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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


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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)

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Nuptse from Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Greeted by Specatular Views on Pheriche Rest Day

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,950'

A great day at 14,000 ft and above.  In the pattern we’ve come to expect, it was all blue sky and sunshine to start the day and then cloudy and even a bit snowy to end the day.  But we made excellent use of the sunny and calm morning to go for a hike about 1,200 ft up on the hills behind Pheriche.  Right off the bat, we enjoyed views of the sixth, fifth and fourth highest mountains in the world.  Everest is now hidden from our view by Nuptse, and that will continue until we are above our final tea house in Lobuche, but Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse were trying their utmost to make us forget our central goal of the trip.  They had to fight it out with closer giants like Ama Dablam, Towoche, and Cholatse.  Giant eagle/vultures cruised overhead as we climbed, hoping we’d leave one or two climbers behind, but everybody kept up just fine and the birds went hungry.  We took a bunch of hero shots at our high point and beat feet back down to our luxurious digs in Pheriche.  In the afternoon, the team strolled next door to receive an excellent lecture on altitude illness given by one of the docs of the Himalayan Rescue Association.  The dining room was not nearly as busy as it had been yesterday and the team enjoyed slightly better internet connectivity through the late afternoon and evening.  And that is good, since we don’t expect much web surfing in Lobuche for the next couple of nights.  We’ll try to get our progress out if possible, but of course -no news from us is good news.

Mark Tucker, our soon-to-be basecamp manager, brought his basecamp trekking team back down to Pheriche as planned today.  Nice to see him and his gang.  We’ll say goodbye to him in the morning as he continues guiding his folks back down to Lukla before sprinting back up to be with us.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Spectacular vistas seen by the 2014 Everest team hiking above Pheriche. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team resting at their acclimating high point (15,200')  for the day. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Reach Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | April 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 14,000'

The RMI Everest climbing team reached Pheriche today.  Our last evening and morning down in the trees of Deboche went well enough and everybody was feeling strong and in good spirits this morning.  We set out in bright sunshine with a big blue sky at 8:30 AM.  Yesterday, in traveling the same trail to reach Pangboche we ended up in a huge yak traffic jam where a steel truss bridge had recently collapsed into the river and a detour needed to be negotiated.  Today, the yaks were elsewhere and the trail was blissfully quiet.  We made pretty good time, cruising along above the North bank of the Imja Khosi while steadily gaining altitude.  The trees were pretty much played out a little above Pangboche at perhaps 13,500 ft and the character of the terrain changed.  We took several short breaks alongside the trail and arrived by noon at Pheriche at 14,000 ft.  Our tea house for the night (and tomorrow night as well) is quite popular, “modern” and spacious… a bit of a contrast from the more low key and traditional place we stayed in at Deboche.  There are at least 75 other people sharing the dining hall and lodge, some are climbers and guides that we know from other mountains, some are trekkers, many are climbing sherpas.  We were all happy to be sitting around a warm stove, indoors, as the clouds rolled in and it got nasty and cold in the late afternoon.  It is far too many people for the capacity of the WiFi system, but we are plenty happy to be connected again at any speed.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Top of Pheriche Pass. Photo: RMI Collection Rows of Mani Stones between Deboche and Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Teahouse in Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team visit Lama Geyshe

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

This is Dave Hahn Calling in from the Mt. Everest Climb. We are spending our second night here Deboche tonight. We weren’t able to send out email from here, that’s why you haven’t heard from us, but all is well. Today was our rest day here.  What did was we hiked over to Tengboche and got our blessing from Lama Geshi, a blessing for attempting the mountain.  That was a great time; we went out lunch in Tengboche afterward and came back here in the afternoon. Everybody is going really well.

Tomorrow it is our intention is to move up to Pheriche. We hope we will have email communication then.

Take care for now, Bye.

RMI Guides Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent & Team

Lama Geyshe. RMI Photo Collection Lama Geyshe writes a prayer. RMI Photo Collection


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Stroll Into Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

We moved up-valley to Deboche today.  Morning in Namche was pleasant but we had places to go and things to see.  We hit the trail by 8:30 and walked easily along the traverse trail leaving town.  At first we were mixed in with a few trekking groups and strings of pack animals, but after a little while we had the trail to ourselves.  We’d have loved to have been able to hang on to our hard-won altitude, but it was necessary to give plenty of it back as we needed to drop all the way down to the river to get across and take on the Thyangboche Hill.  We worked slow-and-steady up the hillside trail, gaining about fifteen hundred vertical feet in an hour and a half.  Along the way, we got great views of Kangtega with its giant walls of rock topped by hanging glaciers, but these views were surpassed when we reached the hilltop and saw Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam spread out before us and doing battle with the wind and clouds.  Thyangboche Monastery sat like a palace at the ridge crest behind elaborate and ornate gates.  We took our packs off for a few minutes and tried to take it all in, but we were only twenty minutes walk from Deboche at this point and lunch had taken on great importance to the team, so we shouldered packs once more and set off down through the rhododendron forests to our lodge at 12,200 ft above sea level.

