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March 23, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Enjoy the Sights in Kathmandu

Hello everyone!

After our really long flights (nearly two days) the team arrived yesterday and had a early dinner and then off to bed to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Today we had our official team meeting and discussed the adventure ahead. After our meeting we headed out into Kathmandu to explore a little before we head into the mountains. Our first stop was to the Swayambunath, aka the Monkey Temple. It’s a beautiful temple that sits above most of the city with views in all directions and is incredibly important to the Buddhist population here in the city. Next we paid a visit to the Pashupatinath Temple which is where the Hindu’s bring their dead for cremation, and it was very surreal to be present while this ceremony was taking place. We then made a quick stop at the Boudhanath Stupa which is the second largest Stupa in the world.

After our city tour the team made our way back to our hotel and finalized our packing and finished the day off with a nice meal at the Famous Rum Doodle where they have saved autographs from all the climbers and Everest summiteers over the years: Sir Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner and many others.

It was a pretty full day to say the least. Everyone is doing great and looking forward to getting into the mountains and stretching their legs.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Betts has been in touch with Charlotte getting the scoop on your big adventure!.. We are off to Florida for 5 days with our foreign exchange student. Just a slightly different adventure!!
Wishing you safe travels and beautiful views from your gang in Denver!!

Posted by: Mary Talbot on 3/24/2013 at 6:20 pm

Casey & Team -

Looks like some fun days ahead.  Looking forward to following your journey.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 3/24/2013 at 12:22 pm

March 24, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Land in Lukla

Today the team left the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and flew on a nearly perfect day into the Khumbu Valley. We landed at the famous and sometimes a little scary Lukla airstrip without any issues. It was a beautiful 45-minute flight into the Himalayas with amazing views of the mountains and even a glimpse of Mt. Everest itself.

We hiked for a few hours along the only trail that leads up to BC (Basecamp). There are no roads here, just a winding footpath that is busy with trekkers, climbers, porters, and yaks carrying loads for the Everest expeditions.

The team is currently relaxing at one of the many tea houses situated here in the lower Khumbu Valley. It’s an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place to be, and I’m quite certain everyone is excited to be here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

betts has been in touch with Charlotte and getting the scoop on your adventure.

Safe travels, hope the weather is good and can’t wait to hear all about it!!,
Mary and Betts

Posted by: Mary Talbot on 3/25/2013 at 7:11 pm

Love seeing the photos…what an incredible experience!  Everyone sends their love..Lissie, pick a nice rock for your collection!  Love you, Nano

Mom, hope you are having a wonderful time on your Himalayan adventure!
-char, Jeb, Will, Eli

Posted by: Nancy Cole on 3/25/2013 at 2:35 pm

March 25, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Arrive Namche Bazarre

It was another beautiful day here in the Khumbu with clear skies and astounding views. Our day started with breakfast at 7:30 with eggs, toast, porridge, jam and plenty of fresh coffee (thanks Tucker). We hit the trail just after 8 and made our way up the valley crossing numerous hanging bridges covered with prayer flags. Tea houses lined the trail almost the entire way making it easy to stop for a rest, eat and snap a few photos. We made good time even while sharing the trail with other Trekkers and the countless yaks carrying loads in both directions. Along the way we were treated to a nice view of the far off Mt Everest (still about 25 miles away). There was one big hill to climb before reaching Namche Bazaare where we’ll spend a few nights in order to properly acclimatize.
Everyone is doing great and currently are out exploring Namche (population of a few thousand) which is the heart of the Khumbu and Sherpa people.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Aloha Chris. It’s your sister-in-law from Kauai.  We are really proud of you for undertaking this big challenge.  I think I will just stick to hiking the beaches!  Good luck and stay safe.  I know Nancy and Sammy are anxious for you to get home.  Mary Kay

Posted by: Mary Kay on 3/28/2013 at 2:16 am

Hi Chris,
We want to hear all about the expedition on your return. Safe travels and enjoy every moment!

Posted by: Stacy & Jacquie on 3/26/2013 at 11:53 am

March 26, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit a Women’s Monastery and Sir Edmund Hillary’s School

Hello again everyone.

Today the team took an “active rest day”, instead of just sitting around and relaxing we hit the trail for another adventure. First up was a visit to a seldom visited all women’s monastery in the village of Thamo. It’s about an hour and half from Namche and is a little of the beaten path. This monastery is home to 28 women mostly who have escaped prosecution from Tibet. Their ages range from 16 to 88 and they exist solely off of donations. A few of them came out to greet us and gave us a brief tour of the new monastery they are currently building. We stayed for about an hour, had some tea and either bought a few items or made donations to help with their cause.

Next we made our way uphill to visit the first school established here by Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumjung. It sits between several small villages and has the most amazing views thus far. We could see Everest, Lhoste, Ama Dablam and countless others. We then headed back to our tea house in Namche where the team is resting and enjoying the hot showers.

Everyone is doing great and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Extremely cool pic from the monastery.  Go team and Elsie…fingers crossed the weather will stay perfect for you.

Posted by: Fletch on 3/27/2013 at 4:51 am

Great views with good weather! Namche looks like it might slide off the cliff, though. Have a great time!

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 3/26/2013 at 10:19 pm

March 27, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Visit the Tengboche Monastery

Today we got a slightly earlier start to try and beat the heat on the steep climb up to Tengboche. Yes it gets hot here at times, especially if you are hiking up steep southern-facing slopes. Tengboche sits atop a small hill (by Himalayan standards) and is well known because of the Tengboche Monastery. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it is home to about 45 Monks and Lamas. It doesn’t take much imagination to know why they believe this place to be special, as the view from here is breathtaking. From this one spot you are not only surrounded by giant mountains you have a wonderful view of Everest and many other gigantic peaks. After getting settled in our tea house we quickly hiked back to the monastery and sat in during a prayer session. Sadly only one monk was there as the others were off visiting other monasteries and helping people throughout the valley. It was beautiful experience nonetheless!

Everyone is still in good spirits and having a great time.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hope you all tried the apple pie at the cafe next to the monastery.  You all look as though you are doing well. Amazing photos and so glad the weather is cooperating so far.  Miss you !

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/27/2013 at 6:41 pm

Hope the moon has been beautiful for all of you!  Sounds as though you have seen so much…spectacular scenery..so proud of all of you..especially our Richmond women! Xoxo, Nano

Posted by: Nancy Cole on 3/27/2013 at 3:44 pm

March 28, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit Lama Geshe for Their Blessing

Day five in the Khumbu brings us more wonderful experiences and new heights. We left camp in Deboche and headed further uphill. Our first stop was in Pangboche to visit Lama Geshe, who is the highest ranking Buddhist in the valley. He is a high ranking Lama who is close friends with the Dalai Lama himself. All the Sherpas and smart climbers visit Lama Geshe before attempting any climbing here in the Khumbu. And because some of us will be climbing Island Peak and the rest of us would never turn down a blessing, we stopped by. Lama Geshe is from Tibet and speaks only Tibetan, he chanted and asked the mountains to give us safe passage and then gave us a Kata and tied a small string around our necks called a Sunde.

We stopped off to have lunch and then finished up our hike just as the clouds decided to sprinkle us with a little snow. We are currently resting in Pheriche which sits around 14,000’. Everyone is doing mostly well (a few folks are on the Khumbu weight loss diet, aka stomach issues!) but not to fear everyone is feeling better by the hour.

Looking forward to resting.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

SO wonderful to be able to read about your days - and more importantly, see that you are all happy and well. Thank you for the beautiful photos. I have enjoyed them (and they put my mind at ease :) ) All is well here - have a wonderful adventure and continue ...for with every step that you take, you inspire all who know you.
xo Bridget

Posted by: Bridget Hodgson on 3/28/2013 at 5:35 pm

Ahhh…I remember the scent of freshly laundered clothes….hung out to dry over the Yak dung piles!  Hope you get to enjoy the sunroom and take a look at the Pheriche clinic on your “rest” day (and hopefully not for the “Khumbu Flu”! ;)
Glad you all received your Lama Geshe blessings- It’s great to see the pics…and hope you get to have just one more shower stop in Lobuche!
We are thinking of you-Keep on climbing!!! xo

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 3/28/2013 at 4:57 pm

March 29, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Enjoy Some R&R in Pheriche

Day of R&R, with a short hike to 14,600’ - higher than Mount Whitney, but nothing by Nepalese standards. Most are feeling much better, with the hope that a new day will bring much-needed strength to those still recovering from the Khumbu stomach bug. Of particular interest, see attached photo: Nepalese use of biofuels. Cribbage is the bomb, hope to master it soon! Hi to Yuki, Karis, and Rianna, don’t wish you were here :) yet, missing all of you. The yak cheese was really good!

RMI Climber Keith L.

On The Map

You all look so happy and excited…I’mexcited for you…WOW…Mt. Everest…what could be more exciting than that.  I hope to trek to EBC in 2015.  FYI…I’m an animal lover.  It seems the Yak does a lot of hard work for the climbers…and even provides fuel to cook the food of climbers.  Are Yaks treated well?  Are Yaks nourished well?  I just hope Yaks receive the TLC for all the hard work they do for the climbers.  I know the climbers bring in money to help the people and animals of Nepal….and thst’s a good thing.  Love the photos…I will be watching all of you from Southern California until you summit and return to base camp.  May God Bless you and keep you safe.

Posted by: Lynn Via on 3/30/2013 at 10:32 am

Can’t believe you are smiiling or much less eating dinner with the aroma of burning Yak dung!

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/29/2013 at 3:37 pm

March 30, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Trek into Lobuche

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in from the second RMI Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak climb.  Just wanna let you know that everyone’s doing well today, getting better and feeling better seems like every step, with whatever little tummy issues we were having.  Today we left Pheriche in perfect weather and hiked beneath Taboche and Cholatse, two famous and iconic climbs here in the Khumbu.  We hiked about four hours today at get up to Lobuche, so we made a big turn and we are paralleling the Khumbu Glacier, which is only about 300 yards from where we are camped.  We are currently relaxing at the Eco Lodge, which is probably the nicest tea house, it seems like, up valley here. Everyone’s doing well and we are just now sitting down for dinner and looking forward to moving up closer to Base Camp tomorrow.  Alright. That’s it for today.  We’ll look forward to checking in tomorrow with everybody. Take care, bye bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Lobuche.

On The Map

Missy, Elsie, and Allie,
We are all enjoying thinking of you in those beautiful mountains.  I hope the tummy troubles are not effecting your enjoyment of the trip too much.  Keep up the good work! XOXO Corell

Posted by: Corell Moore on 4/1/2013 at 10:21 am

Hey Guys!  Loved reading about your trek—it’s so fun to be able to really know where you are and remember what it all looked like and felt like!!  You never get over the views!!  Spectacular!!  Hope your tummies all feel better—I remember THAT part too—oh so well!  Hope you all feel better soon.  Don’t forget you have a Z-pac like I did!  Anyway, thinking about you all and so glad everything is going well. Hope everything continues to go well going forward too. Enjoy!!  XOXO,  Lucy

Posted by: Lucy Rise on 4/1/2013 at 8:33 am

March 31, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Reach Gorak Shep

Hello again everyone.

Just one more day to go before we reach our goal of Basecamp! Today we arrived in Gorak Shep, the original Base camp that early expeditions used. Being that this is the last stop before the normal BC it is rather small, only about 4 tea houses here. Originally we were planning on climbing Kala Patar this evening, but due to reoccurring stomach issues and clouds rolling in we have opted for a morning ascent. The standard weather is clear in the morning and clouds in the afternoons, so hopefully it will continue to be the same.

Just so everyone back home knows, I have spoken to a few doctors about the issues (just mainly upset stomachs) and they have informed us that there have been many trekkers with similar symptoms this season.

Everyone is still smiling, just not all day long. 

We are looking forward to Base Camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Elsie and Casey, wishing I was with you guys even with the little stomach challenges…be safe.  Go Team..

Posted by: Fletch on 4/2/2013 at 4:59 am

Stomach issues still haven’t cleared up? I’m praying that all of you will be well and back to normal soon. At least the weather seems to be cooperating. Good luck on getting to base camp!

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 4/1/2013 at 1:25 pm

April 2, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Reach Base Camp

The team safely arrived at Basecamp after a climb up Kala Patar.  New altitude records for some!  The Easter bunny must have come through camp because there were little chocolate eggs left around camp when we arrived (thanks Tucker).  Most everyone is feeling better and enjoying the wonderful cooking of our BC cook Kumar.  The team spent the day enjoying the views and a little exploring of the camp.  Hot showers were had by all!

Tomorrow we’ll make the trek back down to Pheriche and hopefully cross paths with RMI’s Everest climbers.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Congrats to everyone on the team and esp. those
Team Waki members. Know you are glad to finally be there. Allie and MIssy- safe travels “down” - remember it is really not down! Elsie- may the force be with you as you power up Island Peak!

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 4/2/2013 at 5:14 pm

Congratulations on reaching Base Camp! I hope all of you are healthy and well. Weather still looks good. Enjoy the views, and be careful on the way down. Keith, everyone here is proud and in awe of you.

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 4/2/2013 at 3:23 pm

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