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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Return to Kathmandu

Posted by: | April 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Hello everyone
We have finally returned to Kathmandu!
We arrived yesterday in Lukla after a long enjoyable hike down from Namche. It was a beautiful day with sunshine most of the way and just a sprinkle at the end to welcome us back.
After a quick shower we stepped out to the local pub and had a drink to celebrate the journey.
This morning we were delighted to wake to clear skies and hear that we were on one of the first flights out. And better yet, arrived back in Kathmandu early enough for breakfast.
It’s been a wonderful adventure and it will be sad to say goodbye to the team. But it’s time to get home.
Thanks for following!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Practice Glacier Travel on the Khumbu Glacier

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | April 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

This is Dave Hahn calling from Mount Everest. We had a great day today. The team rigged up for glacier travel and we went out in the Khumbu Glacier close to base camp with our crampons and ice axes. We went exploring up and down pinnacles and ridges of ice and just had a good hike in the glacier for a couple hours today. A nice day in the morning. And then in the afternoon and evening, it got a little more cloudy and started to snow a little bit in the evening. Everybody is doing really well. Tomorrow we are hoping to go and work out on some ladders and some fixed ropes in the Icefall on the lower glacier. So a practice day tomorrow. All is well. All for now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Touring the Khumbu close to Everest BC. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in from Everest Base Camp.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Have a Good First Night at Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | April 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Dave Hahn calling in from Mount Everest. All is well. We had a pretty nice weather day here. Not terribly cold and pretty clear for most of the day. The whole group is doing fine. Everybody is healthy, everybody had a good first night at 17 and a half thousand feet, and to help with that acclimatization today, was just an easy day. Catching up, resting, drinking water and taking it easy. Neat to be up here at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, with giant mountains towering all around us. So far we have pretty much got base camp to ourselves. There’s not a whole lot of other groups yet. They will be coming in in the next few days or in the next week or so. Things are good here, and we’ll let you know what’s going on tomorrow. Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The moon over Everest's West Shoulder and Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection Surrounding views from Everest BC. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in from Day 1 at Everest Base Camp.

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Back in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Today we descended back down the valley all the way to Namche where we passed hundreds of trekkers, climbers, and endless yaks trains! We paused occasionally to take in the amazing views and to see where we had been. It only took about 4 hours to reach Namche where we arrived just before a few groups and took advantage of the much needed hot showers. The team spent the rest of the afternoon doing a little gift shopping and just relaxing in the warmer temperatures.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our last day on the trail.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Casey Grom's team back in Namche. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Arrive in Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | April 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Hey, RMI this is Dave Hahn with the Everest climb. We got to base camp today. The trek is over, the climb begins. We left Lobuche at about 8:30 this morning and reached Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet by noon. Our base camp team, along with Jeff Martin, has done an incredible job building camp. It was great to catch up with Jeff Martin from RMI. He has been up here working away getting our camp organized before our arrival. A little bit of a reunion today. All is well at Everest Base Camp.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Everest Basecamp Communications Tent. Photo: Dave Hahn RMI tents with views of the Khumbu Icefall. Photo: Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in after arriving at Everest Base Camp.

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Relaxing in Tengboche

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,687'

Hello again everyone. We’re finally back in the cell and wifi zone!

I’m not sure if the last few sat phone calls went through but here’s a quick recap:
Thursday night it snowed for a few hours before we woke for our Island Peak summit climb. Thankfully it was only a few inches and the weather cleared before we started climbing. However, it was just enough to obscure the trail and make our going a little slippery, not dangerous, just very slow and tiring. We climbed up a steep slope into a tricky rock gulley that led to the start of the glacier where we strapped on our crampons and pulled out our ice axes. The start of the glacier was very broken and again required our full attention and lots of stamina, then eased off before the final steep headwall. The last few hundred feet had us ascending fixed rope to the summit and was exhausting due to the thin air. We took a few photos and started rapelling back down to the glacier. All in all it took us eight hours to reach the summit and another five to get back to camp. Three of our six climbers were able to battle to the top and the others gave us as much support as they could.
 
