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Everest Base Camp Trek: The Team Enjoys Astonishing Views Hiking to Pheriche

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello from the “Himalayan Hotel” at Pheriche!

Another incredible day in the Himalayas, dear friends… And we can certainly say now we are going to spend the first night at high altitude, having hiked above the 4,000m benchmark.

After a rather cold night in Pangboche, we were greeted by another cloudless sky, whose sun made us ditch our layers just a few minutes after the start. Headed towards Pheriche Pass, we enjoyed astonishing views of Kantega, Tamserku (two of the most radical 6,000m peaks in the Khumbu,) and of course Ama Dablam. Like on the previous days, the mystique of the landscape is only disturbed by the heavy downhill traffic that we encounter from time to time.

While we await our dinner and as I write this post, we’re also getting ready to set up for another session of nocturnal time lapse pictures before the evasive crescent moon we have vanishes.

The plan tomorrow is to rest here, to continue to acclimate taking a short hike, to visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital next door, and, of course, stay well nourished with the momos and tea that (among other things) make us look forward to every meal.

On a side note, we celebrated on the trails a rendezvous with fellow guide Lakpa Gelu and RMI office staff Bridget Schletty.

Regards to everyone,

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos

A break going up Pheriche pass with Kantega and Tamserku in the background. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Arrival at Himalayan Hotel in Pheriche. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in from Pangboche

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,074'

Good evening from Pangboche.

It has been a couple of days since our last post, but electricity and internet have been unreliable above Namche.  We arrived today to the village where the trail splits between the Ama Dablam and Everest Base Camps’ trails. We came here after a short hike from Deboche, where we arrived yesterday after our rest day at Namche.

The clearing skies we have encountered as we have climbed higher have provided the first great opportunities for time lapse pictures of both sunrise and sunset over Ama and the Everest-Lotse-Nuptse group.

Our plan is to hike up to Pheriche tomorrow where we’ll continue to acclimatize taking at least one rest day.

We are on schedule for full moon at Kala Patar. We see lots of down traffic as the season comes to a close but we continue up in pursue of the crisp skies of the early winter for the time lapse pictures we’re after.

We’ll try to report again from Pheriche. Best regards from the Himalaya!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Trekking towards Deboche with Ama Dablam behind. Photo: Linden Mallory A stack of mani stones outside of the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Arrives in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

“Tashi Dele” from Namche Bazaar!

What a lucky team we are! Scheduled to fly yesterday into Lukla, the morning greeted us in Kathmandu with cloudy skies, grounding the little aircrafts that are meant to bring climbers and trekkers alike to the Khumbu.

After a long hour of uncertainty, (and with the news that Lukla was also shutting down,) we relied on our trustworthy outfitter personnel at the airport; Sagar and Shangkar pulled some magic and about an hour and a half later, we were boarding… a helicopter! This safer vehicle under such conditions, provided us with awesome views of Everest and Nuptse as we approached Lukla above the clouds and we continued to give high fives in disbelief of what we were experiencing.

Soon after we met our Sherpa Nawang and porters at Lukla, we headed for Phakding, where we’d spend our first night at a Sherpa lodge. Continuing today with astonishing views along the lower valleys, we proceeded towards Namche, from where we are writing now as we enjoy a cup of milk tea.

The biggest excitement of the day was provided by the many hanging bridges, the last of which is a new addition to the trail since last season and sits some 300 feett above the river! As the mystique of the Buddhist populated land embraced us, we enjoyed the great hiking trails ornamented with centennial Mani stones and prayer flags.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed a hardy dinner at “Camp de Base Lodge” and we’re now ready for a well earned rest. Tomorrow we’ll meander in Namche optimizing our acclimating process with hopes of taking some sunrise pictures over Ama Dablam, weather permitting.

Best regards from Nepal,

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés Martos

 

Loading the unexpected helicopter in Kathmandu. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Landed in Lukla meeting Sherpa Nawang. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Arriving today in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in From Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Hello from Namche. This is the Everest Base Camp Trek and we are calling after the second day on the trip.  Everything is well. We will try to send more detailed updates tomorrow, even with some pictures as we were having some internet connection problems today. All is well and we will try to update you more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos

Kwangde from trail into Namche. Photo: Dave Hahn Bridge of Dudh Kosi River. Photo: RMI Collection Spectacular views from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker


RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos calls in from Namche Bazaar.

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Everest Base Camp Trek:  Team Arrives in Kathmandu

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | October 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Greetings from Nepal.

Today we officially started our fall 2013 Everest Base Camp Trek!!!

Our team arrived filled with excitement to the small country of the big Himalayas. Great weather accompanied our arrival to a very much alive Kathmandu; the anticipation of the elections that will be celebrated in 2 weeks makes the capital city a unique place. Dodging the different political groups’ parades through the city, we visited historical landmarks which made the day of such a photographer.
We enjoyed a great dinner before heading to bed for an early start tomorrow, which with a 5 am wake up call, will take us to Lukla, (weather permitting) to start our journey through the Khumbu valley towards the higher grounds. More to come soon from the unpaved trails, the smoke free air and the inspiration filled mountains of the Land of the Sherpa!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Bhouda Nat Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar Reaches the SUMMIT!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos | September 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The last Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Team of our 2013 Rainier climbing season reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier at about 2:00pm yesterday.  RMI Guides Casey Grom and Elias deAndres Martos reported a blue bird day with cold temperatures and fresh snow on the route.  The team will spend the morning at Camp Muir finishing up their mountaineering skills training before heading back to RMI Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations Team!

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Mt. Rainier: September 8th Teams Thwarted by Winds

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Elias de Andres Martos | September 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,700'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent and RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos reached 12,900’ before high winds forced them to turn around.  The teams were at Ingraham Flats around 7 am this morning en route to Camp Muir.  From there, they will refuel and prepare to descend back to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them back in Ashford this afternoon.

Way to climb teams!

Little Tahoma as seen from Muir Ridge.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: September 2nd

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Leon Davis | September 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 12,700'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Elias de Andres Martos and Leon Davis were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams returned to Camp Muir at 7:45 am from their high point of 12,700’.  While at Camp Muir the teams will gear up for their descent to Paradise; we look forward to greeting them when they arrive back at Rainier Basecamp later today.

The teams descending to Ingraham Flats due to low visibility and high winds at 12,700'. Photo: Lindsay Mann An RMI Team ascending through Cathedral Gap.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Mt. Rainier: August 21, 2013 Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, Lindsay Mann, Eric Frank | August 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Led By Elias de Andres Martos and Lindsay Mann reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. The teams had warm, clear and calm conditions on the climb.  They are currently descending and stopped at 12,700’ feet to do some work on the fixed lines before making their way back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Looking over St. Elmo's Pass on the Emmons Seminar. Photo: Eric Frank View from the Emmons Seminar Camp. Photo: Eric Frank
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Mt. Shuksan: Mike Walter & Team Summit!

Posted by: Mike Walter, Elias de Andres Martos | August 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Waiting out a rain delay was a good decision at the start of our program.  A 6 1/2-hour hike yesterday brought us to camp in warm and dry weather.  This morning 100% of our team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan via the southeast ridge of the summit pyramid!  After a short rest at camp, our crew climbed down through the Fisher Chimneys, back to the Lake Ann Trail and to the trailhead.

Congratulations to the Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys team!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The hike into the Fisher Chimney's camp. Photo: Kristina Weller Mt. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys camp. Photo: Mike Walter RMI Climbers silhouetted on Mt. Shuksan. Photo: Kristina Weller

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