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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Reach Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | April 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 14,000'

The RMI Everest climbing team reached Pheriche today.  Our last evening and morning down in the trees of Deboche went well enough and everybody was feeling strong and in good spirits this morning.  We set out in bright sunshine with a big blue sky at 8:30 AM.  Yesterday, in traveling the same trail to reach Pangboche we ended up in a huge yak traffic jam where a steel truss bridge had recently collapsed into the river and a detour needed to be negotiated.  Today, the yaks were elsewhere and the trail was blissfully quiet.  We made pretty good time, cruising along above the North bank of the Imja Khosi while steadily gaining altitude.  The trees were pretty much played out a little above Pangboche at perhaps 13,500 ft and the character of the terrain changed.  We took several short breaks alongside the trail and arrived by noon at Pheriche at 14,000 ft.  Our tea house for the night (and tomorrow night as well) is quite popular, “modern” and spacious… a bit of a contrast from the more low key and traditional place we stayed in at Deboche.  There are at least 75 other people sharing the dining hall and lodge, some are climbers and guides that we know from other mountains, some are trekkers, many are climbing sherpas.  We were all happy to be sitting around a warm stove, indoors, as the clouds rolled in and it got nasty and cold in the late afternoon.  It is far too many people for the capacity of the WiFi system, but we are plenty happy to be connected again at any speed.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Top of Pheriche Pass. Photo: RMI Collection Rows of Mani Stones between Deboche and Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Teahouse in Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Check in from Base Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Hey Mark Tucker at Everest Base Camp, checking in.  Woke up to clear blue, not a cloud in the sky. Here in the early evening, we’ve got a little light snow- not unusual. The team is doing well. We had a very productive day: some showers, lots of writing, reading… I don’t know about arithmetic, lots of photos, and a venture into the Icefall. We are sharing our camp with Jeff Martin, the RMI Operations Manager. It’s a pleasure he is setting everything up for the team that’s coming in. Actually the bags that went straight from Kathmandu to Base Camp just arrived for the climbing team. I’m sure they are posting on the website. But their gear is all here and that is always a nice thing. A little bit chilly, as you can imagine. My hands are freezing on this phone but we are going to duck into the dining tent where we will have another three to five course meal and have a little heater in there. Play a little bit of cards and relax and we are already gearing up for tomorrow. Our descent will begin back back towards Lukla. So we are keeping that fresh in our mind. Everybody is doing well and thanks for following. We’ll talk later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI's Base Camp on Everest. Photo: Linden Mallory


RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from Everest Base Camp.

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Mt. Rainier: Intro to Ski Mountaineering is Underway

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Bryan Hendrick | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 6200'

Hello from 6200’!

We spent the day in Ashford yesterday organizing gear and getting our ski kits dialed in.

The road to Paradise was delayed in opening due to the 13” of new snow overnight!

We kept ourselves busy this morning tour planning and exercising our map and compass skills, while enjoying coffee and patiently waiting for the plows to finish their job.
The late arrival was worth it, and we made good time to our campsite here in the Upper slopes of the Paradise Valley.  After building a bomber camp we went out for a cocktail hour ski back down the valley a few hundred feet.

We are all cozy here in camp and looking forward to clear skies and more training tomorrow!

Cheers,

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall, Bryan Hendrick, and the team!

Route Planning. Photo: Bryan Hendrick Ski Camp. Photo: Bryan Hendrick Paradise Valley. Photo: Bryan Hendrick The Dining tent. Photo: Bryan Hendrick
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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team visit Lama Geyshe

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, J.J. Justman | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

This is Dave Hahn Calling in from the Mt. Everest Climb. We are spending our second night here Deboche tonight. We weren’t able to send out email from here, that’s why you haven’t heard from us, but all is well. Today was our rest day here.  What did was we hiked over to Tengboche and got our blessing from Lama Geshi, a blessing for attempting the mountain.  That was a great time; we went out lunch in Tengboche afterward and came back here in the afternoon. Everybody is going really well.

Tomorrow it is our intention is to move up to Pheriche. We hope we will have email communication then.

Take care for now, Bye.

RMI Guides Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent & Team

Lama Geyshe. RMI Photo Collection Lama Geyshe writes a prayer. RMI Photo Collection


Dave Hahn Checking in from Debouche

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Arrive in Base Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,500'

Hi,

It’s Mark Tucker here checking in with Rainier Mountaineering’s Everest Base Camp Trek,  17,500’ feet beautiful Mt. Everest. The Team did a bang’em up job and pulled in here in great shape. We are being treated well.  We’ve got fine tents, and lots of luxuries. We are going to spend two nights here.  Tomorrow will be a great day for investigating and poking around this historic site.  We are just so psyched, this team took on a big challenge to get here and we are very thrilled.

YEE HA! We will be checking in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Evening Light at RMI Base Camp. RMI Photo Collection


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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team back in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone. We have finally made it back to the land of wifi!