The afternoon passed with food and naps and a break from the distractions of the internet, since WiFi was not readily available.  We are not quite in the wilderness yet, but we can see it from here.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Looking towards Everest on the trail from Namche. Photo: Linden Mallory Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team Rest Day in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman | March 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,200'

This was our easy day in Namche.  No big hikes, no packing, no training… this one was for resting, for catching up on personal business and for exploring the Sherpa capital at one’s leisure.  Above this point in the trek/climb, we won’t have such ease of communication and certainly not the opportunity to shop for good climbing gear.  There was some important business to attend to though as Chhering Dorje, Lam Babu and I went to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee office to review procedures and policies for getting garbage down the mountain.  We signed our sincere intention to play by the rules.

Some of the team traveled several hundred feet up in altitude to the Namche suburbs in order to visit the fine Sherpa Culture Museum with its fascinating Everest history exhibit.  Some went for massages and cheeseburgers downtown.

As the gang assembled for dinner in the early evening, we were pleased to find that Apa Sherpa was sharing our Tea House for the night.  Apa, the all-time leader in Everest summits -with 21- is bringing a trek in to explore the Khumbu. 

All of the RMI climbers and guides are healthy and well-rested.  Tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and go higher once again.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Dave Hahn talking with the team in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team exploring Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent The Everest team heads above Namche Bazaar to explore for the day. Photo: Billy Nugent Views above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn and Team Rest and Enjoy the Views

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,200'

As planned, today was our hiking and acclimatizing day at Namche.  Since we are now well and truly “at altitude” it pays to go slowly.  We’ll actually spend three nights here at 11,200 feet before ratcheting up the sleeping altitude again.  Light exercise on such days can enhance acclimatization, and so we went for a fine hike.  First, we climbed straight up and out of Namche to reach Syangboche, at close to 12,000 ft, then we moved East to gain ridiculously good views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest.  Combined with the already insane vistas to our South and West of Thamserku and Quangde, respectively, it was nearly overwhelming… too much to fully take in.  So we walked to the Everest View Hotel, sat on an open terrace and sipped hot lemon juice while pondering the view.  It looked quite windy and nasty up high on Lhotse and Everest (Nobody tries to summit in March for good reason) but where we sat it was sunny and calm.  We then walked over for lunch in the village of Khumjung and finally up to Khunde before crossing the forested ridge line once again for Namche.

It was a great stretch of the legs and lungs on uncrowded and garden-like trails.  The afternoon back down in Namche then seemed just perfectly made for napping.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Team Hikes above Namache. Photo Dave Hahn Team Enjoys Views of the Himalaya Range. Photo Dave Hahn Rest break with a view! Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn & Team arrive in Namache Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Billy Nugent, JJ Justman | March 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Yesterday’s clouds drifted away in the night.  We woke to crystal clear skies over Phakding and unimpeded views of giant snow-covered mountains.  After a fine breakfast, the gang was on the trail just after 8:30 AM.  Although I’d warned over and over that the trail would be busy with trekkers, porters and pack animals, we had it pretty much to ourselves.  The trail wound up and down along the constant whitewater of the Dudh Khosi.  We strolled through pine forests and picturesque farmland at the bottom of a deep gorge.  We entered Sagarmatha National Park and stopped for lunch in the small village of Jorsalle, sitting outside in the sunshine.  Then it was all business, up through the big trees and the big hills leading to Namche Bazaar.  A new suspension bridge had been built at the foot of the big hill, taking us hundreds of feet in the air across the gorge.  The team went at the final hill with gusto, taking a break partway up to enjoy the first distant glimpses of Mount Everest.

We rolled into Namche and our home for the next three nights at about 2:30 PM, leaving plenty of time for naps, shopping and internet.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Everest 2014 team arrives in Namache Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent Dave Hahn by the Prayer Wheels in Namache Bazaar. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Mount Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Safely Land in Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 8,700'

Yesterday was a whirlwind marathon of packing and prepping in the chaos of Kathmandu.  This morning was the staccato hurry up and wait of getting up and out to the airport and hanging to see if the weather would permit flying.  Flying conditions weren’t perfect when we got through security at the domestic terminal in Kathmandu.  We ended up waiting several hours -swilling coffee, listening to music and people watching- until the pilots felt good about taking off for Lukla.  Once up and out of the smog layers of the Kathmandu Valley, we were treated to stupendous views of the Himalaya.  Those with port-side window seats could pick out Mt. Everest as the flight progressed.  But we were only up about 45 minutes before the pilots put the Twin Otter into a dive.  They had Lukla’s crazy-angled airstrip in their sites and it was clear from the steep mountain walls all around that this was our one shot at parking the plane.  Heart rates shot up, cameras were clicked on and the wheels touched down perfectly.

A few minutes later, we were out of the plane and sitting in a quiet Tea House in the lower Khumbu Valley.  We ate a leisurely lunch and got walking up valley.  It only took a bit more than three hours to reach Phakding And Joe’s Garden… Our lodge for the night.  By that point, things had clouded over, but our luck held and the rain didn’t fall.

The team ate dinner and bedded down to the soothing sounds of the nearby river churning through endless rapids.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The 2014 RMI Everest Expedition group photo as they leave Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn The world-renowned Lukla Airstrip. Photo: Jeff Martin

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