RMI Guide Alex Barber Annapurna Update

Posted by: Alex Barber | March 28, 2015
Categories: *Guide News

Annapurna Expedition 3/26 update

In Tatopani tonight, we made several attempts to fly into Annapurna Base Camp today through low visibility and heavy rain. The low visibility prevented us from touching down though. Flying with less than 1,000 m visibility is quite hazardous with cliffs rising high above all around you. Hopefully with the more stable weather in the morning we will be able to fly into Base Camp tomorrow. For now our Helicopter is parked in a rudimentary soccer field in the small village of Tatopani. Pretty comical and has created quite the stir among the local population.

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The helicopter waits in Tatopani hoping for better weather to fly to Annapurna Base Camp.  Photo: Alex Barber

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Enjoys Rest Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

It’s snowing up here!

Today was a rest day here in Pheriche, and we went on a short acclimatization hike to 15,500’ to take in the views. We set a new altitude record for some and even managed to see Island Peak down the neighboring valley.

The weather started clear once again but quickly turned to clouds and even began snowing a little bit right after we made it back and had lunch. At 3 pm the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), which is a very small and seasonal hospital had a talk on Acclimatizing which we sat in on.

We wrapped up the evening with another wonderful meal here at the Himalayan Lodge in Pheriche and a few more games of Cribbage.

All is well and everyone is feeling well and in good spirits.

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The RMI Everest Base Camp Team Trekking above Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom Pheriche tea house nestled among the hills. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest: Team Enjoys Rest day in Namche to Relax and Explore

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Today was an easy one; rest and relaxation plus a little hiking and exploring.  We are staying in Namche for three nights in order to get used to the altitude.  Early wake up was optional, giving a chance to swill a little 6 AM coffee before hiking to the top of town in order to see daybreak and a first look at Mount Everest.  The mountain didn’t disappoint.  The first rays of sunshine turned summit after summit into golden monuments around us, but our eyes kept returning to Everest… still about thirty miles away, but regal nonetheless.  Those who slept in hoped to see the mountains a little later as we day-hiked up to the “Everest-View Hotel” but by then the clouds had rolled in and obscured the great range.  We hiked on to the village of Khumjung and then made a circuit of things, crossing the misty ridge one more time to return to Namche.  The gang was back at the hotel in early afternoon, just before rain began to fall.  That made it pretty easy to lie in and relax away the afternoon, although some made their way down to check out Namche’s well-regarded bakeries.

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RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An early wake up to watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest.  Photo: Dave Hahn The RMI Everest Team enjoying some acclimatization days in Namche.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Visits Lama Geshi in Pangboche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Namaste everyone

We certainly feel blessed with the weather we’ve been having, as today was another beautiful day.

Our daily routine has been breakfast at 7:30 or 8 and hitting the trail generally no later than 9. Then we hike 30-40 minute intervals until lunch, then head back out until we reach camp. Today was a little different as we stopped off to visit Lama Geshe who lives in Pangboche. He is a very high ranking Lama and generally gives blessing to the climbers and Sherpas headed to Everest, most of whom won’t climb without his blessing.

After our visit with the Lama we finished up our hike pulling into another village that sits along this ever winding path to Everest. Pheriche is where we are and where we will spend a few days to acclimatize as we have finally reached the 14,000 ft mark.

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The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek Team en route to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp Team on the trail to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom

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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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  • The helicopter waits in Tatopani hoping for better weather to fly to Annapurna Base Camp.  Photo: Alex Barber
  • The RMI Everest Base Camp Team Trekking above Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Pheriche tea house nestled among the hills. Photo: RMI Collection
  • An early wake up to watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI Everest Team enjoying some acclimatization days in Namche.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek Team en route to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Everest Base Camp Team on the trail to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • 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
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