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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team back in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone. We have finally made it back to the land of wifi!

It was a wonderful two days at Base Camp and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We bid farewell to everyone there and headed back down the valley to Pheriche. It was an incredibly busy day on the trail with hundreds of porters and yaks heavily burdened with their loads. The weather was pretty nice most of the way which was a treat after yesterday being so windy. We are relaxing in the dinning room here with dozens of climbers where it’s actually hot because of the stove fueled by nothing more than dried yak dung.

Enjoying the thick warm air!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Trail to Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom Team at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom The Crew enjoying a meal in the dining tent. Photo: Casey Grom

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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!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Hiking to Kala Patar. RMI Photo Collection


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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK & ISLAND PEAK: GROM & TEAM CHECK IN FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello Everybody,

This is Casey Grom checking in from Everest Base Camp. Our team actually arrived yesterday after making the summit of Kala Patar. Unfortunately we were not able to get a satellite call to let everyone know that we had safely arrived here. Everyone here is doing fantastic!

We woke up this morning to pretty blustery weather, but our wonderful cook Kumar actually got our hot shower up and running here. So it is nice for everyone to get a nice hot shower and just relax. This afternoon we went for a short walk from out camp down the start of the glacier where the route through the Kumbu Ice Fall starts.  That was a nice treat for everybody to get to walk down there and try and get an idea of where the route will go in.
Everyone is doing great; we are currently sitting down for dinner. Our game plan is to head back down to Pheriche and we should have cell service Wi-Fi once we get back down there. We are looking forward to getting back down there and will hopefully send pictures then.

Good Night Everybody!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew


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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 & Island Peak: Grom & Team Arrive Gorak Shep

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Hello everyone.
We’re still here. Just went through Loboche which is a little short on cell service, wifi and I even had trouble getting my sat phone to work.
The last couple of days have been really nice and strangely it seems to be getting warmer as we get higher. We hiked to Gorak Shep today and wanted to climb up Kala Patar but the evening swirling clouds have us waiting till tomorrow.
We are literarily a stones through from the Khumbu glacier and only about two hours from Mt. Everest Base Camp. Everyone seems to be doing well and we are so excite for Base camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Casey Grom Mt. Everest, 29,035'.  Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom

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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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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.

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 & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Take Another Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone.

Today we opted to take an additional rest day here in Pheriche.  There’s a cold going around and everyone could benefit from a little more acclimatization.  Most of us went on a hike to stretch our legs and lungs a bit.  It was one of the nicest days in the Khumbu yet, with plenty of sunshine and it was relatively warm today. 

After our hike we relaxed once again in the sunroom and played a bit of cribbage. Currently Travis and Sean are winning, but I think their luck is about to change.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and head further towards Everest Base Camp.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Acclimating hike out of Pheriche amongst spectacular views. Photo: Casey Grom Relaxing in the Pheriche Tea House sunroom. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team’s Rest Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello again from Pheriche.

Today was another well-deserved rest day for the team. After breakfast we contemplated going on a hike but the chilly temperatures and wind outside kept us inside pouring more coffee and relaxing in the nice warm sunroom. Everyone did a little exploring of this small village of about a dozen tea houses, some venturing further than others. At 3:00 pm we walked next door to the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) and sat in on a short, but informative, talk about altitude and travel issues. The HRA has small seasonal medical facility based here to treat climbers, trekkers, porters, and Sherpa that need help. It was established by the famous American doctor Peter Hacket in 1974.

Our evening was spent watching the local traffic of porters and yaks pass by loaded with gear for this climbing season.  Everyone is still in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Pheriche tea house nestled near the Himalaya's hillside. Photo: Casey Grom The team enjoying the warmth inside the Pheriche tea house. Photo: Casey Grom

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  • Island Peak's Headwall. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hiking above the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Team shopping in Namche at the end of the trek. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team posing in front of a blossoming tree near Namche. Photo: Mark Tucker
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  • Spectacular scenic vistas. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Mt. Everest, 29,035'.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team dinner en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team on Acclimatization Hike. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Women Gathering Yak Dung. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team Enjoys some R&R.  Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team on the trail to Pheriche, Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team on the new bridge. Photo: Mark Tucker
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  • The team at the entrance to the infamous Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team Tucker at the Tengboche entrance. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Acclimating hike out of Pheriche amongst spectacular views. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Relaxing in the Pheriche Tea House sunroom. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Pheriche tea house nestled near the Himalaya's hillside. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The team enjoying the warmth inside the Pheriche tea house. Photo: Casey Grom
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  • Photo stop above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Visiting a museum in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker