Entries From Everest Base Camp Trek 3-17-13

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker & Team Return to Lukla

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

Hello Everyone.

We were foot soldiers today,  we marched our way into Lukla in great style. The last hour is all up hill,a nice pump to finish the day. Doctor Scholl’s was our best friend. A bit of overcast kept the temperature just right for this lowland trek, 10,000 ft. After about three weeks in this land of giant mountains, for some, it’s time to hit the beach. I could call this one heck of a fishing trip. We all received a license, no poachers, played by the rules. We casted our lines, used every trick in the book. Caught some big ones and a trophy for a few. We all leave with more experience and respect for this type of event in our lives. The Dudh river, a constant companion on the hike out,loads of blooming rhododendron a nice farewell. Always a pleasure to work with High Altitude Dreams our local outfitter. The team from the states way to go! Hope to have another chance to play with you all in my office soon.

Thank you all out in cyber land for following this trip, get out while you can. I will start working my way back to the Big E and blog ya later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

A friendly greeting as the team leaves Lukla to return to Kathmandu.  Photo: Mark Tucker Enjoying the beautiful rhodedendrun trees as the team returns to lower elevations with grass, trees and flowers in bloom. Photo: Mark Tucker

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BIG congrats to you all!

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Posted by: Caril on 4/8/2013 at 6:04 am


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker & Team Return to Namche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

A nice 10 mile plus or minus hike from Chu Kung today. Not quite sure how there can be so much uphill on a descent, who built these trails anyway? Happy to be back here in Namche at the Campo de Base tea house. If you ever are in the area, this is the place to stay. Very friendly staff, comfortable rooms and Hot Hot showers!
We saw a couple of Everest teams on the way today. We had a nice chat with some old friends and made plans for future meetings at Basecamp. We will check out of the park in the morning and finalize our permits regarding the Island Peak climb. The infrastructure is a bit crude but it is so important to keep trying to have an eye on this truly amazing part of the world.

The sky was a bit hazy today but a nice temperature for the trek out. A few of the hillsides had a large number of rhododendron trees flowering, it is so nice to be back in the living zone of the Earth’s dirt.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The view of Mt. Everest while descending to Namche Bazaar.

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...lol…I think the same people who named a peak an ISLAND built the uphill descending trails : )  The photo you posted tells you trail story well.  That mountain in… read more

Posted by: Lynn Via on 4/7/2013 at 10:44 am


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker & Team Headed for Namche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 15,514'

Mark Tucker here, calling from Chukung.  My third attempt coming outside here. The satellites have not been too nice to me tonight. Ch-ch-chilly.  So we had an unbelievable day.  Just everything was going at us.  We gave a great shot going for the summit.  We were a little bit shy.  But we had an awesome time!  That mountain is incredible.  And we’re all down safe and sound.  A lot of our staff is going to go to the right and we are going left, headed to Namche tomorrow.  It is cold out tonight.  Everybody’s happy and we’re doing well.  We’ll check in again.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An RMI Team waking for Island Peak summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Chukung.

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Mark and Team- Congrats on a good climb!!  Summits are & aren’t everything!! Thanks for the good push!  Mark thank you for a wonderful time for Liesl and Pete!!
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Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 4/5/2013 at 5:14 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker & Team Fired Up for Summit Bid

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 18,372'

Mark Tucker here at high camp of Island Peak. Hands are freezing but the rest of me is pretty good.  We are situated a couple hundred feet below 18,000 feet.  We got a bit to go but we’re in good shape.  Have the tents up.  Actually have a small kitchen tent where our Nepali staff is making us some fresh momos.  He has a rolling pin out, had the flour going, cooking up the vegetables.  We’re roughing it but its still reasonably comfortable.  Having aghast. We’ve got peaks above, ice, rock every where.  Ocean below, giant peaks peaking out of the clouds, and yes, a bit chilly.  I’m sure we’re going to be in for it tonight when it comes to the cold but lots of layers and keep moving should do the trick.  So we’re planning to start looking at the weather at 1 am, hopefully moving by 2ish and route sounds like it’s in pretty good shape.  So if things go right, we’re going to get on top of this thing and make a call to y’all.  We’re going to error on the side of smart and conservative, not push too hard, but give it a gosh darn good effort..  So we’re looking forward to it, all fired up and can’t wait to report in again.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Island Peak High Camp.

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L & P & All- FANTASTIC!!  GO for It!!  We are with you!! GOOOOO!!
GOOD ENERGY and LOVE TO YOU ALL!!
M & G

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Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 4/4/2013 at 8:33 pm

Awesome! Stay warm Bill.

Mike

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Posted by: Mike M on 4/4/2013 at 3:23 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker & Team at Island Peak Basecamp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,685'

Mark Tucker here calling from Island Peak Basecamp. Had a wonderful stay at the resort in Chukung.  Great evening, kind fellowship with other climbers from around the world. The hike up here took about 3 hours, and did very well and greeted by a staff that we’ve had in place.  They’ve been here for few days, great dining and kitchen area, wonderful food, tents already set up. What a lap of luxury we walked right into.  We did a couple hikes today to keep the blood flowing.  The team is doing very well.  Planning tomorrow to finalize details, get some gear sorted, and then we’re gonna ship up to High Camp and get ourselves ready for the summit push tomorrow in the late evening.  So the deal is on, we’re doing great, and we’ll talk to you later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI's Island Peak Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Island Peak Basecamp.

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Good luck guys….

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Posted by: Ravi on 4/4/2013 at 1:40 pm

Glad to hear all is going well.  Be safe.

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Posted by: Rachael C. Lujan on 4/4/2013 at 8:44 am


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Tucker Calls in from Chukung

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 15,514'

Mark Tucker here outside of our resort in Chukung.  Rallying for our next wave of the program, the Island Peak climb.  Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse.  Wow!  What a view.  Let’s call it Phase 1 is in the books and what a trip so far.  The Island Peak team, we bid farewell to the trek group this morning, under yep, once again, beautiful blue skies.  As a guide, you try your hardest to be the conduit between the mountain and the folks with a bit less experience usually.  And it thrills me every time to see groups like these accept this new kind of challenge. Rainier Mountaineering does such a great job preparing its guides. They provide us with the training and support for the staff.  The incredible institutional knowledge is passed down literally generations of professional guiding.  It’s just, it is the best there is out there and I’m so proud to be part of this great group of women and men.  With that said, your training has led you to never take anything for granted, or let my guard down, in what can be in quite a hostile environment.  There can be a surprise around any corner.  And I just wanna send my congratulations to my trek team for a fantastic job they all did. Thanks for spending time with me out here in my office.  And safe travels home to all you guys.  And now, here come the climb team, and we are ready.  Its [Island Peak] basecamp tomorrow, back into tent life. And I’m looking forward to it.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Island Peak from Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Hiking through the Imja Khola Valley. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Chukung.

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Good luck to the Island Peak climb team. Pete and Liesl, we’ll be thinking of you and wishing you great weather and a fantastic climb.

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Posted by: Jo Ann, John, and Mom on 4/2/2013 at 2:50 pm

Way to go trekkers. Mark, you are the best! Good luck on Island Peak and being Base Camp manager. I can’t wait to do another trip with you.

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Posted by: Stephani on 4/2/2013 at 2:21 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Head Down Valley to Pheriche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Lulled to sleep by rock and icefall, what a night at Everest Base Camp.  A few comments that it was the best dinner since arriving in country.  Short lived this time, we are already back in Pheriche gearing up for Island Peak.  Should be deep sleep tonight here in the thick air of 14,000 ft. We’ll bid farewell to the Trek team in the morning.  As usual a whirlwind tour for the group.  Lots of firsts for all.  Once again the mountains provided fantastic views with perfect weather.  Times like these are what bring you back to challenge the physical and mental.  In time the photos will overshadow the tough conditions you are subjected to on trips like these.  Maybe Hawaii next time, but I bet down the road another adventure of this type just can’t be avoided.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Descending past prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection

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L & P- A Dream realized!....and you are changed forever!!  Kudos.  YEA!!
You epitomize YMNTBP!!  Our Congrats to the entire team!!  Thanks again, Mark…yes we think more Adventures will… read more

Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 4/2/2013 at 8:06 am

just love following “team tucker”!!! what an adventure!!! safe trek to pheriche!!! tons of hugs buzz…Nancy

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Posted by: nancy on 4/1/2013 at 10:11 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Arrive in Base Camp!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Mark Tucker from Everest Base Camp. We hiked most of the day under fabulous conditions and arrived for lunch by our favorite cook, Kumar.  Lots to see here at Base Camp, we did some exploring.  Dinner went well, Kumar cooked us a cake.  He can bake us a cake because he actually has a small oven up here.  Very comfortable, I’m so spoiled.  Pretty white on the ground at this point.  Hopefully it’s just an evening flurry and we’ll wake up to some blue skies.  We have a good hike tomorrow.  We’re going to head back down to Pheriche.  That is our target for our hike.  All is well up here at Base Camp.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Walking through moraine near Everest Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection Evening light in RMI Base Camp. Photo: Jake Norton

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Nice going big brother!  Of course you made it.
Love you much.  Enjoy some well earned down time with Sue and everyone in the Maldives.
Linny

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Posted by: Linda Hill-Lindsay on 4/2/2013 at 9:46 am

Congratulations to all of you! What an amazing accomplishment. I can only image how blessed and beautiful you must have felt to see all those amazing sights.

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Posted by: Lara on 4/1/2013 at 8:31 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Summit Kala Patar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

What a day!  Easy climb up to Gorak Shep where lunch and rooms were waiting for us. Took a nice break then it was Kala Patar. Perfect conditions up the 1,400 ft climb to the summit. We timed it to be on top at sunset and just a bit of descent in the dark with headlamps, what an adventure. A good physical challenge for the team but perfect technique and perseverance paid off. Can’t tell you how many times I have done this climb, it never gets old, and is always a thrill. The view of Mount Everest does not get any better than from that vantage point, no wind and clear cannot be beat. For me to look up at the summit and think of all the time and effort I have spent over the years on that beast,  brings me so much emotion it is hard to convey. The connection you make after you summit Mount Everest is a bond forever. I take pride in sharing what I have learned through my 15 expeditions over here with every team. I felt the mountain helping me, while also keeping tabs.  Base Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Team summits Kala Patar. Photo: Mark Tucker Kala Patar summit. Photo: Mark Tucker Kala Patar and the Fighting Irish. Photo: Mark Tucker Mt. Everest in the background. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Thank you for telling about your climb to the summit of Kala Patar…it sounds like something I would like to summit for the awesome view of Mt. Everest.  I’m adding… read more

Posted by: Lynn Via on 3/31/2013 at 6:36 pm

Mt. Everest will be forever blessed now that you have flown the Notre Dame Leprechaun and McMunn’s flags, as you promised. So proud of you, Billy.

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Posted by: Dee Brown on 3/31/2013 at 6:33 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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