RMI Guide Alex Barber Begins His Personal Expedition to Annapurna

Posted by: Alex Barber | March 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches
Elevation: 4,383'

RMI Guide Alex Barber begins his solo / nO’s attempt on Annapurna:

The 24th of March around mid-day I made a turbulent landing into Kathmandu for my fourth 8000m expedition. The forecast for the next five days is showing two meters of snow… That combined with a large snowfall in late February has me nervous.  I worry that I will arrive to a dangerously loaded mountain, a mountain known for its frequent avalanches. But as of now I am sending my bags ahead to Tatopani. Tomorrow morning (27th) I’ll be taking a helicopter from Kathmandu to Tatopani and if weather permits I’ll be in base camp tomorrow afternoon.

For now, the focus will be to survive the congested streets of Kathmandu, as I make last minute purchases like fuel, food, lighters, etc.

RMI Guide Alex Barber riding a rickshaw in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Alex Barber Annapurna in Nepal stands 26,545ft.

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Alex, your living my dream! What you are attempting to do is extraordinary and just attempting such a climb makes you a legend in my book. Be safe and as… read more

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Trek into Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

One and all were singing the praises of Jo’s Garden in Phak Ding this morning.  After confusing days of travel and hustle and bustle and jet lag, it was wonderful to sleep deeply with the sound of whitewater from the nearby rushing river masking everything.  As is typical, it was a clear and crisp morning with plenty of blue sky when we started walking at 8:30 AM.  The first hour of our six-hour journey was spent either in forest or in the gardens that pass for farms along the river.  Magnolia and rhododendron were in bloom, but then so were the apple trees.  Before long we were looking up at the glaciers and impossibly steep ridges of Thamserku, perched several vertical miles in the sky.  Within a few hours we’d reached the National Park entrance at Jorsalle.  Then it was time for a relaxing lunch at the last of the teahouses before we crossed the river and got busy with the Namche Hill.  We crossed the ultra-high cable bridges near the start of the hill and then plugged away in the heat for several thousand feet of vertical gain through the pine forests.  At one point we heard the thunderous crashing of tons of ice cascading down the steep gullies on the opposite wall of the canyon.  Finally, we eased into the magical village of Namche Bazaar.  The town is built as a series of concentric half circles, facing the giant peak of Kwangde, across the valley.  We strolled through the tight “streets” (there are no cars and probably never will be) until we reached our hotel for the next three nights, Camp De Base.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Jo's Garden in Phakding, village before Namche Bazaar. Photo: Dave Hahn The Everest team trekking up Namche Hill. Photo: Dave Hahn View from Namche across the Valley to Kwangde. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Lovin’ the blog! It’s the first thing I check every morning and maybe several times throught out the day…yes, I know there is only one update per day. I’m enjoying… read more

Posted by: Tiff on 3/27/2015 at 4:48 am

One of my dreams is to see Everest in person. I came across your blog and was stoked to know that I could read as your team progresses towards the… read more

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Hikes from Namche to Deboche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

It was another beautiful day here in the Khumbu Valley, and finally we had our first views of Mt. Everest. Just above Namche you can see Everest far off in the distance, but still about 20-30 miles away. We hiked for about 5 hours today and made a quick stop at the Tengboche Monastery where we sat in on another prayer session.  Everyone is doing well

Keeping it short tonight as there’s not much wifi or cell service. Everything is running off of a generator that’s about to a shut off. Apparently a big snow storm this winter knocked out the hydroelectric power source. 

We’ll send more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Views of Everest and Lhotse as the team treks from Namche to Deboche. Photo: RMI Collection

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Tear it up!! You are doing something I always dreamed of doing.

