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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Spend Another Night in Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn phoning in from the RMI Everest Climb. We are in Deboche still. Last night I couldn’t get through it was snowing fairly hard and I couldn’t get a phone signal. This morning, it’s looking a little bit better. A little sunshine coming through; there is still some high clouds. But right now we’re at a green light to go up to Pheriche. Our intention is to go up through Pangboche, see Lama Geshe, and head up to Pheriche this evening. Yesterday was a nice quiet day for us. We just went up to Tengboche Monastery in the morning and then kinda hunkered down in our tea house here in Deboche to wait out the snowstorm. But nice afternoon taking it easy. Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Tengboche Monastery, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection Monks in prayer at the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Check in from Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn with the RMI Everest Climb calling in from Deboche. We set out this morning about 8:30 from Namche.  A beautiful morning, blue sky, sunshine and everybody feeling good.  It took us about 5 hours or so to go across the hillside down to the river and back across the hill at Pangboche, the big hill, and down the other side to Deboche.  At our lodge tonight but figured we’d just checking with you. Great views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam today. Looking up there is a bunch of new snow on Everest and Lhotse.  It clouded up a little bit this afternoon, but not a big deal. We are enjoying having the trails to our selves, I think we are a few days ahead of many of the climbers.  [connection lost]

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On the trail from Namche to Deboche with Ama Dablam looming high above.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls from Deboche with an update on the progress of the Everest team.

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Mt. Everest:  RMI Guide & Base Camp Manager Mark Tucker Checks In From the Khumbu

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Mark Tucker | March 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,000'

Walk a week or fly an hour? A very popular phrase with the bush pilots in Alaska.  Here in Nepal, I will take the walk a week option.
If I were going to climb the tallest mountain in North America, “Denali”, I would opt for the hour flight into the mountain, which drops you at about 8,000’ to begin the ascent to 20,320 ft.
Here in the High Himalaya, with that hour flight they could drop us at Everest Base Camp, it sits around 17,300’, you would be in a world of hurt, that is a bit too much of an altitude jump for 99.9% of all humans.  So here I sit in a nice Tea house at 13,000’, half way through my eight day trek to Base Camp.  Kind of a long commute to work, but traffic has not been to bad.  Yep another season of life on the Glacier for this Himalayan Veteran.
Excited for RMI 2015 Everest Expedition?  I sure am.
No wonder RMI was voted #1 Outfitter,with the return of the finest Guides, for the climb and trek.
The reason I continue these wild adventures is the RMI solid commitment, time and again, to provide the best available resources and infrastructure.
The team is looking forward to sharing this Expedition with you as best we can over the next couple of months.
I wish you could be here. I know the challenges you will face in everyday life may not be as unusual as ours but in there own way just as impressive. Climb your own Everest.  Get out when you can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Special shout out to -
MOM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Love, Mark

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Reaches Gorak Shep, Climbs Kala Patar

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Namaste Everyone

All is well here on the trek!
Yesterday we left Pheriche and hiked further up valley to Lobuche, we slowly made our way along the winding path that we share with other trekkers, porters heavily laden with loads bound for Base Camp, and yaks who aren’t as keen to share the trail. We made good time and enjoyed the astounding views before reaching our lodge for the night.  In the afternoon we took a short walk to a overlook of the Khumbu glacier where we could just make out base camp far in the distance.

Today we hit the trail around 8:30 and reached our last and final camp, called Gorak Shep, before we head into Base Camp tomorrow. After arriving we had a light lunch and the headed up to Kala Patar which is the high point on this trek at 18,300’. At the top of Kala Patar we could easily see Everest Base Camp and had amazing views of Everest as the weather was relatively nice.

Everyone is currently relaxing in our tea house enjoying the warmth of the fire. There’s been lots of cribbage and plenty of good conversation with our team and other trekkers on the same journey as us.

Looking forward to Base camp.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Team enjoying the views of Everest from the summit of Kala Patar.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp team hitting the trail with a fresh dusting of snow.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt Everest: Hahn & Team Explore More in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Our last day in Namche dawned surprisingly clear and sunny.  That was a little unexpected given how persistent the rain was yesterday afternoon and evening.  We took full advantage after breakfast, trooping up to the Hilltop National Park Headquarters to see if the mountains were out.  Indeed they were, and those of the team that hadn’t yet gotten a look at the world’s highest mountain were predictably in awe.  Those of us that had seen it a few times were also in awe.  New snow made the peaks radiant and sparkling in the strong sunshine.  Conditions were so calm and pleasant where we stood that we were tempted to gaze for hours.  But there was plenty to get done on our final day in the “Sherpa Capital”.  Our team enjoyed the museum exhibits at the Park Visitor Center and the nearby Sherpa Culture Museum.  They shopped the climbing stores, markets, galleries and book stores along the small and winding avenues of Namche.  They caught up on the web and friended each other on Facebook.  They rested, drank water and got ready for going higher into the mountains in the coming days. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The views from above Namche Bazaar of Everest and the Himalaya.  Photo: Dave Hahn Members of the RMI Everest team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Enjoys Rest Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

It’s snowing up here!

