Entries From Everest Base Camp Trek 3-17-13

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

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

Mark Tucker here in Nepal kicking off the RMI 2013 Mount Everest programs.

Our first wave of climbers are all here with bags intact.  After a nice city tour and final preparations yesterday we have made our way to the Domestic airport. Right now we are at the boarding area and on standby due to a weather delay in Lukla, which is our flight destination.  Not unusual for such a delay, so we will wait till weather conditions improve.  A cup of tea and a book will hold us over for a while.  No hurry.  Looking forward to keeping you all up to date as best I can over the next couple of weeks / months / years.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The team in Kathmandu. Photo: Mark Tucker The Team's Kathmandu Transportation? Photo: Mark Tucker
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To All, especially Pete and Gerry… We’re pulling for you!!!

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Posted by: mick on 3/25/2013 at 2:50 am

Mark, Many thanks for the wonderful photos and updates-we are there with you! Love to Liesl and Pete from their Durango family.

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Posted by: Claudia and Jim on 3/23/2013 at 5:47 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Take a Diversified Approach to Lukla

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

You have to work with mother nature. Not a good idea to push into poor weather conditions with any small airplane. No fixed wing flights into Lukla today. Once I spent almost a month at the southern tip of Chile waiting for a weather window to fly into the interior of the Antarctic.  Should not be the case here.  Problem is, there has been a couple days of limited flights and we were scheduled for today but it did not happen.  So let’s go for another plan.  Let’s charter one of the finest helicopter’s in the world, the infamous B3.  It was, after all, the first ship to touchdown on the summit of Mount Everest. And for us, we just want to get to Lukla.  We didn’t get all the way there but ended up below Lukla as the weather started to be an issue as we flew in.  No sooner than landing, lightning and three inches of hail in less than an hour turned the green fields white.  Two charters were needed and the second group had to stop even shorter for about ten minutes before meeting up with us.  It was a tough dance at the airport, but we had some good fortune to pull this off.  It was an awesome flight. The team did great with the shift of service and a wonderful job climbing over 2,000 vertical feet to get here…. LUKLA!!!!

Let the climb begin, may the force be with us.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker's view on the flight to Lukla. Photo: Mark Tucker Landing Spot near Lukla. Photo: Mark Tucker Hail turns green fields to white. Photo: Mark Tucker The team on the trail to Lukla. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Set Out From Lukla

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

Mark Tucker here with the Everest Base Camp Trek team. No, internet access at this point, so I thought I’d check in with the satellite phone. So we’re just outside of the Sagarmatha National Park. We had a great night in Lukla.  We took a little time this morning leaving as we organized the loads with our porters. We are set with all our gear that is needed while we continue our trek to Base Camp.  We’re by the Tenzing Norgay Airstrip, where the STOL-type aircraft, acronym for Short Take Off and Landing type planes. Years ago a famous local Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, with Sir Edmund Hillary supervising, spent a month revamping and lengthening the airstrip, but it is still quite a ride.

The team had a beautiful hike approaching the Dudh Kosi River. It was fantastic. Good views, perfect weather. We are all looking really fine. The team is all doing very well and couldn’t be happier.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The Tenzing Norgay Airstrip in Lukla. Photo: Dave Hahn  Loads ready to be carried by the porters. Photo: Linden Mallory Lukla at the base of the Khumbu Valley. Photo: RMI Collection
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Mark - your posts are very much appreciated - thank you! It’s great to keep tabs on our girl, Susan :)  Please pass on my positive thoughts and prayers for… read more

Posted by: Carol Donovan on 3/23/2013 at 3:32 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

We are here at Namche Bazaar, very comfortable and well fed. Campo de Base is the name of our tea house for the next two nights. Friendly staff, very tasty food and hot showers in the room. You have got to love that. We will be roughing it plenty in the near future so this bit of luxury will really help prepare us for the mission ahead. At over 11,000’ this is the perfect place to spend some time to let the body adjust. Plans for tomorrow are hikes to local spots of interest and some old fashion relaxing. We have been going at it pretty hard since we landed in Nepal, a little chill day will do us all some good.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Enroute to Namche Bazaar. Photo: RMI Collection Namche Bazaar. Photo: RMI Collection

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L & P:  What a good jaunt!!  Looks a lot like our hills…grab it ...all the overwhelmingness!  Drink in the Adventure!!  Life is an Adventure, not an obligation!!  Run!!  ...… read more

Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 3/23/2013 at 9:22 pm

Liesl and Pete…..and everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful, amazing time. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!! Miss you!

