Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Greeted by Specatular Views on Pheriche Rest Day

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,950'

A great day at 14,000 ft and above.  In the pattern we’ve come to expect, it was all blue sky and sunshine to start the day and then cloudy and even a bit snowy to end the day.  But we made excellent use of the sunny and calm morning to go for a hike about 1,200 ft up on the hills behind Pheriche.  Right off the bat, we enjoyed views of the sixth, fifth and fourth highest mountains in the world.  Everest is now hidden from our view by Nuptse, and that will continue until we are above our final tea house in Lobuche, but Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse were trying their utmost to make us forget our central goal of the trip.  They had to fight it out with closer giants like Ama Dablam, Towoche, and Cholatse.  Giant eagle/vultures cruised overhead as we climbed, hoping we’d leave one or two climbers behind, but everybody kept up just fine and the birds went hungry.  We took a bunch of hero shots at our high point and beat feet back down to our luxurious digs in Pheriche.  In the afternoon, the team strolled next door to receive an excellent lecture on altitude illness given by one of the docs of the Himalayan Rescue Association.  The dining room was not nearly as busy as it had been yesterday and the team enjoyed slightly better internet connectivity through the late afternoon and evening.  And that is good, since we don’t expect much web surfing in Lobuche for the next couple of nights.  We’ll try to get our progress out if possible, but of course -no news from us is good news.

Mark Tucker, our soon-to-be basecamp manager, brought his basecamp trekking team back down to Pheriche as planned today.  Nice to see him and his gang.  We’ll say goodbye to him in the morning as he continues guiding his folks back down to Lukla before sprinting back up to be with us.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Spectacular vistas seen by the 2014 Everest team hiking above Pheriche. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team resting at their acclimating high point (15,200')  for the day. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Nicole and team,

You guys are an inspiration.  Stay safe! GoGEEdi!

Words of encouragement:  YEAH BITCH!! - Jesse Pinkman

Posted by: Paulie on 4/14/2014 at 4:53 am

James:
Your trusty admin team has all the lab billing up to date.  Stay safe.  Darla

Posted by: Darla Sorah on 4/4/2014 at 10:08 am

Kara!!! I hope you’re taking a lot of pictures out there. Medoc isn’t open yet! Those crazy French…I bet they’re too drunk to even get us signed up for the race. I hope you guys are staying warm out there…its snowing here and I can’t wait to go to Breck and Vail for a week! Wish you were here to go with us…next year. Miss you tons and in case you were wondering…“raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies in disguise are the main reason I have trust issues!” ;-) xoxox

Posted by: Farah on 4/3/2014 at 2:47 pm

Fatima, you must be enjoying that fantastic mountain scenery. Hope the acclimatisation to the altitude and the nepalese cooking is working out! Keep posting these great photos. missing you, Peter

Posted by: Peter on 4/3/2014 at 11:37 am

Nicole-

We look so forward to your updates.You are an inspiration. Good luck as you go higher. The photos are amaazing.

The Kiernan Family

Posted by: Rick Kiernan on 4/3/2014 at 9:29 am

Nicole - Gorgeous views! So jealous :)

Posted by: Jennifer OHara on 4/3/2014 at 6:32 am

Nicol Lobo: Beautiful views. Hope you are having a wonderful trip!!!

Posted by: Nicole Howard on 4/3/2014 at 5:44 am

Hi Nicole and team,
keep up the good work! the pictures look absolutely breathtaking. Cant wait to see more when you get back. Miss you lots…

Posted by: The Taddeo Clan on 4/2/2014 at 4:43 pm

Hao:  Dave’s blog reminds me that though this is Everest expedition, it is not just about Everest MIT is also about all these great mountains in the Himalayas. What an amazing view it must have been. Great to hear everyone is doing well! Everyone is doing well at home. - FX

Posted by: FX on 4/2/2014 at 4:41 pm

James and team,

Very nice to be well informed. You are facing challenge as you go up higher and deeper into the mountain. Stay together with faith and trust, enjoy the beauty of mountains….

Posted by: Soonja choo on 4/2/2014 at 1:31 pm

Hey gang ... you are moving and blogging so fast ... it is hard to keep up and research all the exciting “towns and villages”, (western verbage and spin), you are experiencing!!  Thank goodness for the internet and Wikipedia.  This expedition of yours is getting more exciting by the day!!! Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 4/2/2014 at 12:12 pm

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