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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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Exquisite!

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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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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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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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Erin - your smile and eyes tell a beautiful, comforting story! Being able to see your face and images of your journey is truly incredible and I feel blessed to… read more

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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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Lovin’ the blog! It’s the first thing I check every morning and maybe several times throught out the day…yes, I know there is only one update per day. I’m enjoying… read more

Posted by: Tiff on 3/27/2015 at 4:48 am

One of my dreams is to see Everest in person. I came across your blog and was stoked to know that I could read as your team progresses towards the… read more

Posted by: Gary Clemens on 3/27/2015 at 2:56 am


Mt. Everest: Team flies to Lukla and begins trek

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 8,700'

This is Dave Hahn with the RMI Everest team and we are calling you tonight from Phakding. We made the flight in this morning from Kathmandu into Lukla. Conditions were pretty clear once we got out of the smoke and smog of Kathmandu.  And we got a great view of the mountain. A beautiful day when we landed in Lukla and we got on the trail and were walking by about 9:30 this morning.  We reached Phakding and Joe’s Garden, our tea house by the river, at about 1 o’clock.  Quiet after noon, resting and relaxing down along the river among the pine trees.  Looking forward to tomorrow and a climb up the Namche Hill and our goal for tomorrow is to get to Namche.  We will keep you informed.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Dudh Kosi River which flows along Phakding.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from Phakding en route to Everest Base Camp.

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Go Tom Go! All’s well here, so keep your head down and GO!

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Posted by: kay and denny on 3/25/2015 at 1:58 pm

Safe travels to you all. The pictures are lovely! Sending my best vibes for your safe passage.

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Posted by: Kelly on 3/25/2015 at 1:12 pm


Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Spend the Day in Kathmandu

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 4,383'

The team got together several times today to eat, drink and discuss the trek and climb to come.  We enjoyed the comfortable calm, immaculately cared-for gardens but at other times, got out into the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu streets to run errands.  We were pleased that our bascamp manager, Mark Tucker, was able to fly into Lukla to begin working his way toward base, some 35 to 40 miles distant.  Most worked to get bags properly packed and organized for an early start in the morning.  As team leader, I was asked to stop by the legendary Elizabeth Hawley’s home office for my yearly interview as to the makeup of our team.  Miss Hawley has kept track of climbing in Nepal and Tibet for more than fifty years and has known every famous and want-to-be-famous climber along the way.
Jet lag remains a big challenge for the team, but our hope is that walking out in the fresh air of the Khumbu Valley will begin to work magic on us.
Fingers crossed for clear weather and smooth flying in the morning.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The busy streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Billy Nugent The streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom

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Bonny and Peter….

Checking in from sea level! We miss you down here. 

Peter, Happy Birthday up there in the clouds.
Bonnie, waiting for you at the… read more

Posted by: Suzy Kelly on 3/25/2015 at 5:32 pm

Larry,
I hope you and your team have an exciting and safe climb. I will be following your climb from sunny Tucson, AZ.
Don

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Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Gather in Kathmandu and Celebrate a Birthday

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Mark Tucker | March 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 4,383'

We had climbers circling the thunderclouds, climbers flying back and forth to Delhi, planes delayed back on the Great Plains… But ultimately, we had the entire RMI Mount Everest 2015 climbing team assembled on time and with all gear at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Katmandu.  Six climbers, two base camp trekkers, two guides, one base camp manager and one Sherpa Sirdar enjoyed a fine dinner together- without so much as one person falling asleep at the table.  Quite a feat considering all the time zones and datelines crossed.  We didn’t discuss intricacies of Everest climbing just yet.  Rather we caught up on each other’s jobs, families, pets and hobbies.  Finally, we sang Happy Birthday to Peter Rogers and devoured the cake commemorating the occasion.
Tomorrow is for packing and prepping and perhaps a few naps.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Everest Climber, Peter Rogers, celebrates his birthday in Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn The 2015 RMI Everest team meets for dinner in Kathmandu. Photo: Dave Hahn Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection

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Peter!  Great to see you and Bonny‚ĶMike and I look forward to following your adventures and continue to be inspired. Safe travels.

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Posted by: Ferrall Dietrich on 3/27/2015 at 5:58 pm

Peter, Bonny & Team!

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VINSON MASSIF: Hahn & Team Arrive in Chile Today

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif

Our last day in Antarctica was pleasantly routine.  The team strolled into the dining tent at Union Glacier Basecamp to enjoy breakfast and the news that the Ilyushin 76 would be “on deck” by mid-afternoon.  We packed our gear and collapsed the tents one more time, then passed the time playing chess and chatting with other climbers.  Sure enough, the big plane touched down at 2:45 PM.  We were on board and lifting off by 5 PM.  Landing in Punta Arenas was smooth and easy 4.5 hours later.  We had to work quickly to get checked in, showered and out to dinner before closing, but all of that was quite enjoyable “work”.  The trip ended with an excellent midnight dinner in Patagonia. 

Thank You for following along.

Until next climb,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

2014 RMI Team on the Summit of Vinson Massif. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Straight to Union

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif

Now we feel lucky.  It was another perfect day at Vinson.  We were out of the tents at high camp by 8 AM and out of camp itself by 10.  There wasn’t even a hint of wind to distract us from the hard work of descending the fixed ropes with heavy packs.  We made it down to low camp, took off the crampons and repacked for hauling sleds.  Snow conditions were ideal for walking and there were rumors of aircraft anxiously anticipating our basecamp arrival and so we didn’t waste too much time in transit.  Arriving at VBC at 3:20, we had to then hurry in yet another gear sorting extravaganza to be ready for flight.  The Twin Otter came in, we loaded up and took off into the cloudless sky.  Exiting the plane at Union Glacier then seemed like a walk in the park compared to life back in the big mountains.  True, it is still a snowy park, and we had to put up tents one more time, but we also got to sit at tables and eat excellent “real” food that we didn’t need to start stoves or melt snow to produce.  Life is easier at Union.  Before the evening was out, all the teams had caught their own flights and the dining tent filled up with happy and successful climbers and adventurers.  We are all right on schedule for tomorrow’s Ilyushin flight… Should the weather allow it.  At the moment, most are figuring it will happen, but most are still pretty excited to be in Antarctica

Best Regards ,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Road signs at Union Glacier. Photo: Peter Whittaker Collection

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On your way home!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas to all.

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