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March 22, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team Arrive in Kathmandu

Jackpot! Feeling like Mr. T with his A Team.  My amazing team and all our gear arrived in Kathmandu.  All our boxes are checked, i.e. orientation meeting, equipment check, city tour and it is pouring rain in Kathmandu.  Despite the rain, we had way too much fun experiencing the culture today in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  We took many photos along our journey through the city and are getting to know each other a long the way.

Now that we feel ready to embark on our next part of our expedition, we’ll sign off for the night and go find some pizza in town for dinner.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Hi ya’ll from Atlanta! Wishing you safe travels and want my Aunt Susan to know just how proud of her I am!! What an amazing journey on which you all are embarking! I hope one day to do it myself!!!
All the best!

Posted by: Teale Nist on 3/23/2014 at 9:12 pm

Way to go ladies!!!!!! Glad you made it safe and sound. Looking forward to following you through your journey. Hi Susan, be safe.

Posted by: Debra on 3/23/2014 at 5:37 pm

March 23, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek:  Mark Tucker & Team Fly to Lukla and start the trek

After an early start this morning from the hotel in Kathmandu, the team boarded a plane to Lukla.  Then the trek began. We met our Sherpa team and began our trek to Everest Base Camp with a hike along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding. The weather was very nice for hiking today.  Now, we are checked in at our first tea house of the trip.  We are excited to have stretched our legs a bit and arrived in the mountains.

We will check in tomorrow from Namche Bazarre.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Susan - you look like you love swinging bridges!

Posted by: Love the pictures, thanks on 3/25/2014 at 1:50 pm

Hi Liz and SUsan!! Imaging you and your Gutsy experience. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Sending you lots of energy and positive thoughts!! XOXO

Posted by: connie black on 3/24/2014 at 12:49 pm

March 24, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

The team had a very nice rest after our last night in Kathmandu. The city was a hoot, but back here in the high country is tough to beat.

All business today.  After a nice breakfast of French toast, guess we should call it Nepali toast, we started ascending to Namche Bazaar. A little overcast made for pleasant travel.  We are now officially in Sagamartha National Park, which encompasses Mount Everest. We climbed more than 2,000 feet in great style and are now resting comfortably at a tea house in Namche Bazaar. Located at over 11,000 feet makes for a planned extra day here for rest and adjusting to these altitudes. So important to not ascend too quickly. The A team is consuming a lot of great food, but that is a good thing.  Remember you can’t run a bulldozer on a pint of diesel!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Nancy , I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!What an experience.  Jackie and I are here looking at the photos of your trek…...WOW!

Posted by: mimi on 4/3/2014 at 8:58 am

Hi Liz and all your spirited team members!
So proud of you guys and wishing you all the best as you continue on a trip of a lifetime!  So proud of you all!!!  Very inspirational to see you guys pushing it to your limit.
Sending Love and light,

Posted by: Karin Hathaway on 3/25/2014 at 1:03 pm

March 25, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Venture Out and Above Namche Bazaar

What a nice day for the team. Really the first time to catch our breath and that is not an easy task here at 11,000ft. After the whirlwind tour of Kathmandu, a flight into the mountains, and a big hike yesterday, what a nice option to take it easy today. We still cut a swath through Namche Bazaar, invested in the local economy and even stretched our legs a bit. Recharging our physical and gadgetry batteries was the focus of the day.

One highlight was a trip to the local museum. It had three viewing areas: one being a typical Sherpa home with all the furnishings, another of Sherpa history and culture, and a room full of Everest history, fantastic photos and early expedition gear.

The team has been behaving well and enjoying all the support of our local outfitter, High Altitude Dreams, and the fantastic staff here at our Tea house in Namche, Camp de Base. We all feel so lucky to spend this time with these wonderful people.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Have fun Elizabeth! Thinking of you..
Following the blog everyday!

Posted by: anahita tamboli on 3/26/2014 at 11:57 am

Elizabeth and Nancy (and Team)~
Looks like a fantastic trip and memories of a lifetime being made….ENJOY!!

Posted by: Jane Ramos on 3/26/2014 at 11:08 am

March 26, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Visit the Tengboche Monastery

The team did fine work of packing up, grabbing a quick breakfast then good-bye Namche. Hello to Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Teboche, Cholatse, which are just a few peaks between 20,000’ and 27,000’. Of course, the big one, Mt. Everest at 29,035’ was also out in full bloom under clear skies and warm temperatures.  No we didn’t climb any of them, just enjoyed them from afar.  Another great job by the A team. Tackled the Tengboche Hill in fine style and just as we arrived at the infamous monastery, a monk began blowing through a giant conch shell announcing the afternoon prayer.  We abandoned our boots at the entrance and spent some time in the ornate sanctuary listening to them chant. A few nice photos and twenty minutes down the hill to the Rivendale Tea House for the night. A full day to say the least.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

So proud of you Nancy!  You are a great inspiration to me.  I even did a minor climb…I went to the top of Diamond Head.  Keep you’re spirits up.  You’re in my thoughts & prayers everyday.  Love following you’re experience as it is happening.

Posted by: Cece on 3/28/2014 at 12:06 am

You all look amazing!!  SO proud of you!!  The weather looks beautiful.

Posted by: Dada Glaser on 3/27/2014 at 6:49 am

March 27, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

March 28, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

March 29, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

March 30, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

March 31, 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

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