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Mt. Everest: Mark Tucker and the Climbing Team Summit Kalapathar

Posted by: Mark Tucker, Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Summit… of Kalapathar!  The team took on Kalapathar, and had a great payday of views galore.  Nice weather for most of the day.  The Sherpa team also benefited from weather as they are nearly done with all the makings of Camp 2.  One comment from a Sherpa that it was very hot in the Khumbu Icefall. Seems ironic.

The climbing team is gearing up for a possible early morning test run in the Icefall.  We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mt. Everest from the Kalapathar summit. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest: Rest Day for the Team at Everest Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent, Mark Tucker | April 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Today was a well-timed rest day.  Following our recent daily pattern, it was sunny and calm in the morning and snowing and socked in by noon.  The team took the chance to wash up and get clean during the sunny hours, and then hunkered down within the tents for the afternoon.  The much talked about Everest Basecamp WiFi hotspots and 3G cell coverage have both been dysfunctional in the extreme of late, bringing the teams back virtually to the 1990’s in terms of connectivity… roughing it.  Yesterday was a very popular day for Puja ceremonies and so the drab moraine rubble we call home was transformed by a vast spiderweb of interconnected colorful prayer flags streaming from the numerous chortens.  Tomorrow, our Sherpa team is geared up for a carry to Camp II while the climbers have a conditioning hike to Kalapathar in mind.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

View from above Everest Basecamp. Photo: Jake Norton

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Mt. Everest:  Team Continues Training

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman, Mark Tucker | April 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Today the team went uphill in a few big ways.  The Sherpa team carried loads all the way to Camp II (ABC) at 21,300 ft before returning to base while the climbing guides and climbers geared up and traveled to the first ladders in the icefall route.  It takes about 90 minutes or so to reach those lowest ladders, but we figure it was pretty good practice.  The “trail” involves a lot of crampon work up and down endless ice ridges before the actual fixed ropes begin.  The fixed lines take a little getting used to when it comes to passing intermediate anchors in steep and awkward spots.  Then we started encountering the much anticipated ladders, the first few this season being short and simple.  But we continued on until we hit a slightly longer set of ladder sections tied together and bridging a pretty deep and dark crevasse.  The team took turns tip-toeing across the rungs and from time to time just standing back to watch Sherpa climbers dance effortlessly across in their descent from a hard day of work.  Descent from that big and worthy crevasse a little over 18,000 ft was pretty good training all in itself.  The team moved better and better as climbers got accustomed to the routines of “arm-rappels” and clipping past snow and ice anchors.  We reached the crampons-off point just as the daily afternoon snowstorm began, but that meant we were only ten minutes from camp.  Once back in our home away from home it was an easy afternoon of lunch, games, naps and good conversation.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Everest Base Camp and the Lower Khumbu Icefall.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide and Base Camp Manager Mark Tucker checks in with an update on the Mt. Everest Expedition.

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Mt. Everest: Sherpa & Guide Teams Check Out Camp 1 as Climbing Team Acclimatizes on Pumori

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from Mount Everest. We’re still doing voice dispatches. We don’t have internet connectivity yet. There is hope that we’ll have it in the next couple of days if they fix the cell tower down valley.

Things are going well up here. Our Sherpa team and our guide team went through the Icefall yesterday. Some of the first to go through the Khumbu Icefall for this season. We went to Camp 1 and came back down yesterday morning. All was well. Today the climbing team, went to Pumori Camp 1.  Pumori is one of the beautiful mountains around base camp. Of course we didn’t go for the summit of that; it would be pretty technical. But going up to Camp 1 was good exercise and got us up to some altitude. It wasn’t the best day for being out in the hills. It was kind of snowy and gray but we made a good outing out of it. And then had an easy afternoon back here at base camp, so everything’s going well. The base camp is filling up. Lots of teams coming in now. So it’s getting a little bit more like regular Everest season by now. All for today. We’ll keep in touch.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Prayer flags below Pumori. Photo: Jeff Martin View from Pumori C1. Photo: Dave Hahn Dave Hahn descending the Khumbu Icefall. Photo: Dave Hahn


Dave Hahn calls in after first time this season through the Khumbu Icefall.

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Mt. Everest: Mark Tucker Checking in after the Puja Ceremony

Posted by: Mark Tucker, Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello! Mark Tucker checking in from Everest Base Camp. We had a wonderful ceremony today. The puja altar was just as beautiful as it gets. A wonderful day. Just a real, pretty ceremony. Everybody in attendance and we all had a good time. So we packed up a lot a loads. We have our whole Sherpa staff heading up the hill to carry all the necessary provisions to get a great Camp 1 established. And our three super guides, Dave, Billy and JJ, are going to go get their feet wet and check on the route and check on the camp and get things looking up-to-snuff for the rest of the western team. We will do some maintenance down here- a little bit of hiking, maybe a shower day. We have plenty to do to prep ourselves for the near future. We are going to be up real early and get these boys off to work on their commute to Camp 1 tomorrow. So all is well and like I said, we had a really nice day.  We’ll check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Everest BC - Puja ceremony. Photo: RMI Collection Raising the mast at a puja ceremony. Photo: RMI Collection Puja lamas and drum. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in after the puja ceremony.

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James and Team;
Good to hear the important Puja ceremony is over and ready to move uphill to the First camp. Be safe and stay healthy. BC

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Posted by: bc on 4/10/2014 at 12:14 pm


Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team Enjoy Jungle Gym Training

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

This is Dave Hahn, calling from Mt. Everest.  A great day for us today, our Sherpa team set up what we call a Jungle Gym, out in the glacier not far from Base Camp, a network of ladders and fixed ropes for us to practice on.  We made good use of that, we went out this morning for a session for a couple hours and then this afternoon as well. 
It was a pretty nice day here at Base Camp.  We are excited because Mark Tucker made his return, our Base Camp Manager is home. 
Everybody is doing really well we still basically have Base Camp to ourselves.  Most of the teams will be rolling in in the next few days, next week but today it was still pretty quiet and we were enjoying it.  All is good here and we will let you know what goes on tomorrow.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The sun setting on the peaks surrounding Everest Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from Everest Base Camp.

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

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ 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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Nicole and team
Aunt Ginny and I are with you every day.  Dave is a super guide and the team is wonderful.  Follow your dream to the top.
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Posted by: Marianne Rhodes on 4/7/2014 at 10:30 am


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

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ 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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Hi jimmy jumbo monkey boy ( a.k.a. Uncle James)
        Good luck on Everest

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Posted by: Audrey on 4/6/2014 at 9:38 am


Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Arrive in Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ 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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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Enjoy a Rest Day in Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ 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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