Everest Base Camp Trek: Arrive at Island Peak Base Camp

Posted by: Linden Mallory | March 29, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,685'

Hey RMI, this is Linden Mallory calling from Island Peak Base Camp. We left Chukung and walked up to the head of Imja Khola Valley right at the base of Island Peak here.  Surrounded by Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, it’s a pretty incredible place. Got in midday. We had a little bit of wind and a very, very trace amounts of new snow that came in late afternoon but they are clearing up right now as I call. And we are doing well. Bit chilly up here but otherwise everything is stellar. We move up to high camp tomorrow in midday in preparations of our summit bid tomorrow night. So we will check in from high camp. Hope everyone is doing well and we’ll talk to you soon. Thanks.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

Hiking in the Imja Khola Valley with Ama Dablam in the background.

Linden calls in from Island Peak Base Camp.

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Very impressive.  I’ve been telling everyone at Princeton about your progress, and they all think that you are so cool.  Elise and I were hanging out last, and we decided that we must have the toughest, most adventurous moms in the world.  Good luck with the summit tonight.

Ireland was great.  We trained with coaches from the professional team in Galway, and everyone improved as players. We went 1-1 in our games.  We won against a team of men who were about your age.  Their fly half was, in his prime, the fly half for the Irish national team.  But he was no match for the young Americans.  The young Irish, on the other hand, did just fine against us.  It was a close match, but their skills were much better than ours.

It was fun to go back to some of the same sights that we went to eight years ago now.  We went to the Cliffs of Moher, and the burren. I built up enough courage to sit on the edge of the cliffs with my legs hanging over.  It’s nothing compared to the heights that you’re reaching, but it was my own little Everest experience in Ireland. And I read my Lenten Confessional every day.

I love you, Mom.  I’m proud of you.  I wish I could be there.

Posted by: Philip on 3/30/2012 at 9:35 am

a little bit chilly?  I bet it is FREEZING.

Good luck team

Posted by: john on 3/30/2012 at 4:02 am

Tu es manqué

Posted by: Porcupine on 3/29/2012 at 6:51 pm

Great job!! 16,685’ probably feels like flatland to you superstars by now. I expect Corell might even take a jog this afternoon. Thanks for the Satphone report. I know that you are excited about High Camp and then the Summit. Go team Imja Tse!

Posted by: Thurston on 3/29/2012 at 1:38 pm

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