred eddy on 6/6/2013 at 2:58 pm

thanks for sharing! you should write a book.

Posted by: michelle on 5/26/2013 at 1:01 pm

Glad to hear your team made a successful summit and a safe return.
It became very addictive reading the posts in regards to the trials of ascending Everest.
Well done, and congratulations!

Earl
P.E.I. Canada

Posted by: Earl O'Brien on 5/26/2013 at 3:22 am

Very good to hear that Kaji, Tshering, Gyaljen, and Lam Babu are down safe now, along with the rest of you. It sounds like it was not a moment too soon! Way to get down off the mountain pronto.  Were there any crocodiles up there, Seth?

Posted by: Mark Kness on 5/25/2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks to you Mr. Hahn and RMI team.  As a hiker, novice alpine climber and reader/lover of mountaineering stories/books, following you live was a real pleasure and made me feel a little like if I was there.  WIth all my respects.  √Čric F./Quebec, Canada.

Posted by: Eric Fournier on 5/25/2013 at 12:45 pm

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