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Posted by: Lara on 3/23/2013 at 1:20 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Enjoying the Many Sights of Namche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

What a great day in and around Namche Bazaar!  Views outside of our hotel show the surrounding peaks rising about 20,000 feet.  We are all fully energized with these spectacular views and went to one of the bakeries and coffee shops to start our morning.

Namche has many shops we can meander through during our rest day.  The team and I spent some time perusing through but remembering to not overload our packs on the way to Base Camp.  Try and buy it on the way out is my recommendation.

We will continue to enjoy the clear views of all the mountains today and the perfect weather. I know we are in for another beautiful day for the climb to Deboche tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Spectacular views from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker Clear view of the surrounding peaks today. Photo: Mark Tucker Bakery for some morning delights. Photo: Mark Tucker Shopping in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Susan & Bill—I’m “watching” you guys and vicariously enjoying your Great trip! You look Terrific - like you belong there!!  Sally

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Posted by: Sally U on 3/25/2013 at 2:44 pm

Wonderful looking sweets Peter and Gerry - hope you stayed away from them and are managing to continue exercising… :-) you are both missed - be safe!

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Posted by: Laurel Neil on 3/25/2013 at 8:02 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Trek to Deboche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

We had a wonderful climb today. As we left Namche Bazaar and headed up the trai,l the summit of Mt. Everest came into view.  It would not be a good day to make a summit attempt as the plume blowing off the summit reached out for a mile or so and is an indicator that winds on the summit are likely in the 100 mph range.  But it sure does make for a nice photo.  We stopped for lunch by the river and then, with full bellies, headed up the infamous Tengboche Hill.  The team did a great job and in a couple of hours we reached the Tengboche Monastery and were greeted by one of the elder monks.  After our visit, we made a quick descent to the fairy tail land of Deboche where we will spend the night. The team is doing well, a few minor physical discomforts, but to be expected. The tea house staff is firing up the dining room stove with dried Yak dung, hey what ever provides a bit of heat, bring it on.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hiking the ridge above Tengboche.  Photo: RMI Collection Views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse while hiking from Namche to Deboche.  Photo: RMI Collection The RMI Everest Base Camp 3-17 team takes a break along the trail.  Photo: MarkTucker

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Hey Mark! Don’t forget to floss! :) Good job and make it back safe.

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Posted by: Chrissy on 3/26/2013 at 2:02 pm

L & P- Congrats on making Pheriche!!  Mark’s post from Deboche was great!!  Enjoy!!
D is really excited and enjoying every step of the way with you!  Take good… read more

Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 3/26/2013 at 9:39 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker Checks in from the Tea House under a Bright Moon

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

Hello Mark Tucker checking in from high in the Himalaya. I am outside of our tea house and it is quite the bright moon. Had some clouds roll in later in the day…  It’s pretty windy.  Had great views of Everest and Nuptse.  We are all tucked in with the hot water bottles and looking forward to a good night’s rest. Part of the team made a little side venture over to get blessed by one of the holy Lamas of the valley.  And they had an awesome time.  So we are feeling very fortunate that he was available for that.  And, we’re looking good.  We’ll check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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


RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in.

