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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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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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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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team View Wildlife

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

The day went like clockwork. We had a great breakfast and then hopped in our vehicles for a short drive to the entrance of the Ngorongoro National Park.  The day was cloudy and cool to start, but by the time we descended some two thousand feet, to floor of the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world, the sun was a shining. I would guess that we only saw about 20% of the 30,000 animals that live in the crater.  On our way back to the amazing Plantation Lodge for another night we stopped into a Masai Village for a tour and some special shopping options. Tomorrow brings us to the home of more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world, Tarangire National Park. Somebody has to do it, wish you were here.

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Team enjoying breakfast. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker checking in. All is going as planned. Gotta love it. Had a very nice sleep in a bed with a big, cozy down blanket last night. Tough to miss the tent time high up the hill, but, suffer we must. Another great breakfast for the team. Our safari Landcruisers were readied last night so all we needed was a quick gear adjustment. We left most of our stuff back at the Dik Dik where we will stop by en route to our international flights in a few nights. On the way here to the fabulous Lake Manyara National Park, we stopped at a shop for a few snacks and had a fabulous time. We are located at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment where we saw all sorts of animals: giraffes, baboon, [lost connection] and birds. We are now at the Plantation Lodge for two nights. Tomorrow we travel to the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Giraffes at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Day 1 of their Safari.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebration Time

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We were up early, slammed a quick breakfast then had a fun gathering of local staff and rewarded all of them with financial bonuses.This crew took great care of us while on the mountain, it felt really good to show our appreciation. A few hour descent to the park gate, a couple hour drive time watching the daily routine out the window of our monster truck and here we are. Back to hot showers and clean clothes. We just finished a dinner of fondue and topped it off with a bunch of summit certificates handed out to a group of well-deserving mountain climbers.

More excitement ahead as we repack for the game viewing safari we start tomorrow. A great trip just keeps getting better.

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Tucker and team pose for a group photo after their successful climb. Photo: Mark Tucker Team Tucker Connected at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Mark Tucker

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