Mt. Everest: Hahn and team finish their trek

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman | April 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest

Billy Nugent led the way out of Namche, down the big hill and into the valley of a thousand farms and small villages.  We made it in six hours to a comfy tea house next to the airstrip in Lukla.  The rain caught us for the last hour or so, but didn’t actually bother anybody enough to make them put a raincoat on.  We ate the afternoon away in our new low-altitude home.  Mark Tucker made a surprise appearance for dinner, having finished up his duties at Basecamp today and figured out a way to heli-hike in minutes what had filled up three days for the rest of us.  We are now poised for an early wake-up and some airport hustle that may or may not get us to Kathmandu by fixed-wing aircraft.  All depends on the weather.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Nicole LoBiondo: I hope you have safe travels back home and I am so happy to hear that you and your team are safe! I’ll see you soon! Much love, Sammy

Posted by: Sam Borneman on 4/28/2014 at 7:25 pm

I hope you all have safe travels back home! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure at Copper Canyon with a margarita! And of course the salad with the bacon, fish tacitos and the steak!!!! Love ya Nicole!

Posted by: Lisa Taddeo on 4/28/2014 at 6:13 pm

Dave - Have you got a return flight back.  I see on their website John All & the remainder of the American Climber Scientist Program are trying to stick it out in hopes of collecting enough data from the mountain to make the trip beneficial and payoff.  Their reports sound very intense up at EBC.  They must be pretty short-handed loosing the help of the Sherpas.  (Hummm…..)

Posted by: Mary C on 4/28/2014 at 4:47 pm

I don’t know the mountains and will not have the pretention to make any comment about this expedition but I believe that Sherpas’s family, friends, guides, climbers… and whoever was there during this tragedy, need a Huge Encouragement right now, whatever the logistic and the future of this Ice Fall climb will be… but just by “watching” the RMI team going down the hill with such a dignity, make me believe in humanity again. Thank you. Cheers up team !

Posted by: Chrystel on 4/28/2014 at 1:43 pm

James—
Looking forward to seeing you soon!  Safe travels back home.  Thank you to your team for making appropriate decisions and working together during this trip.  Can’t wait to hear your stories and see you in person!
Susan, Peter, Jackson and Audrey

Posted by: Susan, Peter, Jackson and Audrey on 4/28/2014 at 6:21 am

Spencer,

Have a safe flight home brother. See you soon.

Posted by: Danny on 4/28/2014 at 5:56 am

To Dave Hahn and team…..luck at times prevails. Bad luck on this Attempt could have been an absolute disaster for all involved on your team. Cool heads prevailed and great decisions made to not move forward. Any team member laying out that kind of money knows the risk/ reward of Everest. Great work Dave and RMI.
Doug Hihn

Posted by: Doug Hihn on 4/28/2014 at 3:18 am

Hai there have an question for ya,if the climb dosent go on is there any refund or open spot the next year later it is alot of money anyway hope ya all is good in this terrible times on Everest bye Jerry.

Posted by: Jerry Nilsson on 4/28/2014 at 2:24 am

what a waste of money , 60k for what?

Posted by: adrian on 4/27/2014 at 10:28 pm

So glad to hear Mark is back safely the team.  Hoping the weather is favorable for your return flight back to Kathmandu!

Posted by: Tammy Doppenberg on 4/27/2014 at 7:51 pm

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