Mt. Everest Expedition: RMI Guide Mark Tucker on Everest Basecamp 2011
Lots of teams carrying loads up the icefall today. This season, now in full swing. We had three Sherpa make the trip through the icefall today , one to C1 and two to C2.
Dave, Sara and Bill are doing a training run today, making a push up toward the first ladder in the icefall. This being just one of a few preliminary rotations.
Jeff Martin has started his journey home, leaving the team with all the tools and support information for a successful climb of Mount Everest. His effort will make living in this hostile environment so much more bearable, he truly is the unsung hero of this expedition.
Base Camp is pretty organized, the condition of our gear and available resources could not be better. Last year RMI made a huge investment into a solar power set up that would eliminate the need of a generator. So far it has been working flawlessly. With all the power needs to support the varied electronics, it’s a wonderful addition. The days of no news is good news is a thing of the past, so with the help of a very reliable power source, loads of computers, phones, and satellite communications devices, we will try our best to bring you solid information from this amazing place.
A bit chilly today with clouds above and below, actually good climbing conditions.You would be surprised how hot it can get on the glacier if it were sunny with no wind.
I feel very lucky to be a part of this team and really enjoy the view from my office. Always tough to be away from home for this length of time, looking forward to my return. For now, the thrill of the hunt for the summit of Mount Everest is so exciting that I can’t wait to see what wild events are in my future.
Lets have a great adventure together!
Everest Basecamp Coordinator