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Mt. Everest: Climbers Listen to the Prayers and Chants of Sherpa During Puja Ceremony

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

It was cloudy overhead this morning, threatening another pulse of snow.  We’d enjoyed yesterday’s calm sunshine and hoped for one more day of the same, but that didn’t seem likely.  The snow held off nicely for our Puja ceremony though and we even got a couple hours of sunshine.  The climbing Lama had made his way up from Pangboche for the event… Ours was the first in camp other than the one for the Icefall Doctors (who have been hard at work building the climbing route for the past two weeks already).  We sat and listened to the prayers and chants as our Sherpa team attended to all of the mechanics of the ceremony, distributing offerings and building the prayer mast with colorful flags radiating out in five directions.  The idea is that we want the blessing of the gods before we put any of our team at risk on the mountain.  Having watched a gargantuan avalanche come down over the icefall around seven this morning, we all hoped the gods were paying attention to our pleading.  The Puja finishes with everybody throwing tsampa (barley flour) up to the heavens and then in a gesture of friendship and camaraderie, spreading the remaining tsampa on the cheeks and noses of one’s fellow climbers.  We all wished each other good luck and careful climbing and then toasted with beer, coca cola, whiskey, rakshi and chang (it wasn’t a requirement that any individual have each and every one of those… we are at 17,500 ft and it really doesn’t take much sipping to feel an amplified effect).
After lunch, we walked out onto the lower section of the Khumbu Glacier to stretch our legs and explore as the storm moved in.  We were able to walk on frozen streams and watercourses beneath great towers of gleaming ice.  It was snowing good and hard by the time we got back to camp, but now -in early evening- that snow has quit although cloud still hangs low and plentiful around us.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Puja Ceremony for the 2015 RMI Everest Climbing team.  Photo: Dave Hahn The Puja Ceremony at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn Enjoying the friendship and camaraderie at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn The 2015 RMI Everest Expedition post Puja ceremony. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Everest: Team Gets to Work at Everest Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Dave Hahn | April 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello RMI Blog Enthusiasts!
It’s another sunny day here in Everest Base Camp. Of course, our team is doing great. However, all of us are a little sad. This morning our two trekkers that followed along with us parted ways and started their return journey back to Kathmandu.
I have to tell you that it was a lot of fun having Bonnie and Erin along giving our climbing team support. I am sure they are already trying to figure out what kind and how many pizzas they will order at Fire and Ice Pizza.
As for the rest of us we got down to some business today. The team went over and rigged their climbing equipment. Now, crampons are fitting snug, ice axe leashes are set and ascenders are set to the perfect length. There’s no doubt, we are ready to do some practicing to work out any kinks before we actually get busy with the real deal.
It’s now time to relax, drink a few more cups of tea and put on our dinner attire.

Most importantly though!! How bout them Wisconsin Badgers! This Wisconsin native cannot remember the last time The Badgers were in the finals. So with no further hesitation…
WISCONSIN!!!
RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Mt. Everest: Easter Bunny Stops By Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Happy Easter!  The Everest Base Camp bunny somehow found his way through falling snow last night and left chocolate for each climber and trekker to find this morning.  In the night, we couldn’t hear the the rabbit over the noise of storm winds aloft and a handful of thunderous ice avalanches off the mountains around us.  Morning wasn’t so bad though, the sun eventually made it through the clouds and Kumar’s great breakfast had us all feeling comfortable and content.  This was a holiday for our team… 17,500 feet takes a little bit of getting used to and so we hadn’t planned anything more strenuous than a series of naps and a walk out to “Icy Cyber” -the spot out in the Khumbu Glacier where we dependably get 3G cell service.  A few helicopters came through on flight seeing tours and we watched the Icefall Doctors working their way up and down this year’s route through the jumbled glacier.  Our Sherpa team labored at building the stone altar for our Puja, which ought to take place in several days.

Tonight’s dinner will be special as it will be our last chance to hang with Erin and Bonny.  They’ll start working back toward Kathmandu tomorrow morning, as planned, and we’ll begin to focus on the mountain.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI communications tent at Everest BC. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Arrive at Everest Base Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

This is Dave Hahn calling from Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet on the Khumbu Glacier. Well, we made it. We came up from Lobuche today, the entire team- six climbers, two trekkers, and two guides. Tschering Dorjay Sherpa, our Sirdar, leading the way, brought us up to Base Camp. I think we are about the first climbing team to make it into Base Camp this year. And at our base camp, incredible progress has been made. Our Sherpa team has done great work setting our camp up and Mark Tucker, our base camp manager, has been here the last couple of days and got things buffed out just perfectly for us to move in.

We started up from Lobuche at 8:15. We got to Base Camp at 1:15, so we made great progress. It was a beautiful day with just a little cloud cover, and it was just about perfect for walking. Tomorrow we’ll get squared away and get internet capabilities again, and get back into written distractions, but just wanted to bring you up to date for this evening. Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Yaks moving supplies in Everest Base Camp. Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Dave Hahn calling after arriving to Everest Base Camp.