Today we hiked all the way back to Tengboche and are currently relaxing in a tea house and are very excited about hot showers tomorrow in Namche.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Island Peak's Headwall. Photo: Casey Grom Hiking above the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker Bids Farewell to His Team in Lukla

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

BIG is done!  Here in Lukla and enjoying the thick air and relatively warm temperatures. Long day from Namche to here, all is well. Good day weather wise and lots to view. Beautiful blooming fruit trees that were not at that stage on the way in. Amazing what new sites you see from the opposite direction. We took our time, tried to take in as much of the region as we could and still get us to our home for the night before dark. It was nice to stop and see the children, out and about having fun and a joy to observe the everyday live of the Sherpa people. They have always been such a friendly folk and it held true on this trip as well. Two of our favorite people of the Khumbu, Karma and Mingma part of our local staff that helped make this such a successful trip, left us after dinner. Safe journey to them and thanks so much. Pemba will stay with us till the early flight tomorrow morning. It’s been a blast. Till next time. Get out while you can.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Team shopping in Namche at the end of the trek. Photo: Mark Tucker Team posing in front of a blossoming tree near Namche. Photo: Mark Tucker Namaste. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Enjoy a Rest Day in Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, J.J. Justman, Billy Nugent | April 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 16,175'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn from Lobuche with RMI Everest Climb. Not much in the way of internet here in Lobuche, so I am giving you a call to tell you that everything is good. We have a rest stay here in Lobuche today. Went for a light hike, and everybody’s feeling good. So after tonight, which will be our second night in Lobuche, our intention is to move up to base camp tomorrow. All the way to 17,500 feet. Tonight we’re still at 16,000 feet. A beautiful evening here in the Himalaya… (transmission lost)

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Nuptse from Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls from Loboche rest day.

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Summit Island Peak

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 20,300'

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in again from the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. We are all currently safely back at base camp here on Island Peak after a successful but long, hard day. It was a pretty tough night. We actually had quite a bit of snow overnight, which made the trail difficult but fine and pretty slick so it was hard going for most folks for the first few hours. Luckily the wind died down and we were able to get three of our climbers to the top of Island Peak. The other three- a couple of them climbed, one stayed in camp to be moral support. The other two, I think they realized it was a little too much for them. It was a big day. It took about eight hours for the team to reach the summit after almost going non-stop with just a few breaks. We are all back at camp, everyone’s happy and doing well. We just packed up and we’re going to drop down to Chukung… (transmission lost)

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Walking through the rocks at dawn. Photo: Casey Grom Fixed line to summit of Island Peak. Photo: Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom checking in after Island Peak climb.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Have a Couple of Big Days on Their Trek Out

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

BIG, BIG days in a row.  What a whirl wind tour this has been. Since leaving Pheriche at 14,000 ft and going up to 17,000-foot Everest Base Camp it has been all business.

The team has linked together so many tough days and been rewarded with so many memories, I sure hope the lack of oxygen to the brain doesn’t effect the retention of them. We were up early to a blue-sky day.  Quick breakfast and off we go.  The word descend is a bit misleading when traveling in the Khumbu region.  The dramatic relief in topography combined with all the weathering and rivers makes for a lot of ups and downs from start to finish of the day. Midway on our trek today, it started to snow pretty heavy.  The team has been fine tuning what basic equipment to have in our packs at all times.  Needless to say most of our clothing went on as we traveled through a winter wonderland.  The downhill becomes a big challenge with wet and slippery condition.  An impressive demonstration by my group of climbers today with no misstep under trying conditions. All tired but happy with one more BIG day tomorrow, which will get us back to the Lukla airstrip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Everest BC Trek Team take a break to pose on trek back to Namche. Photo: Mark Tucker Trekking out over the Dudh Kosi River. Photo: Mark Tucker Clouds rolling in brought a snowstorm over the trekking team. Photo: Mark Tucker

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