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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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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.

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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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Everest Base Camp Trek:  Mark Tucker & Team Fly to Lukla and start the trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

After an early start this morning from the hotel in Kathmandu, the team boarded a plane to Lukla.  Then the trek began. We met our Sherpa team and began our trek to Everest Base Camp with a hike along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding. The weather was very nice for hiking today.  Now, we are checked in at our first tea house of the trip.  We are excited to have stretched our legs a bit and arrived in the mountains.

We will check in tomorrow from Namche Bazarre.

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Landing at the Lukla Airport, Khumbu Valley, Nepal.  Photo: RMI Collection Trekking to Phakding along the Dudh Kosi River.  Photo: RMI Collection Susan  Roberts Shout out to Ms. Hixon's 4th grade class! Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team Arrive in Kathmandu

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Jackpot! Feeling like Mr. T with his A Team.  My amazing team and all our gear arrived in Kathmandu.  All our boxes are checked, i.e. orientation meeting, equipment check, city tour and it is pouring rain in Kathmandu.  Despite the rain, we had way too much fun experiencing the culture today in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  We took many photos along our journey through the city and are getting to know each other a long the way.

Now that we feel ready to embark on our next part of our expedition, we’ll sign off for the night and go find some pizza in town for dinner.

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The 2014 Spring Everest BC Trek Team. Photo: Mark Tucker The team poses in front of the infamous Monkey Temple. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team posing for the camera in Kathmandu. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Flying Home Today

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker checking in. We are presently located at the airport, Kilimanjaro International. Great views of the mountain on the way here. We spent a few hours on the road today. Got through Tarangire one last time, saw many animals as expected. Had a lovely snack at the fabulous Dik Dik Resort, hot showers, and everybody is good to go. We are winging our way back home. Looking forward to seeing everybody in the states. Thanks for following the trip.

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RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team visit Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Well known for its river valleys, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands, and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We are here at the Tarangire National Park which is one of my favorites. Perfect conditions weather wise during the game drive today. Wide open spaces and views to behold. Here we are at the Kikoti Luxury tent camp for the night after a great game drive through the park. I was just escorted to my tent by a man with a Rifle and another with a spear. Not uncommon for night movement while living in the bush.

Sure hope I survive the night so I can report in tomorrow.

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Team Members Enjoy the camp fire. Photo: Mark Tucker The Kikoti Lodge. RIM  Photo Collection

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