Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Summit Kala Patar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

What a day!  Easy climb up to Gorak Shep where lunch and rooms were waiting for us. Took a nice break then it was Kala Patar. Perfect conditions up the 1,400 ft climb to the summit. We timed it to be on top at sunset and just a bit of descent in the dark with headlamps, what an adventure. A good physical challenge for the team but perfect technique and perseverance paid off. Can’t tell you how many times I have done this climb, it never gets old, and is always a thrill. The view of Mount Everest does not get any better than from that vantage point, no wind and clear cannot be beat. For me to look up at the summit and think of all the time and effort I have spent over the years on that beast,  brings me so much emotion it is hard to convey. The connection you make after you summit Mount Everest is a bond forever. I take pride in sharing what I have learned through my 15 expeditions over here with every team. I felt the mountain helping me, while also keeping tabs.  Base Camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Thank you for telling about your climb to the summit of Kala Patar…it sounds like something I would like to summit for the awesome view of Mt. Everest.  I’m adding it to my list of things to do when I do my EBC trek…as long as it’s not a technical climb.

Posted by: Lynn Via on 3/31/2013 at 6:36 pm

Mt. Everest will be forever blessed now that you have flown the Notre Dame Leprechaun and McMunn’s flags, as you promised. So proud of you, Billy.

Posted by: Dee Brown on 3/31/2013 at 6:33 pm

L & P- Congrats on Kala Patar!!  YEA!  Hope you don’t have any problems with finding eggs in the snow at BC.  Do they have great big Snowshoe Bunnies there?  Gads this is exciting!! D. is following every step and getting more excited!  Thanks Mark for the notes and pics….Love and congrats to you all!!
Much love- G & M

Posted by: Gretchen & Mike on 3/31/2013 at 12:15 pm

Congratulations, everyone, especially to Pete and Liesl.  Everest looked beautiful!  Hope you all are enjoying base camp today.

Posted by: Jo Ann, John, and Mom on 3/31/2013 at 11:37 am

Why no IU or Purdue flag? Looks awesome!

Posted by: Andrew Vitale on 3/31/2013 at 10:39 am

Way to go, Dad!! Amazing pictures too!

Posted by: Scott Hill on 3/31/2013 at 8:34 am

I’m so proud of you, Dad! Stay strong! I love you!

Posted by: Courtney Froelich on 3/31/2013 at 6:21 am

Sorry the whole team did not make it.  Better food next time.

Posted by: Brenda Barnard on 3/30/2013 at 5:54 pm

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