Entries From Everest BC Trek & IP 3-16-14

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Arrive in Nepal

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Greetings from Nepal Everyone!

And welcome to RMI’s first Nepal trek of 2014!

After some very long flights from the USA the team has finally arrived here in Kathmandu. Our first day was mostly spent catching up on some much needed sleep and adjusting to our new time zone, which is 9-12 hours ahead of everyone back home. 

Our second day started off with the usual meet and greet where the team got to know one another and discussed the adventure ahead and made sure everyone had all the essential gear.
After a short break we headed into the main tourist center of Thamel for a quick lunch at the famous Roadhouse Cafe known for its tasty pizza.
Shortly after lunch the team set off to do a little site seeing in Kathmandu and stopped off at two of the most important sites, the famous monkey temple and the giant Boudhanath.

The evening ended with a nice dinner here at our hotel appropriately named the Yak and Yeti. And it was off to bed before our early flights.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Team in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom Street Vendor in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom Prayer Wheels Photo: Casey Grom

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

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

Hello from the Khumbu everyone!

Today we caught our early flights from Kathmandu and safely arrived at the famous Lukla airport on what was one of the smoothest flights I’ve ever had. Luckily for us there were no clouds in sight which allowed us an easy and very scenic flight into the heart of the Himalayas. Once in Lukla we relaxed and had breakfast at one of the tea houses while our bags were sorted and readied for our porters.
We hit the trail just after 8 am and hiked casually along the trail taking in the clean fresh mountain air and all the beautiful sights of the surrounding peaks. We hiked for just over three hours stopping along the way to snap photos and enjoy the scenery of the lush green forest with towering snow capped mountains overhead.

The team is comfortably settled in to another tea house here in a village called Phakding that sits on the edge of a beautiful blue river.

All is well and everyone is delighted to be here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Team on the Trail  Photo: Casey Grom First Glimpse of the Himalaya from Lukla Photo: Casey Grom

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Congratulations on a job well done.  We love looking at the pictures,  Dot and Rog

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Posted by: dot hemminghaus on 3/31/2014 at 7:07 am

Pastor Sylvia from Tx! Hi, I wish you a wonderful trek! I am looking forward to reading your posts, and seeing your beautiful pictures. that you for sharing your journey… read more

Posted by: Sylvia Joplin on 3/22/2014 at 7:54 pm


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

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

We woke to beautiful, clear skies today and enjoyed the early morning warmth after a slightly chilly night. First up for the day was an all important breakfast with pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, cereal and last but not least COFFEE. A special thanks to Jeff Martin for preparing a wonderful travel kit with plenty of it.

We hit the trail a little before 9am and slowly made our way passing dozens of tea houses, trekkers, and porters. We crossed several suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags that sit high above the valley floor with amazing views in all directions. After a few hours hiking we arrived at the big hill that leads up to the famous Namche Bazaar, which is the center of the Khumbu Valley. The team did a great job and before too long we all arrived in Namche just in time for a late lunch and before the snowflakes started to fall from the sky. We spent the remainder of the evening exploring this small town and napping as we continue to adjust to the new time zone and altitude.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Crossing one of many suspension bridges trekking towards Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom The team relaxing at a teahouse after arriving in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team - Feels Like Christmas in March

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Greetings from Namche once again.

Today we were greeted with a fresh blanket of snow in town, but only a few inches. We had planned on doing a little hiking to try and catch a glimpse of Everest, but the new snow and cloud cover kept us close to home. So we spent the day drinking coffee, telling stories and doing a little shopping in town. It almost felt like Christmas to be honest!

Everyone is doing great and happily enjoyed the relaxing day here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

P.S.
I’d like to wish my dad a special Happy Birthday! Wish I could throw a snowball at you pops! I love you.

Fresh layer of snow over Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom Grom & Team sightseeing in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom
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Elizabeth, Nancy and Liz: Guess it feels “real” now and I’ve got goose bumps looking at you in the picture! Gotta say, this is really cool! Have fun and stay… read more

Posted by: Janet Mendez on 3/23/2014 at 5:21 pm

Looks like you are having fun, enjoy the adventure

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Posted by: Audrey O'Brien on 3/23/2014 at 8:19 am


Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Visit Tengboche Monastery

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12.325'

Namaste! (traditional Nepalese greeting)
Today the team left Namche Bazarre and headed further up the Khumbu Valley headed for Everest Base Camp. Shortly after leaving we were greeted with our first view of Everest itself, far off in the distance but clearly standing above all else. We slowly made our way along the trail stopping for pictures and breaks and eventually made our way up to the Tengboche Monastery. We arrived shortly before the monks prayer session and were delighted to sit in and listen to the monks chant, which was quite spiritual for all. We then casually made our way down to our new tea house for the evening where we are currently warming ourselves by the wood burning stove.

