Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Departs Everest Base Camp

Posted by: Linden Mallory | March 27, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

The weather moved into Everest Base Camp yesterday afternoon, the clouds settling in around the peaks and snow beginning to fall. It continued to snow on and off again all evening and into the night. The weather did have a welcome side effect thought: the clouds above and snow on the tents made temperatures a bit warmer and it never got too cold last night. When we woke up this morning everything was blanketed in a couple of inches of fresh snow. We packed all of our gear up, said goodbye to the Sherpa team at Base Camp, and headed back down the valley.

The new snow on the trail actually made the walking on the glacier easier, filling in between all of the loose rocks and smoothing out the trail. After a cold morning in the shadows packing up, we quickly warmed up not long after Base Camp when the sun finally found us and we made good progress. We followed the trail back to Gorak Shep and onwards to Lobuche, where we stopped for lunch. Finally, we descended from the glaciers, rocks, and new snow above back down into the valley of Pheriche, reaching our tea-house here by late afternoon. It was a long day on the trail, with many miles to cover across difficult terrain at high altitudes, and the tea-house was a welcome sight when we finally reached it. The team was amazing today, toughing out the difficult sections of the trail and enduring the long final hours of walking to get here. We are all tired from the walk, and the many days up high, but happy to be here and heading downwards. We had a blast reading all of the comments on the Blog and want to thank everyone for their thoughts.

Tomorrow, part of the group continues descending to Namche as they make their way home while the Island Peak team heads up the neighboring Imja Khola Valley to Chukung, near the base of Island Peak, to begin our climb. We will check in tomorrow from Chukung. The connection up there is sporadic so we will likely be checking in via satellite phone for the next few days.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

The team playing horseshoes at Everest Base Camp yesterday. Photo: Linden Mallory Looking back towards Base Camp under the new snow.  Photo: Linden Mallory The team walking through the moraine near Everest Base Camp this morning. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Corell and team, I just googled Island Peak…...WOW!! Go slow, be steady and dont look down! Im praying for a safe and successful climb. You are amazing and a lot braver than me! Ill be glad when you get home.XXOO,Nancy

Posted by: nancy on 3/28/2012 at 1:31 pm

So relieved to hear that all were well at Base and that you are headed back to Namche and Lucy, Corell and DM are on to Island. Please take care of yourselves and know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you. Truly amazing. Kathryn

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/28/2012 at 4:34 am

Lucy and team, we are all so impressed, proud, and generally in awe of you.  It’s great to see the hard work and all that effort pay off.  Island Peak doesn’t a chance!  Climb strong and stay safe.  Christopher is even more impressed with all of you since we showed him that Ed Viesturs is one of the RMI guides!  Love you and can’t wait to see you in 10 days!  carter

Posted by: Carter Sr, on 3/28/2012 at 3:58 am

Mom, So proud of you, can’t wait until back home with us.  We’re telling all our friends about your accomplishment.  You’re the greatest.  We miss you so much.  Love, Carter, walker and Christopher

Posted by: Carter, Walker and Chris on 3/28/2012 at 3:35 am

Way to go girls!  You rock.  See you in a few days. 
All well here.

Posted by: JWF on 3/27/2012 at 6:25 pm

Congrats ladies, we were all wondering what was up with the radio silence for a few days.  Loved reading the blogs from Linden and Dana Marie. 

Linden, get those three strong women up that little hill.

Can’t wait to see you all back home.  We miss you.

Posted by: John on 3/27/2012 at 5:14 pm

Congratulations on a hugely successful climb! Corell - I wish you were coming home with the others, but I know that you are excited about Island Peak. I expect you are fully acclimatized and well-tuned for the challenge by now. The boys and I are doing our daily devotionals in support. We look forward to hearing more about Island Peak. Take care Beautiful. You’re the best! Christian and Thurston send their love and say “Go Mom!”

Posted by: Thurston on 3/27/2012 at 2:31 pm

Sending love and vibes to Laura and the group from Greensboro, NC!  Unbelievable!

Posted by: Karrie Jo Manson on 3/27/2012 at 1:15 pm

Welcome back to kinder and gentler altitudes.  Sounds like you all had a tough but great day.  Renee, I got a wonderful Birthday Surprise from you today.  Wow, climbing in the Himalayas and sending singing birthday girls 3/4 of the way around the world.  Now that’s multi-tasking!  We love all of you and can’t wait to hear your tales of adventure in person.  Good luck Lucy, Correll and Dana Marie.  You won’t need it because you are in tip top shape. Enjoy the ride!

Posted by: Hugh on 3/27/2012 at 10:39 am

P.S.!!!  One more thing…

Cindy xoxoxo

Posted by: Cindy N. on 3/27/2012 at 9:26 am

If I have to post bail for another one of your kids…  When did you let them get the tattoos and the piercings?  and the goth look? 
Hey everyone…CONGRATS!!!  You rock.  Period. 
Linden, it was great to hear your (relieved) voice and can’t wait to hear everyone elses.  Please promise you’ll take good care of Dana Marie, Correll & Lucy on the next leg.  I have not 1 but 2 rosaries working simultaneously. 
Safe travels back as we are all anxiously awaiting your arrival home.
xoxo Cindy

Posted by: Cindy N. on 3/27/2012 at 9:17 am

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