Mt. Everest: The Team Prepares for the Next Phase of the Expedition

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Mark Tucker | April 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello out there. Billy here checking in for the rest of the gang after another day deep in the Khumbu. Not much to report on another rest day here, other than the fact that the NCell tower began sporadically working today after nearly a ten-day outage. Our team was starting to go crazy… I mean it was like camping back in the 90’s where you were in a deep black hole.

Anyway, clear skies this morning meant more helicopters buzzing basecamp as a film production crew has been ferrying tons of equipment up valley. The rumor is that they’ll need more than fifty flights to get all of their gear in, we’re all looking forward to it! Regardless, we’re rested and ready for the next phase of our climb which involves an early wakeup dress rehearsal for tomorrow. It’s the last step before we begin our first true rotation up the mountain.

All for now, will check in again tomorrow after another romp through the icefall…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

B3 Helicopter Leaving Everest BC Helipad. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Casey Grom - just checking in on you. Just read about the avalanche and of course I immediately thought of you. Be safe.
- Janel
Posted by: Janel Miller on 4/18/2014 at 5:43 am

Posted by: Janel Miller on 4/18/2014 at 6:04 am

Nicole & Team sending blessings and prayers up to the top of the world. Thinking of you all, all those who left families and friends behind. Praying you are all safe, warm, healthy, and in good strong spirits.

Posted by: Tatiana on 4/18/2014 at 4:08 am

Hey Nicole and team! Can’t believe you are almost there… Enjoy the rest time. We are in North Carolina with momma visiting my cousin on a mini vacation with kiddies. I tell everyone how one of my besties is up on Mt. Everest! Everyone is so amazed just like me. Keep up the great work… Miss ya and love ya!!!! Oh and if your wondering how the house is… Nothing has changed… Still no floors… Hopefully by the time you get back we can slowly move in!

Posted by: Lisa Taddeo on 4/17/2014 at 7:28 pm

Nicole Lobiondo: Keep an eye out for Jake Gyllenhaal. Can’t wait to hear how the next leg up goes and stay safe and don’t forget to eat your tots. Cheering everyone on! Nicole H.

Posted by: Nicole Howard on 4/17/2014 at 11:14 am

Happy Passover…Current “Guideposts” Magazine features Jewish mom and daughter having surprise Seder Supper prepared by sherpas at an Everest high camp…From Australia they’re the first mom/daughter team to complete the Seven Summits…Methinks the camera gear is to film the guy who wants to “fly” off the summit for the Discovery channel…All the best…Waltero

Posted by: waltero glover on 4/17/2014 at 5:31 am

Wishing you guys a strong climb up the icefall tomorrow. Take care in the khumbo.

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 4/17/2014 at 3:56 am

I’ve read about the filming.  About the 96 (?) Everest year when Fisher & Hall & the others parished on the mountain.  Features Josh Brolin & Jake Jaylenhawk (?).  The had been filming in Iceland & now for Everest.  That should be very interesting.

Posted by: Mary c on 4/17/2014 at 3:11 am

John and I are following your climb and sending you love and good karma!

Posted by: Myra Reilly on 4/16/2014 at 8:56 pm


Da bulls da bulls da bulls da bulls.  Da bears.  Climb strong, man.  I think those loads are for google (we outfitted them at moosejaw).  Google maps needs a street view up the south col.

Will be following your progress…totally psyched for you guys

Posted by: Dan pingree on 4/16/2014 at 5:36 pm

Hi team
Greeting from NZ.  Sure sounds exciting over there.  Glad to hear things are coming along well. 
Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 4/16/2014 at 4:02 pm

Nicole, Thinking about you. Making sure your ok. Things are all good here toys and cabanas on the beach. One nice day and two cold ones. Stay safe, talk to you soon. Wish I could say I was there, but No….Unless there is a five star resort at the top ;).
  Very proud of you…

Posted by: Pete Cruz on 4/16/2014 at 10:37 am

I hope that film crew is lining up for Nicole Lobiondo! It’s fun keeping tabs on this wild adventure! Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Nicole Pizzuti on 4/16/2014 at 10:35 am

Billy! So very cool to be able to follow along with you !!

Posted by: Meg on 4/16/2014 at 10:14 am

Yea Billy Nugent!

Posted by: patrick.nugent on 4/16/2014 at 9:05 am

Good luck Billy! We’ve been following the progress. So happy you are able to do this! XXO

Posted by: Laura on 4/16/2014 at 9:05 am

Good luck on your first real trek up the mountain! Good vibes.

Posted by: Danny on 4/16/2014 at 8:27 am

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