Mount Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Getting Going

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 4,383'

The 2014 RMI Expeditions Mount Everest climb has begun.  Slowly.  The seven climbers and three RMI guides made their separate ways around the globe- from Canada, from Poland, and from all corners of the United States, to convene in Kathmandu and get the party started.  All made it on schedule and with their luggage… a small miracle.  The team fought off jet lag long enough to accomplish a few important preliminary tasks.  With the help of Sagar -our Nepal agent, and Lam Babu, our Sirdar, we gathered at the Nepal Ministry of Tourism to receive our climbing permit and a short orientation slideshow from the ministers.  They emphasized how important it was to bring trash off the mountain and to treat others with respect.  They wished us luck and shook our hands.

Back at our comfy hotel, the venerable Yak and Yeti, we sat down together for a “welcome dinner” and discussed briefly our plan for getting down to business tomorrow morning when folks have rested and recovered sufficiently.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection The busy streets of Kathmandu. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Hi Billy and Team,

What an incredible opportunity and experience….I am so excited and proud for all of you….I know you have all trained hard for this one!  Be safe, smart, and thoughtful…

God Bless,  Uncle Michael

Posted by: Michael Nugent on 3/26/2014 at 7:25 am

Hi Kara and Team,
It is so reassuring to be able to follow your progress and know where you are at any given time. Kara has accumulated quite a fan base as she completes her 7th summit. She’s an inspiration to many. Tucker can’t wait to meet his Aunt Kara!
Love, Dixie

Posted by: Dixie Trunko on 3/26/2014 at 2:19 am

Mr. Hahn and Mr. Choo -

...and so the adventure has begun.  I’ll be following along, taking notes and also wishing I was there with you.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 3/25/2014 at 11:13 pm

Dear Nicole and team, So happy we can follow your journey…you are on the right path with love and prayers by your side every moment.  You are truly an inspiration. We all love you very much, May you and your team be safe and happy…and tough!
Aunt Mimi and family

Posted by: marianne rhodes on 3/25/2014 at 3:43 pm

Hi Spenny and Team,

Haley, Bren, and I hope you have an amazing adventure, and we can’t wait to see you and hear about it!

So much love,

Posted by: Jordan on 3/25/2014 at 2:18 pm

Pssst: Left this out of earlier email…Better check this with the higher-ups to see if it fits with the training table but I think you will find “Everest” beer is even better than “Andes” beer - if anybody there (cough) has been been south of border…Best…Waltero…Maybe it’s the label.

Posted by: waltero glover on 3/25/2014 at 1:13 pm

Hi Spencer & Team,
Thinking of you everyday!  So excited for this adventure you are about to begin!  Can’t wait to hear all about it. 
Love you, Auntie Andrea

Posted by: Andrea Burfield on 3/25/2014 at 12:56 pm

Hi Dave and team, very happy you are all together and ready for the exciting summit. I am Nicole LoBiondo’s Aunt Ginny and will be writing frequently to see how everyone is doing. Be careful, have fun and eat a lot to keep your strength up. I love you Nicole, Uncle Rich does too!!

Posted by: Ginny Marasco on 3/25/2014 at 12:41 pm


Just one more “be careful” from the PCET Admin team.  Have a great time.  We are already missing you.

Posted by: Darla Sorah on 3/25/2014 at 12:35 pm

Kare Kare and team good luck! You guys are going to have the most amazing time with memories for a lifetime….and a lot of good stories!!!Have fun and you better get back safely….that’s an order! oxox kara miss you!

Posted by: Farah on 3/25/2014 at 11:03 am

Hey Spencer and Team,
We wish you all the best, a safe climb and good weather. Can’t wait to hear all about it:)
Love you, The Lyon Clan xo

Posted by: Julie Lyon on 3/25/2014 at 10:59 am

Good luck everyone!!!! Spen you got this buddy! A nice In-N-Out double double is waiting for you with your name on it!

With Much Love,


Posted by: Greg Polinger on 3/25/2014 at 9:35 am

James, praying for safety for you and the team and good weather all the way to the top! You can do this! Blessings from Knoxville. We are all following your progress!

Posted by: Chris Barton on 3/25/2014 at 7:44 am

Best of luck on this adventure to the team and my very best friend, Nicole Lobiondo. The most amazing superwoman!!! Stay safe and conquer that mountain. i will be tracking the trip. Love, the Ho

Posted by: Nicole Howard on 3/25/2014 at 6:35 am

  Godspeed James to you + team…Show us how its         done…!...Waltero

Posted by: Waltero Glover on 3/25/2014 at 4:52 am

Hao & team: The journey has finally begun! I’m excited just to read about it, so can imagine how you must be feeling! All those training and preparation finally being put to the test. Best wishes to the entire team!

Dave: Love your blog! Always a fan! - FX

Posted by: FX on 3/24/2014 at 6:30 pm

HI Nicole and team! Glad to hear all made it safe and settled in. We miss you already…stay safe and live your dream! we love you!HI its gigi!
lisa, sal, gigi, anjolie and salvi

Posted by: The Taddeo Clan on 3/24/2014 at 6:05 pm

Elizabeth & team ~
Oh my gosh you’re doing it!!!!  - or someone has some wicked photoshop skills…  Living vicariously and cheering every step of the way!  Have sung “Climb Every Mountain” in your honor and shall dedicate my next Daily (Weekly?) Dozen in your honor.
In awe,

Posted by: Leslee Redfield on 3/24/2014 at 4:08 pm

Glad to hear you are all rested and ready to begin. A special hello to my friend, Elizabeth Harris….your frind is thinking about you!!!!Pat White

Posted by: Pat White on 3/24/2014 at 3:53 pm

James, guides, and team,

Glad to know that everyone is ready to start a big adventure. Safe journey and the best wishes.

Posted by: Soonja Choo on 3/24/2014 at 2:39 pm

Dave, JJ, James and team:

Thank you for the post.  Exciting stuff.  So glad to hear you are off to a good start.  Really looking forward to tracking your adventure!  Be safe and best of success.

Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 3/24/2014 at 1:59 pm

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