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Laying Low in Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 16,175'

A quiet day for us at 16,000 ft in Lobuche.  Things are certainly colder up at this end of the valley, but the sun was good and strong this morning and so we ventured out for a short walk along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to stretch legs and catch views.  Nuptse is front and center and ridiculously steep when viewed from Lobuche (and from any other angle as well, come to think of it) but our eyes kept straying toward Everest Base Camp and the peaks that surround it- Pumori, Lingtren and Khumbutse.  It isn’t very far away now… We’ll be there tomorrow with any luck.  But first things first, we made the most of this rest day with a short visit to the Italian research “pyramid” a few minutes away and up a side valley.  One of the staff gave us a fine tour of the facilities and described the atmospheric and glacial science being conducted.  Then it was back to our tea house as the sky clouded up yet again.  Snow started falling after lunch, which made it just that much easier to kick back and rest away the afternoon.  We’ve got cards, chess and scrabble… Books and naps worked pretty good as well.

Last night in a tea house… Tent life begins tomorrow.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Nuptse from Lobuche, Nepal. Photo: Dave Hahn Italian Pyramid and Pumori at Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Hahn and Team Reach Lobuche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 16,000'

Finally back in the land of Internet… But we had to go to 16,000 ft for it.  The team is safely in Lobuche.  We cruised up from Pheriche this morning in just about three and a half hours.  Conditions were nice enough for walking, but it was a little on the cool side and not conducive to hanging out for long.  The first glance at the sky today had us thinking we’d be walking in another snowstorm, but things cleared up well enough while we ate breakfast.  We had fine views of Taboche, Cholatse, Pumori, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along with a half dozen other Himalayan giants.  The last hour of today’s hike involved snow-covered ground, but didn’t present us with any special problems.  All the team are acclimatizing well and we hope for an easy day of hiking and resting around Lobuche tomorrow.

Best Regards,

RMI Guides Dave Hahn, JJ Justman and Team

 

Mt. Everest Team trekking into Lobuche. Photo: Dave Hahn Mt. Everest Team Trekking on Trek with Ama Dablam in background. Photo: Dave Hahn Mt. Everest Team with Ama Dablam. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Acclimate in Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | April 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 15,500'

Dave Hahn calling in from Pheriche on our Everest climb. Hey, We’re still in black out zone. A temporary black out for all internet and cell phones, so I’m calling from the satellite phone. It’s our last night in Pheriche tonight. We had a great easy day here in Pheriche, the team went hiking this morning about 1500 feet above Pheriche about 15,500’ or so. It was a nice hike and nice views of Makalu the 5th highest mountain, we had views of Lhotse, Cho Oyu the 6th highest mountain, great views all around. And everybody is feeling really well.

We attended a high altitude medicine lecture that was given by the Himalayan Rescue Association next door in the afternoon. We then had a pretty easy afternoon of resting,  playing games, reading and nice dinner. A nice treat for us, Casey Grom’s Base Camp and Island Peak Trekking Group fresh from Base Camp shared the the dining room with us for the evening, It was nice to visit with some friends. We’re looking forward to moving up to Lobuche. It is currently nice, but we will see what we get this evening. A things being equal we be in Lobuche tomorrow.

We will keep you informed.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn and Team

The Views from Pheriche. Photo: Dave Hahn


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Trek in Snow to Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,950'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from RMI’s Everest Expedition. We left Deboche this morning….  The team is now up here at 13,800 feet in Pheriche. We walked through snow today, about four inches of new snow over night. It was a beautiful morning for strolling through the last of the forest that we would be walking in today. We walked over to Tengboche and had an audience with Lama Geshe. He gave us his blessings and greeted us as always very friendly, and had a nice seating with him. We proceeded on our way towards Pheriche, had lunch in Somare and got here, Pheriche, by about 2:30 this afternoon. Everybody’s getting comfortable now in the Himalayan Hotel, and enjoying the nice dining room here, under the stars, looking up at Ama Dablam and beautiful mountains all around. We will check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Rows of Mani Stones between Deboche and Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Teahouse in Pheriche, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection


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Mt. Everest: Hahn & Team Spend Another Night in Deboche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman | March 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 12,325'

Hey, this is Dave Hahn phoning in from the RMI Everest Climb. We are in Deboche still. Last night I couldn’t get through it was snowing fairly hard and I couldn’t get a phone signal. This morning, it’s looking a little bit better. A little sunshine coming through; there is still some high clouds. But right now we’re at a green light to go up to Pheriche. Our intention is to go up through Pangboche, see Lama Geshe, and head up to Pheriche this evening. Yesterday was a nice quiet day for us. We just went up to Tengboche Monastery in the morning and then kinda hunkered down in our tea house here in Deboche to wait out the snowstorm. But nice afternoon taking it easy. Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Tengboche Monastery, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection Monks in prayer at the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory


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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]

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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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