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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Reach Chukung

Hey everybody. This is Casey Grom checking in again with the RMI Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Just wanted to let everyone know that all is well. We left Pheriche yesterday and hiked for a few hours.  It was up the eastern-most valley in the Khumbu region to a little village called Chukung. Unfortunately, I was not able to get reception where we were staying. No cell service or wifi up there either. We had a great night, great food, and got up this morning to a little dusting of snow on the ground. We had a leisurely breakfast and got everything packed up.  And then the team set off this morning around 10 AM. We hiked for about three hours further up the valley to the the base of Island Peak. Our wonderful support staff hiked ahead of us and had our dining tent and even had a hot lunch ready for us. All of our sleeping tents were set up right as we pulled in. We are a little spoiled to say the least. Anyway, the team’s doing great. We’re just relaxing right now inside the tents and will continue to rest this afternoon. We’ll do some training tomorrow and then we’re hoping tomorrow night we’ll make our summit bid. So that’s all for now, hope everyone back home is doing well and we’ll check in again soon.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Chukung.

On The Map

So happy everyone is doing well. I’m sending my love and warmth your way!

Posted by: Sydney on 4/3/2014 at 1:56 pm

GO DAD!!  Just saw the pic of you and Lee at the base of the icefall- maybe that’s been a few days ago?  Maybe you’re at the base of Island?  Jealous, but so happy for you. Fond memories of a DECADE ago on Pisco- proud of you.

Left foot, right foot, breath, breath….repeat!

Love from Chicago,

Posted by: Chris on 4/3/2014 at 10:34 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Check in from Base Camp

Hey Mark Tucker at Everest Base Camp, checking in.  Woke up to clear blue, not a cloud in the sky. Here in the early evening, we’ve got a little light snow- not unusual. The team is doing well. We had a very productive day: some showers, lots of writing, reading… I don’t know about arithmetic, lots of photos, and a venture into the Icefall. We are sharing our camp with Jeff Martin, the RMI Operations Manager. It’s a pleasure he is setting everything up for the team that’s coming in. Actually the bags that went straight from Kathmandu to Base Camp just arrived for the climbing team. I’m sure they are posting on the website. But their gear is all here and that is always a nice thing. A little bit chilly, as you can imagine. My hands are freezing on this phone but we are going to duck into the dining tent where we will have another three to five course meal and have a little heater in there. Play a little bit of cards and relax and we are already gearing up for tomorrow. Our descent will begin back back towards Lukla. So we are keeping that fresh in our mind. Everybody is doing well and thanks for following. We’ll talk later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Arrive in Base Camp


It’s Mark Tucker here checking in with Rainier Mountaineering’s Everest Base Camp Trek,  17,500’ feet beautiful Mt. Everest. The Team did a bang’em up job and pulled in here in great shape. We are being treated well.  We’ve got fine tents, and lots of luxuries. We are going to spend two nights here.  Tomorrow will be a great day for investigating and poking around this historic site.  We are just so psyched, this team took on a big challenge to get here and we are very thrilled.

YEE HA! We will be checking in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Mark Tucker Checking in from Everest Base Camp.

Way to go Elizabeth!!! Guess the Lucky Charms watch did it’s magic!!! Enjoy the sights and safe travels on the Long & Winding Road home

PS Did You Know You’re My Hero? :)

Posted by: melissa mccarthy on 4/1/2014 at 4:38 pm

What an amazing trip - our hats off to you all! Love to Elizabeth, Nancy & Liz…Can’t wait to hear all about it in person!(PS: you missed a spectacular Tastevin!!!)
Hugs and kisses,
Janet and Larry

Posted by: Janet & Larry Mendez on 4/1/2014 at 3:25 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team back in Pheriche

Hello everyone. We have finally made it back to the land of wifi!

It was a wonderful two days at Base Camp and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We bid farewell to everyone there and headed back down the valley to Pheriche. It was an incredibly busy day on the trail with hundreds of porters and yaks heavily burdened with their loads. The weather was pretty nice most of the way which was a treat after yesterday being so windy. We are relaxing in the dinning room here with dozens of climbers where it’s actually hot because of the stove fueled by nothing more than dried yak dung.

Enjoying the thick warm air!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Hello Matt, This is Jay Shah, Nisha’s uncle from Los Angeles. Being selfish, I envy what You all doing now,going to the base camp. I wish I could have done the same. I have gone to Mt. Kailas in Tibet few years ago, but
Base camp is something I have missed out. The group looks so happy!!!!! Wish You all good luck &  thumb’s up to all.
Hope all of You have a refreshing, happy & purposeful trek

Posted by: JAY SHAH on 4/1/2014 at 9:17 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Check in from Gorak Shep

Mark Tucker checking in today from Gorak Shep, at about 17,000’ feet. We had a nice hike today with the wonderful weather holding on for us - feeling lucky! We pushed on after we had lunch and got the summit of Kala Patar just over 18,000’ feet, right around sunset. The big “E” popped it’s top out a couple of times, beautiful colors with an alpine glow, windy, and cold. I am standing outside right now and it is chilly up here!  I am looking at about 500 million stars, just a beautiful night aside from cold.