It was a wonderful two days at Base Camp and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We bid farewell to everyone there and headed back down the valley to Pheriche. It was an incredibly busy day on the trail with hundreds of porters and yaks heavily burdened with their loads. The weather was pretty nice most of the way which was a treat after yesterday being so windy. We are relaxing in the dinning room here with dozens of climbers where it’s actually hot because of the stove fueled by nothing more than dried yak dung.

Enjoying the thick warm air!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Trail to Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom Team at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom The Crew enjoying a meal in the dining tent. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Stroll Into Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

We moved up-valley to Deboche today.  Morning in Namche was pleasant but we had places to go and things to see.  We hit the trail by 8:30 and walked easily along the traverse trail leaving town.  At first we were mixed in with a few trekking groups and strings of pack animals, but after a little while we had the trail to ourselves.  We’d have loved to have been able to hang on to our hard-won altitude, but it was necessary to give plenty of it back as we needed to drop all the way down to the river to get across and take on the Thyangboche Hill.  We worked slow-and-steady up the hillside trail, gaining about fifteen hundred vertical feet in an hour and a half.  Along the way, we got great views of Kangtega with its giant walls of rock topped by hanging glaciers, but these views were surpassed when we reached the hilltop and saw Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam spread out before us and doing battle with the wind and clouds.  Thyangboche Monastery sat like a palace at the ridge crest behind elaborate and ornate gates.  We took our packs off for a few minutes and tried to take it all in, but we were only twenty minutes walk from Deboche at this point and lunch had taken on great importance to the team, so we shouldered packs once more and set off down through the rhododendron forests to our lodge at 12,200 ft above sea level.

The afternoon passed with food and naps and a break from the distractions of the internet, since WiFi was not readily available.  We are not quite in the wilderness yet, but we can see it from here.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Looking towards Everest on the trail from Namche. Photo: Linden Mallory Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Check in from Gorak Shep

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Mark Tucker checking in today from Gorak Shep, at about 17,000’ feet. We had a nice hike today with the wonderful weather holding on for us - feeling lucky! We pushed on after we had lunch and got the summit of Kala Patar just over 18,000’ feet, right around sunset. The big “E” popped it’s top out a couple of times, beautiful colors with an alpine glow, windy, and cold. I am standing outside right now and it is chilly up here!  I am looking at about 500 million stars, just a beautiful night aside from cold.

Everybody is tucked in and we are going to get up and rock-n-roll for Base Camp tomorrow. That’s the plan, hope it all holds true.

All the best to everybody and we will be keeping you posted!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Hiking to Kala Patar. RMI Photo Collection


Mark Tucker Checking in from Gorak Shep

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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK & ISLAND PEAK: GROM & TEAM CHECK IN FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello Everybody,

This is Casey Grom checking in from Everest Base Camp. Our team actually arrived yesterday after making the summit of Kala Patar. Unfortunately we were not able to get a satellite call to let everyone know that we had safely arrived here. Everyone here is doing fantastic!

We woke up this morning to pretty blustery weather, but our wonderful cook Kumar actually got our hot shower up and running here. So it is nice for everyone to get a nice hot shower and just relax. This afternoon we went for a short walk from out camp down the start of the glacier where the route through the Kumbu Ice Fall starts.  That was a nice treat for everybody to get to walk down there and try and get an idea of where the route will go in.
Everyone is doing great; we are currently sitting down for dinner. Our game plan is to head back down to Pheriche and we should have cell service Wi-Fi once we get back down there. We are looking forward to getting back down there and will hopefully send pictures then.

Good Night Everybody!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew


Casey Grom Checking in from Everest Base Camp

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team Rest Day in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, J.J. Justman | March 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,200'

This was our easy day in Namche.  No big hikes, no packing, no training… this one was for resting, for catching up on personal business and for exploring the Sherpa capital at one’s leisure.  Above this point in the trek/climb, we won’t have such ease of communication and certainly not the opportunity to shop for good climbing gear.  There was some important business to attend to though as Chhering Dorje, Lam Babu and I went to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee office to review procedures and policies for getting garbage down the mountain.  We signed our sincere intention to play by the rules.

Some of the team traveled several hundred feet up in altitude to the Namche suburbs in order to visit the fine Sherpa Culture Museum with its fascinating Everest history exhibit.  Some went for massages and cheeseburgers downtown.

As the gang assembled for dinner in the early evening, we were pleased to find that Apa Sherpa was sharing our Tea House for the night.  Apa, the all-time leader in Everest summits -with 21- is bringing a trek in to explore the Khumbu. 

All of the RMI climbers and guides are healthy and well-rested.  Tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and go higher once again.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Dave Hahn talking with the team in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team exploring Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team heads above Namche Bazaar to explore for the day. Photo: Billy Nugent Views above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent

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