Today was a rest day here in Pheriche, and we went on a short acclimatization hike to 15,500’ to take in the views. We set a new altitude record for some and even managed to see Island Peak down the neighboring valley.

The weather started clear once again but quickly turned to clouds and even began snowing a little bit right after we made it back and had lunch. At 3 pm the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), which is a very small and seasonal hospital had a talk on Acclimatizing which we sat in on.

We wrapped up the evening with another wonderful meal here at the Himalayan Lodge in Pheriche and a few more games of Cribbage.

All is well and everyone is feeling well and in good spirits.

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The RMI Everest Base Camp Team Trekking above Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom Pheriche tea house nestled among the hills. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Everest: Team Enjoys Rest day in Namche to Relax and Explore

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Today was an easy one; rest and relaxation plus a little hiking and exploring.  We are staying in Namche for three nights in order to get used to the altitude.  Early wake up was optional, giving a chance to swill a little 6 AM coffee before hiking to the top of town in order to see daybreak and a first look at Mount Everest.  The mountain didn’t disappoint.  The first rays of sunshine turned summit after summit into golden monuments around us, but our eyes kept returning to Everest… still about thirty miles away, but regal nonetheless.  Those who slept in hoped to see the mountains a little later as we day-hiked up to the “Everest-View Hotel” but by then the clouds had rolled in and obscured the great range.  We hiked on to the village of Khumjung and then made a circuit of things, crossing the misty ridge one more time to return to Namche.  The gang was back at the hotel in early afternoon, just before rain began to fall.  That made it pretty easy to lie in and relax away the afternoon, although some made their way down to check out Namche’s well-regarded bakeries.

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An early wake up to watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest.  Photo: Dave Hahn The RMI Everest Team enjoying some acclimatization days in Namche.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Visits Lama Geshi in Pangboche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Namaste everyone

We certainly feel blessed with the weather we’ve been having, as today was another beautiful day.

Our daily routine has been breakfast at 7:30 or 8 and hitting the trail generally no later than 9. Then we hike 30-40 minute intervals until lunch, then head back out until we reach camp. Today was a little different as we stopped off to visit Lama Geshe who lives in Pangboche. He is a very high ranking Lama and generally gives blessing to the climbers and Sherpas headed to Everest, most of whom won’t climb without his blessing.

After our visit with the Lama we finished up our hike pulling into another village that sits along this ever winding path to Everest. Pheriche is where we are and where we will spend a few days to acclimatize as we have finally reached the 14,000 ft mark.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek Team en route to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp Team on the trail to Pheriche.  Photo: Casey Grom

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RMI Guide Alex Barber Begins His Personal Expedition to Annapurna

Posted by: Alex Barber | March 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches
Elevation: 4,383'

RMI Guide Alex Barber begins his solo / nO’s attempt on Annapurna:

The 24th of March around mid-day I made a turbulent landing into Kathmandu for my fourth 8000m expedition. The forecast for the next five days is showing two meters of snow… That combined with a large snowfall in late February has me nervous.  I worry that I will arrive to a dangerously loaded mountain, a mountain known for its frequent avalanches. But as of now I am sending my bags ahead to Tatopani. Tomorrow morning (27th) I’ll be taking a helicopter from Kathmandu to Tatopani and if weather permits I’ll be in base camp tomorrow afternoon.

For now, the focus will be to survive the congested streets of Kathmandu, as I make last minute purchases like fuel, food, lighters, etc.

RMI Guide Alex Barber riding a rickshaw in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Alex Barber Annapurna in Nepal stands 26,545ft.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Trek into Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

One and all were singing the praises of Jo’s Garden in Phak Ding this morning.  After confusing days of travel and hustle and bustle and jet lag, it was wonderful to sleep deeply with the sound of whitewater from the nearby rushing river masking everything.  As is typical, it was a clear and crisp morning with plenty of blue sky when we started walking at 8:30 AM.  The first hour of our six-hour journey was spent either in forest or in the gardens that pass for farms along the river.  Magnolia and rhododendron were in bloom, but then so were the apple trees.  Before long we were looking up at the glaciers and impossibly steep ridges of Thamserku, perched several vertical miles in the sky.  Within a few hours we’d reached the National Park entrance at Jorsalle.  Then it was time for a relaxing lunch at the last of the teahouses before we crossed the river and got busy with the Namche Hill.  We crossed the ultra-high cable bridges near the start of the hill and then plugged away in the heat for several thousand feet of vertical gain through the pine forests.  At one point we heard the thunderous crashing of tons of ice cascading down the steep gullies on the opposite wall of the canyon.  Finally, we eased into the magical village of Namche Bazaar.  The town is built as a series of concentric half circles, facing the giant peak of Kwangde, across the valley.  We strolled through the tight “streets” (there are no cars and probably never will be) until we reached our hotel for the next three nights, Camp De Base.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Jo's Garden in Phakding, village before Namche Bazaar. Photo: Dave Hahn The Everest team trekking up Namche Hill. Photo: Dave Hahn View from Namche across the Valley to Kwangde. Photo: Dave Hahn

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