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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team Rest and Enjoy the Views

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, J.J. Justman | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,200'

As planned, today was our hiking and acclimatizing day at Namche.  Since we are now well and truly “at altitude” it pays to go slowly.  We’ll actually spend three nights here at 11,200 feet before ratcheting up the sleeping altitude again.  Light exercise on such days can enhance acclimatization, and so we went for a fine hike.  First, we climbed straight up and out of Namche to reach Syangboche, at close to 12,000 ft, then we moved East to gain ridiculously good views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest.  Combined with the already insane vistas to our South and West of Thamserku and Quangde, respectively, it was nearly overwhelming… too much to fully take in.  So we walked to the Everest View Hotel, sat on an open terrace and sipped hot lemon juice while pondering the view.  It looked quite windy and nasty up high on Lhotse and Everest (Nobody tries to summit in March for good reason) but where we sat it was sunny and calm.  We then walked over for lunch in the village of Khumjung and finally up to Khunde before crossing the forested ridge line once again for Namche.

It was a great stretch of the legs and lungs on uncrowded and garden-like trails.  The afternoon back down in Namche then seemed just perfectly made for napping.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Team Hikes above Namache. Photo Dave Hahn Team Enjoys Views of the Himalaya Range. Photo Dave Hahn Rest break with a view! Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn & Team arrive in Namache Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, J.J. Justman | March 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Yesterday’s clouds drifted away in the night.  We woke to crystal clear skies over Phakding and unimpeded views of giant snow-covered mountains.  After a fine breakfast, the gang was on the trail just after 8:30 AM.  Although I’d warned over and over that the trail would be busy with trekkers, porters and pack animals, we had it pretty much to ourselves.  The trail wound up and down along the constant whitewater of the Dudh Khosi.  We strolled through pine forests and picturesque farmland at the bottom of a deep gorge.  We entered Sagarmatha National Park and stopped for lunch in the small village of Jorsalle, sitting outside in the sunshine.  Then it was all business, up through the big trees and the big hills leading to Namche Bazaar.  A new suspension bridge had been built at the foot of the big hill, taking us hundreds of feet in the air across the gorge.  The team went at the final hill with gusto, taking a break partway up to enjoy the first distant glimpses of Mount Everest.

We rolled into Namche and our home for the next three nights at about 2:30 PM, leaving plenty of time for naps, shopping and internet.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Everest 2014 team arrives in Namache Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent Dave Hahn by the Prayer Wheels in Namache Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mount Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Safely Land in Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 8,700'

Yesterday was a whirlwind marathon of packing and prepping in the chaos of Kathmandu.  This morning was the staccato hurry up and wait of getting up and out to the airport and hanging to see if the weather would permit flying.  Flying conditions weren’t perfect when we got through security at the domestic terminal in Kathmandu.  We ended up waiting several hours -swilling coffee, listening to music and people watching- until the pilots felt good about taking off for Lukla.  Once up and out of the smog layers of the Kathmandu Valley, we were treated to stupendous views of the Himalaya.  Those with port-side window seats could pick out Mt. Everest as the flight progressed.  But we were only up about 45 minutes before the pilots put the Twin Otter into a dive.  They had Lukla’s crazy-angled airstrip in their sites and it was clear from the steep mountain walls all around that this was our one shot at parking the plane.  Heart rates shot up, cameras were clicked on and the wheels touched down perfectly.

A few minutes later, we were out of the plane and sitting in a quiet Tea House in the lower Khumbu Valley.  We ate a leisurely lunch and got walking up valley.  It only took a bit more than three hours to reach Phakding And Joe’s Garden… Our lodge for the night.  By that point, things had clouded over, but our luck held and the rain didn’t fall.

The team ate dinner and bedded down to the soothing sounds of the nearby river churning through endless rapids.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The 2014 RMI Everest Expedition group photo as they leave Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn The world-renowned Lukla Airstrip. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mount Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Getting Going

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 4,383'

The 2014 RMI Expeditions Mount Everest climb has begun.  Slowly.  The seven climbers and three RMI guides made their separate ways around the globe- from Canada, from Poland, and from all corners of the United States, to convene in Kathmandu and get the party started.  All made it on schedule and with their luggage… a small miracle.  The team fought off jet lag long enough to accomplish a few important preliminary tasks.  With the help of Sagar -our Nepal agent, and Lam Babu, our Sirdar, we gathered at the Nepal Ministry of Tourism to receive our climbing permit and a short orientation slideshow from the ministers.  They emphasized how important it was to bring trash off the mountain and to treat others with respect.  They wished us luck and shook our hands.