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Mt. Everest: Team flies to Lukla and begins trek

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 8,700'

This is Dave Hahn with the RMI Everest team and we are calling you tonight from Phakding. We made the flight in this morning from Kathmandu into Lukla. Conditions were pretty clear once we got out of the smoke and smog of Kathmandu.  And we got a great view of the mountain. A beautiful day when we landed in Lukla and we got on the trail and were walking by about 9:30 this morning.  We reached Phakding and Joe’s Garden, our tea house by the river, at about 1 o’clock.  Quiet after noon, resting and relaxing down along the river among the pine trees.  Looking forward to tomorrow and a climb up the Namche Hill and our goal for tomorrow is to get to Namche.  We will keep you informed.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Dudh Kosi River which flows along Phakding.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from Phakding en route to Everest Base Camp.

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Go Tom Go! All’s well here, so keep your head down and GO!

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Posted by: kay and denny on 3/25/2015 at 1:58 pm

Safe travels to you all. The pictures are lovely! Sending my best vibes for your safe passage.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Spend the Day in Kathmandu

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 4,383'

The team got together several times today to eat, drink and discuss the trek and climb to come.  We enjoyed the comfortable calm, immaculately cared-for gardens but at other times, got out into the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu streets to run errands.  We were pleased that our bascamp manager, Mark Tucker, was able to fly into Lukla to begin working his way toward base, some 35 to 40 miles distant.  Most worked to get bags properly packed and organized for an early start in the morning.  As team leader, I was asked to stop by the legendary Elizabeth Hawley’s home office for my yearly interview as to the makeup of our team.  Miss Hawley has kept track of climbing in Nepal and Tibet for more than fifty years and has known every famous and want-to-be-famous climber along the way.
Jet lag remains a big challenge for the team, but our hope is that walking out in the fresh air of the Khumbu Valley will begin to work magic on us.
Fingers crossed for clear weather and smooth flying in the morning.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The busy streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Billy Nugent The streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom

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Bonny and Peter….

Checking in from sea level! We miss you down here. 

Peter, Happy Birthday up there in the clouds.
Bonnie, waiting for you at the… read more

Posted by: Suzy Kelly on 3/25/2015 at 5:32 pm

Larry,
I hope you and your team have an exciting and safe climb. I will be following your climb from sunny Tucson, AZ.
Don

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  • RMI Guide Alex Barber riding a rickshaw in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Alex Barber
  • Annapurna in Nepal stands 26,545ft.
  • Jo's Garden in Phakding, village before Namche Bazaar. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The Everest team trekking up Namche Hill. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • View from Namche across the Valley to Kwangde. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Views of Everest and Lhotse as the team treks from Namche to Deboche. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Dudh Kosi River which flows along Phakding.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The busy streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Billy Nugent
  • The streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Everest BC team day hike to Tamo Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Everest BC team visit the Tamo Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The trail leading back to Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Everest Climber, Peter Rogers, celebrates his birthday in Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The 2015 RMI Everest team meets for dinner in Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Everest BC team trekking toward Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Everest BC team stops for a photo along the trail to Namche. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Everest BC team crossing the Dudh Kosi River. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Everest BC team having dinner in Kathmandu. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Everest BC team boarding the plane in Kathmandu. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Arriving in Lukla, the entry to the Khumbu Valley and start of the trek to Everest Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI's Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Team site seeing in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Exploring in Kathmandu, Nepal before starting the trek to Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • An RMI Team on the summit of Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Chris Villar
  • El Pico de Orizaba above Tlachichuca, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • View while on the Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Descending from the toe of the Jampa Glacier on Orizaba. Photo: RMI Collection
  • El Pico de Orizaba, stands 18,701' in Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Exploring Puelba, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Mexico team climbing to Ixta High Camp. Photo: Christina Von Mertens
  • The Mexico team all smiles on a rest break climbing Ixtaccihuatl. Photo: Christina Von Mertens
  • Overlooking the historic streets of Puebla. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mike Walter on the way to the summit of the West Ridge of Mt. Forbidden, North Cascades, WA.   Courtesy Eli Berko
  • Rebecca Rosenweig on Aconcagua in Argentina. Photo: Rebecca Rosenweig
  • Popo seen from the flanks of Ixta, Mexico. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Vibrant market in Amecameca, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Views from the La Malinche trail in Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Views from the rocky summit of La Malinche. Photo: RMI Collection
  • February 21, 2015- RMI team on the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall