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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team on their Descent to Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 14,000'

Hey Mark Tucker checking in from Pheriche down here in the lowlands of 14,000’. Well the team got up and had a nice breakfast in beautiful, beautiful weather. We said good-bye to the crew at Base Camp. It was really fun sharing the expedition experience with these guys.  We had a really good time and were well taken care of. We were sad to leave Jeff Martin, our Operations Manager, all alone up there, but he’s going to be fine. We had a big day today though. Went through Gorak Shep and Lobuche so it was quite a trek for the team. They all did well and the mountain at the last bit threw at us a pretty good snow squall. And for this group of Floridians, the preparation and our great training over the last couple of weeks here, we survived. It was not that bad but it was a fun experience and boy we’re going to share these stories. Whatever they say, I’ll agree with them. Those numbers change when they get back home but I will verify it. So we’re all doing well. The other RMI team, the climbing team, is here as well. It’s been great to rub shoulders with them and these guys are getting to know them as well. So we are all hanging tough. More downhill and up tomorrow, where we’ll end up in Namche Bazaar. Thank you for following.

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Himalaya Panorama. Photo: Dave Hahn Hiking with Ama Dablam in the background. Photo: Dave Hahn An RMI team descending past prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection


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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Check in from Base Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Hey Mark Tucker at Everest Base Camp, checking in.  Woke up to clear blue, not a cloud in the sky. Here in the early evening, we’ve got a little light snow- not unusual. The team is doing well. We had a very productive day: some showers, lots of writing, reading… I don’t know about arithmetic, lots of photos, and a venture into the Icefall. We are sharing our camp with Jeff Martin, the RMI Operations Manager. It’s a pleasure he is setting everything up for the team that’s coming in. Actually the bags that went straight from Kathmandu to Base Camp just arrived for the climbing team. I’m sure they are posting on the website. But their gear is all here and that is always a nice thing. A little bit chilly, as you can imagine. My hands are freezing on this phone but we are going to duck into the dining tent where we will have another three to five course meal and have a little heater in there. Play a little bit of cards and relax and we are already gearing up for tomorrow. Our descent will begin back back towards Lukla. So we are keeping that fresh in our mind. Everybody is doing well and thanks for following. We’ll talk later.

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RMI's Base Camp on Everest. Photo: Linden Mallory


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

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,500'

Hi,

It’s Mark Tucker here checking in with Rainier Mountaineering’s Everest Base Camp Trek,  17,500’ feet beautiful Mt. Everest. The Team did a bang’em up job and pulled in here in great shape. We are being treated well.  We’ve got fine tents, and lots of luxuries. We are going to spend two nights here.  Tomorrow will be a great day for investigating and poking around this historic site.  We are just so psyched, this team took on a big challenge to get here and we are very thrilled.

YEE HA! We will be checking in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Evening Light at RMI Base Camp. RMI Photo Collection


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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Check in from Gorak Shep

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Mark Tucker checking in today from Gorak Shep, at about 17,000’ feet. We had a nice hike today with the wonderful weather holding on for us - feeling lucky! We pushed on after we had lunch and got the summit of Kala Patar just over 18,000’ feet, right around sunset. The big “E” popped it’s top out a couple of times, beautiful colors with an alpine glow, windy, and cold. I am standing outside right now and it is chilly up here!  I am looking at about 500 million stars, just a beautiful night aside from cold.

Everybody is tucked in and we are going to get up and rock-n-roll for Base Camp tomorrow. That’s the plan, hope it all holds true.

All the best to everybody and we will be keeping you posted!

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Hiking to Kala Patar. RMI Photo Collection


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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team in Lobuche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,175'

Oh my goodness! We must be so far out there. No cell service, no internet, no wifi. How are we gonna get by? Just fine. That’s what I can tell you. The team’s doing well. We are up here at Lobuche. Had a nice walk up.  Fine weather, a little overcast now.  Chilly, chilly up here at 16,000’. We are happy to be here in good shape. We are checking in by satellite phone, so we can still be connected. We appreciate everyone following along. Hopefully tomorrow we will move up to Gorak Shep where I think we may have some connectivity, and I may be able to send some fabulous pictures from the jaunt up the hill today.  We will check in again.

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Lateral moraine along trail to Lobuche. Photo: RMI Collection Spectacular scenic vistas. Photo: RMI Collection


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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Rest Day In Pheriche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

We had a nice dinner, cool temps in the rooms for sleeping, a pleasant night for all. A leisurely breakfast led into a nice hike with grand views as you can imagine. The team pushed up well over 14,000 feet  to get the heart and lungs moving. We then returned to our tea house for lunch, and then off to the altitude lecture at the near by clinic. Great insight from doctors offering good info. The team pooled a nice donation for the cause and even came away with a few more souvenirs. It all ended with a little down time relaxing. As they say a pictures says a thousand words!

We are all doing well and plan to move up to Loboche tomorrow, if all seems right.

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Team on Acclimatization Hike. Photo: Mark Tucker Women Gathering Yak Dung. Photo: Mark Tucker Team Enjoys some R&R.  Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team arrive in Pheriche

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

We experienced the normal sadness about leaving trees today but the thrill of life at high altitude is plenty a replacement. We enjoyed good weather all day, just a bit chilly pulling into Pheriche, our home for the next two nights, at about 14,000 ft it was to be expected. The team was fortunate to visit Lama Geshi in Pangboche. A chant and a blessing for each sent the group out the door in high spirits.

Our path was diverted slightly as a bridge had collapsed.  How many times I have crossed that span thinking it had another twenty years of life in it? Not so. The detour was a pleasant stroll by the river with yet another great photo opp on the new bridge. Wishing you all the best

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Team on the trail to Pheriche, Photo: Mark Tucker Team on the new bridge. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Visit the Tengboche Monastery

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

The team did fine work of packing up, grabbing a quick breakfast then good-bye Namche. Hello to Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Teboche, Cholatse, which are just a few peaks between 20,000’ and 27,000’. Of course, the big one, Mt. Everest at 29,035’ was also out in full bloom under clear skies and warm temperatures.  No we didn’t climb any of them, just enjoyed them from afar.  Another great job by the A team. Tackled the Tengboche Hill in fine style and just as we arrived at the infamous monastery, a monk began blowing through a giant conch shell announcing the afternoon prayer.  We abandoned our boots at the entrance and spent some time in the ornate sanctuary listening to them chant. A few nice photos and twenty minutes down the hill to the Rivendale Tea House for the night. A full day to say the least.

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Trekking to Tengboche with Mt. Everest in the background. Photo: Mark Tucker The team at the entrance to the infamous Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Mark Tucker Team Tucker at the Tengboche entrance. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Venture Out and Above Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

What a nice day for the team. Really the first time to catch our breath and that is not an easy task here at 11,000ft. After the whirlwind tour of Kathmandu, a flight into the mountains, and a big hike yesterday, what a nice option to take it easy today. We still cut a swath through Namche Bazaar, invested in the local economy and even stretched our legs a bit. Recharging our physical and gadgetry batteries was the focus of the day.

One highlight was a trip to the local museum. It had three viewing areas: one being a typical Sherpa home with all the furnishings, another of Sherpa history and culture, and a room full of Everest history, fantastic photos and early expedition gear.

The team has been behaving well and enjoying all the support of our local outfitter, High Altitude Dreams, and the fantastic staff here at our Tea house in Namche, Camp de Base. We all feel so lucky to spend this time with these wonderful people.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The team hiking above Namche, posing in front of Mt. Everest. Photo: Mark Tucker Photo stop above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker Visiting a museum in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

The team had a very nice rest after our last night in Kathmandu. The city was a hoot, but back here in the high country is tough to beat.

All business today.  After a nice breakfast of French toast, guess we should call it Nepali toast, we started ascending to Namche Bazaar. A little overcast made for pleasant travel.  We are now officially in Sagamartha National Park, which encompasses Mount Everest. We climbed more than 2,000 feet in great style and are now resting comfortably at a tea house in Namche Bazaar. Located at over 11,000 feet makes for a planned extra day here for rest and adjusting to these altitudes. So important to not ascend too quickly. The A team is consuming a lot of great food, but that is a good thing.  Remember you can’t run a bulldozer on a pint of diesel!

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Team on a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team at the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker Jorsali lunch in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker

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