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The full moon on March 27 is the ‘FULL WORM’ moon. Hope it is a lucky moon for all nine of you, especially my Bill,Sue, Peter and Gerry. Happy Trails,… read more

Posted by: Dee Brown on 3/26/2013 at 6:54 pm

L &  P-  Yea For making it to Pheriche!!  Its interesting that Mark writes of the moon - iwe have seen the moon for the past 3 nights and tonight,… read more

Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 3/26/2013 at 6:03 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team in Pheriche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello from Pheriche! 14,042 feet but who’s counting.  After a nice dinner, the team is tucked away for the night.  Lot’s of hiking in all directions today.  Nice to have such great Sherpa support to be able to offer many options.  A few new altitude records for the team.  Another day of perfect weather, and trail conditions in great shape.  We are now above tree line, but lots of bushes still keep us thinking we are where life forms can survive.  It is a rather tough environment to be in, we welcome these islands of paradise called tea houses.  Plan is to take a rest day here tomorrow.  Some day hikes and a bit of training for my crew that will go with me to Island Peak in the not so distant future.  The surrounding peaks of Taboche (21,309’) and Cholatse (20,784’) always impress.  Crazy to think that the real big ones are up this valley and around the corner.  Looking so forward to reuniting with those views.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Descending into Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Tucker and prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team Hiking on Ridge Above Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy Easter Mark!  Thinking of you and enjoying your blog.

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Posted by: Karla and Kent on 3/30/2013 at 10:37 am

Hi Liesl and Pete! Sure am loving watching your adventure.  Sending you love and strength!
:) Ab

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Posted by: Abby on 3/28/2013 at 3:53 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Train in Pheriche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Rest days are done. We are now in the position to go for our summit. Base Camp being our goal. I feel good with the team’s condition at this time. Big push up to Lobuche tomorrow, a couple thousand feet at this altitude will surely be felt by all. We are ready, bring it on. Made some head way with climbing equipment adjustments and technical training for the Island Peak crew. Any old bench around the tea house can provide a great anchor and the door to the dining room being less than a pitch away isn’t all bad. Had a wonderful reunion with one of the finest Mountain Guides in the world, Casey Grom who overlaps his trip with ours for the night. Casey is such a talent in all aspects of climbing but what a challenge for him at a game of cribbage. So fun to hangout and nice to hash over logistics, since he will be climbing Island Peak a few days after us. A light dusting of snow this afternoon but clear tonight.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The team prepping for Island Peak. Photo: Mark Tucker Versatile training in the Pheriche dining area. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Have fun at the summit Base Camp. Good luck on your climb on Island Peak Bill!

Mike

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Posted by: Mike M on 3/29/2013 at 3:52 am

Peter and Gerry
We’re following your quest toward the top of the world.  How beautiful.  Best to you and your fellow treckers.
Kathy and Ned

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Posted by: Kathy Butler on 3/28/2013 at 3:30 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Arrive in Lobuche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,175'

Mark Tucker calling from Lobuche.  I’m leaning up against the window to try and get some reception. Can you believe it? We have no wifi, I so apologize.  The team is doing well, we’re bunking down.  We’re going to push up to Gorak Shep tomorrow.  Had a great hike from Pheriche today.  Boy we have really starting to feel like we are up, up, up.  So, thin, thin air and getting thinner.  Tomorrow marks the 65K endurance race coming from Gorak Shep.  And so we are going to root some of these folks on that we’ve been parallel over the course of our trip.  We’ll be glad to see them, but I am not too jealous of them running from Gorak Shep to Lukla in a matter of hours. I kinda like what we are doing, so we’ll check in again later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Trail to Lobuche. Tibet border on far ridgeline. Photo: RMI Collection Spectacular scenic vistas. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from Lobuche.

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Happy Easter Elsie! I feel like I should be writing “there goes Peter Cottontail. Hoppin’ up Mt Everest’s trail…”, but the air seems a little thin fur hoppin’ right now… read more

Posted by: mary tryer on 3/30/2013 at 2:38 pm

Happy Easter to all!!!  God’s Speed and Grace ... on this Blessed Easter!!!  Love you Buzz, James, Luke and Team Tucker!!!  Awesome job!!!!  Blessing Be to All!  nancy

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Posted by: nancy on 3/30/2013 at 1:16 pm


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