All is well!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The trail from Namche to Deboche with Everest and Lhoste in the back ground.  Photo: RMI Collection Inside the Tenboche Monastery.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak team getting ready to leave from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Jeff Martin

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We are following your trip and you continue to be in our prayers.  Have an amazing, remarkable time.  Lauri

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Posted by: Lauri DeWhitt on 3/23/2014 at 7:22 pm


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

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone.

We had a wonderful day again here in Nepal. We started with our usual breakfast and coffee at 8:00 and hit the trail around 9:00. Since it’s been rather cold here this spring, we haven’t wanted to start hiking too early. The team was very fortunate to spot a rare Musk Deer and even saw a few mountain Tarr, which is a type of Himalayan mountain goat.

We made our way to Pangboche where we visited the highest ranking Lama in the Khumbu and received a blessing for safe passage.  We continued along the trail passing by the iconic Ama Dablam and slowly came into Pheriche.

The team is doing great and enjoying the amazing scenery every step of the way.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Receiving a safe passage blessing from the highest ranking Lama. Photo: Casey Grom The team taking a break at a spectacular view of Ama Dablam. Photo: Casey Grom

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Spectacular views. WOW what a journey. Jay and I have been following your trip. What’s with the K-State cap. Jay and Jack,  Topeka

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Posted by: Jack Bybee on 3/25/2014 at 8:11 am

Pictures of the view are spectacular, can only imagine them in real time…
The trip will soon end but the memories will last a lifetime!

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Posted by: Audrey on 3/25/2014 at 3:04 am


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team’s Rest Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello again from Pheriche.

Today was another well-deserved rest day for the team. After breakfast we contemplated going on a hike but the chilly temperatures and wind outside kept us inside pouring more coffee and relaxing in the nice warm sunroom. Everyone did a little exploring of this small village of about a dozen tea houses, some venturing further than others. At 3:00 pm we walked next door to the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) and sat in on a short, but informative, talk about altitude and travel issues. The HRA has small seasonal medical facility based here to treat climbers, trekkers, porters, and Sherpa that need help. It was established by the famous American doctor Peter Hacket in 1974.

Our evening was spent watching the local traffic of porters and yaks pass by loaded with gear for this climbing season.  Everyone is still in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Pheriche tea house nestled near the Himalaya's hillside. Photo: Casey Grom The team enjoying the warmth inside the Pheriche tea house. Photo: Casey Grom

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Hey Casey - Just wanted to say “Hi”.  Hope you are doing well.
-Larry Seaton

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Posted by: Larry Seaton on 3/25/2014 at 11:21 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Take Another Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone.

Today we opted to take an additional rest day here in Pheriche.  There’s a cold going around and everyone could benefit from a little more acclimatization.  Most of us went on a hike to stretch our legs and lungs a bit.  It was one of the nicest days in the Khumbu yet, with plenty of sunshine and it was relatively warm today. 

After our hike we relaxed once again in the sunroom and played a bit of cribbage. Currently Travis and Sean are winning, but I think their luck is about to change.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and head further towards Everest Base Camp.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Acclimating hike out of Pheriche amongst spectacular views. Photo: Casey Grom Relaxing in the Pheriche Tea House sunroom. Photo: Casey Grom

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Clay and I are enjoying your days there vicariously. Photos are amazing, and we are loving having a glimpse of your surroundings. Norm, I’ve been wondering if that K-State cap… read more

Posted by: Judy Edmands on 3/28/2014 at 6:43 am

Hi, Dad!  Pete, Lynn and I check in on you each day- great to see the pics. Wishing solid legs and lungs for all. Much love- chris

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Posted by: Chris Y on 3/27/2014 at 6:11 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Arrive Gorak Shep

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Hello everyone.
We’re still here. Just went through Loboche which is a little short on cell service, wifi and I even had trouble getting my sat phone to work.
The last couple of days have been really nice and strangely it seems to be getting warmer as we get higher. We hiked to Gorak Shep today and wanted to climb up Kala Patar but the evening swirling clouds have us waiting till tomorrow.
We are literarily a stones through from the Khumbu glacier and only about two hours from Mt. Everest Base Camp. Everyone seems to be doing well and we are so excite for Base camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Casey Grom Mt. Everest, 29,035'.  Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Hope you’ve reached base camp

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Posted by: Kristy yenkey on 3/30/2014 at 7:58 am


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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