Everybody is tucked in and we are going to get up and rock-n-roll for Base Camp tomorrow. That’s the plan, hope it all holds true.

All the best to everybody and we will be keeping you posted!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Mark Tucker Checking in from Gorak Shep

Wonderful progress you’ve made.  I hope you are treasuring every moment and can’t wait to hear all about it first hand from Nancy Harris.  Have safe travels and thank you for sharing your experience with us through your posts.

Posted by: Maria Eichelberger on 3/31/2014 at 5:53 am

Hello Elizabeth Harris, Hope you are having an amazing time!
We are thinking of you!
stay warm & happy journey.
The Tamboli Family, Tampa

Posted by: Anahita on 3/31/2014 at 4:06 am


Hello Everybody,

This is Casey Grom checking in from Everest Base Camp. Our team actually arrived yesterday after making the summit of Kala Patar. Unfortunately we were not able to get a satellite call to let everyone know that we had safely arrived here. Everyone here is doing fantastic!

We woke up this morning to pretty blustery weather, but our wonderful cook Kumar actually got our hot shower up and running here. So it is nice for everyone to get a nice hot shower and just relax. This afternoon we went for a short walk from out camp down the start of the glacier where the route through the Kumbu Ice Fall starts.  That was a nice treat for everybody to get to walk down there and try and get an idea of where the route will go in.
Everyone is doing great; we are currently sitting down for dinner. Our game plan is to head back down to Pheriche and we should have cell service Wi-Fi once we get back down there. We are looking forward to getting back down there and will hopefully send pictures then.

Good Night Everybody!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Casey Grom Checking in from Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team in Lobuche

Oh my goodness! We must be so far out there. No cell service, no internet, no wifi. How are we gonna get by? Just fine. That’s what I can tell you. The team’s doing well. We are up here at Lobuche. Had a nice walk up.  Fine weather, a little overcast now.  Chilly, chilly up here at 16,000’. We are happy to be here in good shape. We are checking in by satellite phone, so we can still be connected. We appreciate everyone following along. Hopefully tomorrow we will move up to Gorak Shep where I think we may have some connectivity, and I may be able to send some fabulous pictures from the jaunt up the hill today.  We will check in again.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Lobuche.

On The Map

Congratulations!  Go Elizabeth!!

Posted by: Alta on 3/30/2014 at 4:19 pm

I’m glad all are doing well. Continue to stay strong and safe.  The pics are beautiful. Send a special hello to my aunt—Aunt Susan.  Thanks.

Posted by: Lauri DeWhitt on 3/29/2014 at 5:09 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Arrive Gorak Shep

Hello everyone.
We’re still here. Just went through Loboche which is a little short on cell service, wifi and I even had trouble getting my sat phone to work.
The last couple of days have been really nice and strangely it seems to be getting warmer as we get higher. We hiked to Gorak Shep today and wanted to climb up Kala Patar but the evening swirling clouds have us waiting till tomorrow.
We are literarily a stones through from the Khumbu glacier and only about two hours from Mt. Everest Base Camp. Everyone seems to be doing well and we are so excite for Base camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hope you’ve reached base camp

Posted by: Kristy yenkey on 3/30/2014 at 8:58 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Rest Day In Pheriche

We had a nice dinner, cool temps in the rooms for sleeping, a pleasant night for all. A leisurely breakfast led into a nice hike with grand views as you can imagine. The team pushed up well over 14,000 feet  to get the heart and lungs moving. We then returned to our tea house for lunch, and then off to the altitude lecture at the near by clinic. Great insight from doctors offering good info. The team pooled a nice donation for the cause and even came away with a few more souvenirs. It all ended with a little down time relaxing. As they say a pictures says a thousand words!

We are all doing well and plan to move up to Loboche tomorrow, if all seems right.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team arrive in Pheriche

We experienced the normal sadness about leaving trees today but the thrill of life at high altitude is plenty a replacement. We enjoyed good weather all day, just a bit chilly pulling into Pheriche, our home for the next two nights, at about 14,000 ft it was to be expected. The team was fortunate to visit Lama Geshi in Pangboche. A chant and a blessing for each sent the group out the door in high spirits.

Our path was diverted slightly as a bridge had collapsed.  How many times I have crossed that span thinking it had another twenty years of life in it? Not so. The detour was a pleasant stroll by the river with yet another great photo opp on the new bridge. Wishing you all the best

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

A big hello from me to Nancy and Elizabeth!  The photos are inspirational.  It looks like a great group and I know they are loving getting to know you both! Eliz Christenberry and I talk about you every day. :)

Posted by: Dada Glaser on 3/28/2014 at 8:38 am

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