Back at our comfy hotel, the venerable Yak and Yeti, we sat down together for a “welcome dinner” and discussed briefly our plan for getting down to business tomorrow morning when folks have rested and recovered sufficiently.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection RMI Guide JJ Justman and the Everest team meeting for dinner. Photo: Billy Nugent The busy streets of Kathmandu. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Dave, JJ, James and team:

Thank you for the post.  Exciting stuff.  So glad to hear you are off to a good start.  Really looking forward to tracking your adventure! … read more

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 3/24/2014 at 1:59 pm


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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Mt. Everest: Team Returns to Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mark Tucker, Seth Waterfall | May 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Dave and I are safely back at Everest Basecamp.  The Sherpa team has one more load to carry down from Camp 1 in the morning and then the expedition will officially be done with the Everest climb.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

[Audio posted from Dave Hahn after returning to Basecamp]

May 23, 2013 Summit Day!  Kaji, Tschering and Dave on top of Mt. Everest.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Kaji, Seth, and Tschering on the summit. Photo: Dave Hahn One last trip through the Khumbu Icefall for the 2013 season.


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Mt. Everest: Dave Checks at Camp 2 after Summit Bid

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mark Tucker, Seth Waterfall | May 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 21,300'

Update 7:21 p.m. PST:
Mark Tucker sent a message that the team is descending from Camp 1 to Basecamp.  All is well!

Voicemail update 7:20 a.m. PST:
Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from Advanced Base Camp once again.  We finished our whirlwind tour of the upper mountain. You remember we went from here, 21,300, to nearly 26,000 feet the South Col and went to the summit this morning.  And then all the way back down here to Advanced Base Camp. So a long day of climbing and an exciting day of climbing for myself, Seth, Kaji and Tshering.  With Gyaljen playing lifeguard back at the South Col looking out for us and having some hot drinks ready when we got back there - which was pretty nice. And we loaded everything up, up there at the Col and came down with the pretty heavy packs down the Lhotse Face. It feels very good to be a little bit lower on the mountain but what a big day!  Certainly intended to give a voice dispatch from the summit, had the sat phone up there but there was a little bit of a cold wind blowing from the north, made it hard to do things like work with your fingers with your gloves off and make phone calls and things like that. But we were able to talk to Mark Tucker down a base camp on the radio and Dan as well who was standing down there with Lam Babu and our whole Base Camp staff.  So, that was nice to be able to connect with those guys, while we were up there. (broken transmission).

Conditions weren’t all that bad, ended up a pretty good weather summit day but a little cold. Wind kind of goes with what we consider a good day. Anyway this was a good day. And now it’s clearly the season is changed. And it’s time to get off the mountain, it’s heating up. The anchors we’re melting out on our way down the Lhotse Face and we had to be pretty careful of that. So we’re taking that as a sign that it is time to be heading down.  Alright, bye for now. Thank you.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI Team spends one more night at Advanced Base Camp on their descent.  Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from ABC after their summit climb.

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Mt. Everest: Team Returns to Camp 2

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mark Tucker, Seth Waterfall | May 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 21,000'

Update: 4:04 am PT

RMI Guide Mark Tucker reports from Everest Base Camp that the climbing team has safely returned to Camp 2 (ABC).  They will spend the night resting, eating and recovering from the summit climb.  Tomorrow, Mark is looking forward to welcoming the team back to Base Camp.

Tents at Advanced Base Camp on Mt. Everest.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest Expedition: Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Mark Tucker, Seth Waterfall | May 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 29,035

Update:10:51 pm PT
The team has safely reached the South Col.  Everyone is doing well. They are going to take a quick break before continuing down to Camp 2 (Advanced Base Camp).
Mark Tucker


Update: 6:46 pm PT
Mark Tucker reports from Everest Base Camp that RMI Guides Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall and their Sherpa team, Tshering and Kaji have reached the summit of Mt. Everest!  This marks Dave’s 15th summit of Mt. Everest and the third time for Seth to have reached the summit.  Tshering and Kaji have both made their sixth successful summit of Mt.Everest.

The team reported a beautiful day with a cold wind.  They will spend about 30 minutes on top before starting their descent.

Congratulations to all!

RMI Guide Dave Hahn makes a radio call from the summit of Mt. Everest. Photo: RMI Collection View over the Himalayas from the summit of Mt. Everest.  Photo: Jake Norton/ FA

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Mt. Everest: The Team Has Reached the South Summit

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall, Mark Tucker | May 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 28,700'

Update 5:23 pm PST:
I received a radio call from the team.  They are now on top of the South Summit!  Weather continues to be okay for them; a few clouds down here at Basecamp.  Sun may have an impact soon in a very positive way.

RMI Guide and Everest Basecamp Manager Mark Tucker

 

View of South Summit. Photo: RMI Collection

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