Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn Reflects on Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Mt. Everest
Dave Hahn here calling in from 21,300’ on Mount Everest, Advanced Base Camp. A big day for us. We went as planned up on the Lhotse Face. We went to 23,500’, very nearly to where our Camp 3 is gonna be, just short of that. A good day out on the Face. We broke Dan Johnson’s altitude record. We didn’t quite break Seth’s or mine. But really nice to be climbing up on the Lhotse Face and a beautiful day. And from way up there, looking at Everest, the top of Everest and the plume blowing off, it was impossible not think of the day that Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, two of our heroes, summitted the mountain 50 years ago in a big cloud and snow plume, in high winds. But pretty remarkable anniversary and neat to be around the mountain for that anniversary. We are definitely thinking of that incredible accomplishment 50 years ago, but also our own incredible accomplishment today. It felt really good getting up there and getting back down. And as well, a number of Sherpas, from various teams got together and fixed rope all the way to the South Col today. So rope is fixed to 8,000 meters and that is pretty much opening the door for summit bids. May is here and it’s all gonna start happening. But we’re pretty psyched with what we accomplished on this round. We’re headed down in the morning and looking forward to the comforts of Base camp. Bye for now.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in from Advanced Basecamp.