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Mt. Everest: Sherpas Bring Last Loads through the Icefall, Safe at Basecamp

Our Sherpa climbing team went up through the Khumbu Icefall a final time early this morning.  The rest of us sat out in the warm sunshine and continued the packing process as we watched the glacier and listened to our radios.  It was great to relax, and to be safe, but of course that relaxation wasn’t complete until Lam Babu brought the entire team down from Camp One with the final loads.  Then the day passed slowly and easily, listening to avalanches and rocks falling off the surrounding peaks.  Helicopters buzzed the camp incessantly, either capturing the last film footage of “Basecamp 2013” or looking for riders with VISA cards.  Summer is coming to the Himalaya and the forecasts tell us the monsoon is only a few days off.  There are still climbing teams on the mountain, but the vast majority have finished and gone home.  Tents and puja flags were coming down in every direction today and strings of yaks and porters were taking everything down-valley.  Trekkers quit coming around about a week ago as weather down low shifted to cloudy mode.  We’ll leave base tomorrow and the remaining team will collapse the camp in our wake.  It seems hard to believe that we’ve lived in this place for seven weeks now… That will have to be enough for this year.  We’ll just hope to hang on to the spectacular imagery and the sense of camaraderie we’ve built up through the experience.  Thank you for following the expedition.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Way to go Seth.  I’m proud for you and the entire team - Jon.

Posted by: Jon Keith on 6/17/2013 at 7:05 pm


Posted by: fred eddy on 6/6/2013 at 3:58 pm

Mt. Everest: Team Returns to Base Camp

Dave and I are safely back at Everest Basecamp.  The Sherpa team has one more load to carry down from Camp 1 in the morning and then the expedition will officially be done with the Everest climb.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

[Audio posted from Dave Hahn after returning to Basecamp]

Dave Hahn calls in after returning to Everest Basecamp.

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thank you for sharing! you should write a book.

Posted by: michelle on 5/26/2013 at 1:55 pm

Great job Dave and Seth! You guys really put the peddle to the metal at the end there. Can’t wait to talk to you about it at the Mountain Festival in Septmber! Mike

Posted by: Mike Brown on 5/24/2013 at 10:58 pm

Mt. Everest: Dave Checks at Camp 2 after Summit Bid

Update 7:21 p.m. PST:
Mark Tucker sent a message that the team is descending from Camp 1 to Basecamp.  All is well!

Voicemail update 7:20 a.m. PST:
Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from Advanced Base Camp once again.  We finished our whirlwind tour of the upper mountain. You remember we went from here, 21,300, to nearly 26,000 feet the South Col and went to the summit this morning.  And then all the way back down here to Advanced Base Camp. So a long day of climbing and an exciting day of climbing for myself, Seth, Kaji and Tshering.  With Gyaljen playing lifeguard back at the South Col looking out for us and having some hot drinks ready when we got back there - which was pretty nice. And we loaded everything up, up there at the Col and came down with the pretty heavy packs down the Lhotse Face. It feels very good to be a little bit lower on the mountain but what a big day!  Certainly intended to give a voice dispatch from the summit, had the sat phone up there but there was a little bit of a cold wind blowing from the north, made it hard to do things like work with your fingers with your gloves off and make phone calls and things like that. But we were able to talk to Mark Tucker down a base camp on the radio and Dan as well who was standing down there with Lam Babu and our whole Base Camp staff.  So, that was nice to be able to connect with those guys, while we were up there. (broken transmission).

Conditions weren’t all that bad, ended up a pretty good weather summit day but a little cold. Wind kind of goes with what we consider a good day. Anyway this was a good day. And now it’s clearly the season is changed. And it’s time to get off the mountain, it’s heating up. The anchors we’re melting out on our way down the Lhotse Face and we had to be pretty careful of that. So we’re taking that as a sign that it is time to be heading down.  Alright, bye for now. Thank you.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from ABC after their summit climb.

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so cool! glad that you all summited safely and are sharing your experience.

Posted by: michelle on 5/23/2013 at 11:49 am

All your patience is rewarded. Congratulations and thanks for all the story sharing.  Have a safe end of expedition and a nice journey home later.

Posted by: Eric F. on 5/23/2013 at 11:11 am

Mt. Everest: Team Returns to Camp 2

Update: 4:04 am PT

RMI Guide Mark Tucker reports from Everest Base Camp that the climbing team has safely returned to Camp 2 (ABC).  They will spend the night resting, eating and recovering from the summit climb.  Tomorrow, Mark is looking forward to welcoming the team back to Base Camp.

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Congratulations to Seth, Dave, and the Sherpas, outstanding climb.

Posted by: Tom Waterfall on 5/23/2013 at 6:44 am

Way to go, Super Dave!!!!

Posted by: Mike B on 5/23/2013 at 6:32 am

Mt. Everest Expedition: Team on the Summit!

Update:10:51 pm PT
The team has safely reached the South Col.  Everyone is doing well. They are going to take a quick break before continuing down to Camp 2 (Advanced Base Camp).
Mark Tucker

Update: 6:46 pm PT
Mark Tucker reports from Everest Base Camp that RMI Guides Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall and their Sherpa team, Tshering and Kaji have reached the summit of Mt. Everest!  This marks Dave’s 15th summit of Mt. Everest and the third time for Seth to have reached the summit.  Tshering and Kaji have both made their sixth successful summit of Mt.Everest.

The team reported a beautiful day with a cold wind.  They will spend about 30 minutes on top before starting their descent.

Congratulations to all!

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Congratulations, felicidades! 15 th summit!!! Great. Regards from Costa Rica

Posted by: Silke on 5/23/2013 at 7:51 pm

Huge Congratulations!  You guys were patient, waited until the right time, even when all others were making their summit bids, and you always seem to be successful.  Great climbing. Bill Bussey

Posted by: Bill Bussey on 5/23/2013 at 7:20 am

Mt. Everest: The Team Has Reached the South Summit

Update 5:23 pm PST:
I received a radio call from the team.  They are now on top of the South Summit!  Weather continues to be okay for them; a few clouds down here at Basecamp.  Sun may have an impact soon in a very positive way.

RMI Guide and Everest Basecamp Manager Mark Tucker


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Damn!!  I can’t sit still in my chair.  Go guys, go!

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/22/2013 at 5:36 pm

Mt. Everest: The Team Has Passed the Balcony

Update 3:45 pm PST:
Seth Waterfall radioed in after the team made the oxygen bottle switch at the Balcony.  They are are well past that point and working their way to the South Summit.  A bit of traffic but not too bad.  Kaji and Tshering are right there with them and report not much wind and a beautiful morning is shaping up.  Rough estimate of between one and three hours to top of the South Summit.  All is going very well.

RMI Guide and Everest Basecamp Manager Mark Tucker

(The map shows a point at Camp 4 with the next point marking the South Summit.)

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Posted by: Terri Kinney on 5/22/2013 at 4:49 pm

Mt. Everest: Getting Ready to Climb from the South Col

Hey this is Seth Waterfall checking in from the South Col, Camp 4.  We just woke up a little while ago and are getting set to have breakfast, which is kind of strange for this hour. But the winds have died down - what little wind we had. It looks to be a nice night for climbing so we are going to give it a shot.  In the next half hour to hour we will put our packs on and head up towards the Triangular Face, then of course to The Balcony, South Summit, and, hopefully, for us the summit of Mt. Everest.  A few teams have already started and a few more are getting ready to go.  But it doesn’t appear to be a very crowded night.  That all works in our favor.  So if everything works out for us we’ll check in again from the top of Mount Everest -  High Point on planet Earth. Wish us luck.  Ciao

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from the South Col - getting ready for summit bid.

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Mt. Everest: Team Reaches South Col

Voice mail received 3 am PT
Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from Mt. Everest.  We are about a mile higher then when I spoke to you last night.  Seth Waterfall and myself along with Tshering, Kaji and Gyaljen got up super early this morning.  We woke up at 1 AM and we’re walking by about 2:15 AM.  We skipped Camp 3 and went all the way up to the South Col, just a hair below 8,000 meters.  It was a big day and obviously aiming for a summit tonight if conditions allow.  We don’t have a whole lot of ability to wait at this point and the forecasts don’t really reward us for waiting much.  This expedition is almost at its end.  So this is our shot.  We are all feeling really good up here at 8000 meters.  Seth and I are sitting in the tent right now and it’s nice and hot. There is sun coming through the tent walls.  There is a little breeze and there are some clouds, but it’s not necessarily bad weather. Things are looking good.
While we were climbing, we were keeping track of Lam Babu and Dan Johnson.  They made great time, great progress to get down to base camp. They arrived there about mid morning – nice and safe and sound. So that is great news all around.  We’re going to try to keep you updated with the start of our climb.  This climb again will be a middle of the night start, with the hope of being up high and close to the summit when the sun is first getting around on Mt. Everest.  That is all for now.  Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in upon reaching the South Col of Mt. Everest.

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That’s great news, guys!  Glad to hear you are feeling strong.  Get’r done!!

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/22/2013 at 2:39 pm

Our thoughts are with you from beautiful downtown Istanbul. Stay safe.


Posted by: chuck Roberts on 5/22/2013 at 12:19 pm

Mt. Everest: Birthday Celebration & Summit Climb

The climbing team is at Camp 4 readying for their summit bid on Mt. Everest tonight.  For me, that means sleeping in the communication tent tonight. Dave and Seth will get some rest at the South Col.  Hopefully a few hours of sleep but very important time for resting, hydrating and self care.  Can you believe they are just hours away from the start of the Summit push?  Kaji, Tshering and Geldgen our super Sherpa put Camp 4 together before Dave and Seth arrived. Nice work boys!  Our Sherpa staff are doing fine as well.

I celebrated another birthday (twelfth time I guess) here on the Big E yesterday. Our wonderful Sherpa staff at Everest Base Camp had all the trimmings for me. I enjoyed a moonlight hike, no headlight needed, a very peaceful and surreal scene surrounding the jaunt. This is a truly amazing place to spend time. The horseshoe pit is still up and it’s tough to get the better of me on the home pit advantage. 

I’ll be sending updates on the team’s progress as they attempt to summit Mt. Everest tonight.  Good luck!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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