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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

Posted by: Tiff on 3/27/2015 at 12:11 pm


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

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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.

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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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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Descend to Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 13,800'

Hello everyone this is the Aconcagua team coming at ya safe and sound at base camp! This will officially be our last blog. So instead of blabbing on about the same old same old…I’m going to pass the electronics around so our team members can give their own shout outs. JJ Justman

Hi Mom and Sam and Giulia. We both are alive and recovering from a successful summit with beers. Love you, Dad and Jenny

Hey Morgan, Mom and Dad. Had a great time summiting ! Miss you guys a lot. Love Adam!

Hi Vera Kim likely Cary.  I got to 21,000ft so no summit but am now at base camp very difficult so 31 miles to walk out then back to Mendoza. In 2 days very burnt out, but ok. Bye -David P

Jenny and I give a shout out to all the Hines’ and Gazzolas. We conquered Aconcagua 22,841 feet.

I didn’t quite make it to the summit but sure am enjoying the experience! Hi to Mom and Dad, and thanks to Linda for holding the fort down…Sue

Views of the Andes from Aconcagua. Photo: Garrett Stevens

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Good to hear you’re down safe and sound Susan.  The altitudes are incredible and the views awesome.  I look forward to some photos and stories.

Congrats!

Danny

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Posted by: Danny on 1/24/2015 at 5:02 pm

Sue,

We are ALL proud of you for what you’ve accomplished.  Now get down safely and enjoy some Malbec!

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Posted by: Linda on 1/22/2015 at 6:31 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Back Safely to High Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Our Aconcagua team is safe and sound back in high camp. It was a 13-hour day and I am so proud of the entire team! I’d like to go on and on but we have some tired little cookies in desperate need of a good meal and some hot drinks. We will send a great last dispatch from base camp tomorrow!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Aconcagua High Camp beneath the Polish Glacier. Photo: RMI Collection

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Congrats to all!  Love to David and Jenny!
-Grammy

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Posted by: Ann Hines on 1/20/2015 at 6:09 pm

Hi Sue, Jo & Robert and all,
Congrats and can’t wait to hear the story and see the pics of your achievements on the trip.
Well done all!

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 22,841'

Hey everyone out there. Hopefully you can hear me, my voice is a little raspy. This is Team 4. We are on the summit. Feel free you guys to give a hoot-and-holler… We are on the summit of Aconcagua! It is a beautiful day up here. The weather man was way wrong with the winds. Maybe a little breeze, but really nice day on the summit of South America’s highest peak. Everyone give a shout out… Everyone says hello to friends and family. We still have some work to do to get downhill, but everyone’s doing real well. They say hi and we’‘ll touch base when we get down to Basecamp tomorrow. We got a lot of work here to get down and recover and refuel, but everyone’s doing fantastic. Take care everyone. This is Team 4 out on the summit of Aconcagua.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Looking towards Base Camp from near the summit of Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection Aconcagua's Canaleta Couloir. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls from the Aconcagua summit!

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Are you for real?!
JU did her homework today with me and even read for 20 min!!! I’d say that is about equal to your Summit day.

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Posted by: G on 1/20/2015 at 7:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUE AND THE WHOLE TEAM!!!!! The highest peak in the world outside
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Posted by: Norm Symonds on 1/19/2015 at 11:00 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team In Position for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 19,600'

Sorry folks this is gonna be short. Our Aconcagua team is great and we are settling into high camp at 19,600 feet. There’s a lot of work for the guides so we gotta run. Tomorrow is looking good for a summit attempt so wish us luck!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Views of the Andes while approaching High Camp on Aconcagua. Photo: RMI Collection

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Robert, Jo and the group,
May the winds be calm, the view magnificent and your goal reached!  Can’t wait to share the adventure.  Pat

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Posted by: pat ward on 1/19/2015 at 8:28 am

Ok Sue,Jo & Robert and all,
Time to finish that big lump of rock, snow and ice off!  Looking to soon view well produced summit photos and video…..

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Posted by: Russ Frederickson on 1/19/2015 at 7:51 am


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Resting at Camp 2

Posted by: JJ Justman, Steve Gately | January 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Aconcagua
Elevation: 18,000'

Hello RMI blog groupies! Guess what?! Team 4 is resting at Camp Two at 18,000 feet on Aconcagua! Exciting huh! After a casual morning the team talked about preparations for summit day on the 19th. We talked about what color long johns were in fashion for 2015…lime green and how to use the buff headwear in various ways…Steve’s favorite…tube top!

Jenny on our team took on Adam in a new game created called Rockcci ball…don’t ask, simple things confuse me. We went for a casual walk to stretch the legs and get the blood flowing. We are ready to move to high camp and the team is ready!

Let’s Get it On!!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Enjoying the sites from Camp 2, Aconcagua.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hi Glenn, Frank and I are keeping posted on your climb….stay well!  Looking forward to hearing all about adventure.

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Posted by: Margie Grillo on 1/18/2015 at 8:12 pm

Safe and happy travels tomorrow and always!

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