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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Arrive Gorak Shep

Hello everyone.
We’re still here. Just went through Loboche which is a little short on cell service, wifi and I even had trouble getting my sat phone to work.
The last couple of days have been really nice and strangely it seems to be getting warmer as we get higher. We hiked to Gorak Shep today and wanted to climb up Kala Patar but the evening swirling clouds have us waiting till tomorrow.
We are literarily a stones through from the Khumbu glacier and only about two hours from Mt. Everest Base Camp. Everyone seems to be doing well and we are so excite for Base camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hope you’ve reached base camp

Posted by: Kristy yenkey on 3/30/2014 at 8:58 am

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

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

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

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Take Another Day in Pheriche

Hello everyone.

Today we opted to take an additional rest day here in Pheriche.  There’s a cold going around and everyone could benefit from a little more acclimatization.  Most of us went on a hike to stretch our legs and lungs a bit.  It was one of the nicest days in the Khumbu yet, with plenty of sunshine and it was relatively warm today. 

After our hike we relaxed once again in the sunroom and played a bit of cribbage. Currently Travis and Sean are winning, but I think their luck is about to change.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and head further towards Everest Base Camp.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Clay and I are enjoying your days there vicariously. Photos are amazing, and we are loving having a glimpse of your surroundings. Norm, I’ve been wondering if that K-State cap is keeping your head warm—-or is it just your heart?......:) Stay safe and ENJOY! Judy E.

Posted by: Judy Edmands on 3/28/2014 at 7:43 am

Hi, Dad!  Pete, Lynn and I check in on you each day- great to see the pics. Wishing solid legs and lungs for all. Much love- chris

Posted by: Chris Y on 3/27/2014 at 7:11 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team’s Rest Day in Pheriche

Hello again from Pheriche.

Today was another well-deserved rest day for the team. After breakfast we contemplated going on a hike but the chilly temperatures and wind outside kept us inside pouring more coffee and relaxing in the nice warm sunroom. Everyone did a little exploring of this small village of about a dozen tea houses, some venturing further than others. At 3:00 pm we walked next door to the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) and sat in on a short, but informative, talk about altitude and travel issues. The HRA has small seasonal medical facility based here to treat climbers, trekkers, porters, and Sherpa that need help. It was established by the famous American doctor Peter Hacket in 1974.

Our evening was spent watching the local traffic of porters and yaks pass by loaded with gear for this climbing season.  Everyone is still in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hey Casey - Just wanted to say “Hi”.  Hope you are doing well.
-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 3/26/2014 at 12:21 am

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

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Arrive in Pheriche

Hello everyone.

We had a wonderful day again here in Nepal. We started with our usual breakfast and coffee at 8:00 and hit the trail around 9:00. Since it’s been rather cold here this spring, we haven’t wanted to start hiking too early. The team was very fortunate to spot a rare Musk Deer and even saw a few mountain Tarr, which is a type of Himalayan mountain goat.

We made our way to Pangboche where we visited the highest ranking Lama in the Khumbu and received a blessing for safe passage.  We continued along the trail passing by the iconic Ama Dablam and slowly came into Pheriche.

The team is doing great and enjoying the amazing scenery every step of the way.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Spectacular views. WOW what a journey. Jay and I have been following your trip. What’s with the K-State cap. Jay and Jack,  Topeka

Posted by: Jack Bybee on 3/25/2014 at 9:11 am

Pictures of the view are spectacular, can only imagine them in real time…
The trip will soon end but the memories will last a lifetime!

Posted by: Audrey on 3/25/2014 at 4:04 am

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

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

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