Mt. Everest Expedition: Team heads to Camp 1

Posted by: Mark Tucker | April 21, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello from Everest Base Camp,

This is my first chance to take a breath here at Base Camp. If you can call it that. Breathing here is always a challenge. It is crazy to think that with all the hard work Jeff Martin put in here at base camp prior to my arrival, it was still non-stop this whole last week.  However, the first big reward came today when RMI Guide Dave Hahn and company called down from Camp 1 reporting that all is well. We have the best of the best when it comes to a team of climbers. And the support we give them to make this climb a bit easier is very much a group effort from Kathmandu to the USA.

We had a wild thunder storm this afternoon with a trace of snow but the clouds have cleared and it is pretty clear now. The RMI team left Everest Base Camp at 5 a.m. this morning and made it to Camp 1 in under four hours. That is a very respectable time for the climb of almost three thousand feet. It looks like all the training paid off.

We had a nice dinner in the cook tent with the Sherpa team and I am looking forward to my favorite hot water bottle and a good night’s rest.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker, Melissa Arnot and Dave Hahn at Everest Base Camp.

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