The Everest team conducted training in the Icefall above base camp today. Garrett Madison provides the day’s summary:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest climbing team. Today we had a training day at base camp. We went out onto the glacier and practiced ascending fixed lines, repelling down vertical sections, climbing ladders and just getting comfortable with the different types of climbing techniques necessary to go up through the Khumbu Icefall. Today was our second training day. Everybody did really good. We had great weather. So, it was nice to be out today – some sunshine, some warmth, and then, as usual, it clouded up in the afternoon. But, we are doing well. We’re going to train tomorrow as well and then go on an acclimatization hike the following day. So, all good here at Everest base camp. Thanks for checking in!
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[ NOTE from Kurt: you may have read about the accident on Sunday at the same Lukla airport used by our team and nearly all climbers and trekkers in the Everest region. We are thankful that no one from our team or staff was involved in the incident that tragically killed the first officer of the aircraft and two police officers on the ground and injured four others. We send our prayers to all of them. ]
As the team settles into life at base camp, one of the first orders of business is the truly wonderful and deeply spiritual Puja Ceremony. Typically a Lama priest will travel up the valley to base camp and conduct a half-day ceremony at the purposely built alter that the team’s Sherpa and support team have painstakingly constructed. This ceremony is the essential step of prayer for safe passage for all that will be travelling on the mountain. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provides this update of the team’s activities:
Hi, this is Garrett checking in for the Mount Everest climbing team. We had a wonder Puja ceremony in base camp where a Buddhist Lama came up. And we asked the mountain for safe passage for all of our climbers and Sherpas. Now we are heading out training in the Khumbu Ice Fall, practicing fixed line climbing techniques, repelling and ladder crossing. Everybody’s doing good here in base camp. We’ve got some sunshine today, so it’s a nice change from yesterday which was mostly cloudy.
We are looking forward to a few days of training here before getting ready to head up to the higher camps in about a week’s time, All’s well here in base camp. Thanks!
Checking in from their home for the next 6 weeks or so, expedition leader Garrett Madison provides this update:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition team. Today we had our first full day in base camp. We woke up to decent weather – some sun, had a little walkabout around camp to get the lay of the land and put the finishing touches on our camp to dial in everything – getting it just the way we want it. Everyone’s doing really well. We had a wonderful dinner here, we’re watching a movie and looking forward to good night’s rest. Tomorrow we are going to take it easy as well, just acclimatizing, resting, and hopefully do our Puja ceremony, if the Lama can make it up here. So, all good here in Everest base camp. Thanks!
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Welcome to Everest base camp! Today the team completed the final leg of the trek from Gorak Shep (5164m/16,942ft) to base camp (5364m/17,598ft). Everest guide Stuart Robertson provides today’s update:
Hey folks! Stuart here with Madison Mountaineering. Just checking in with progress today. I’m pleased to report the whole team is up at Everest base camp, the staging point for our climb ahead. Beautiful day today. We left Gorak Shep this morning and followed up the lateral moraine of the glacier. Nice, easy day, got into base camp and quite a testament to Garrett and the Sherpa team and [guide] Conan [Bliss] about beautiful this place is (!), and luxurious.
The team’s all doing really well, we’re listening to Stevie Nicks at the moment, having some fun. We just had a great dinner from Deepak, an Indian meal this evening, some cake for desert. A little bit different from I was here last in the mid 1990’s. Joyce [Azzam] is saying something in the background, but we are ignoring her because she did this cast yesterday. So maybe Joyce can do it again in the future. But again, everyone sends their love. Thanks for tuning in. Tomorrow’s going to be a little bit of an active rest day. We’re just gonna walk around base camp, probably meet some friends, maybe visit HRA, the doctors at base camp, and breath some of that thinner air to continue the aclimitization. Again, thanks alot for tuning in and bye for now! (team shouting byes in the background)
Leaving Gorak Shep for base camp
At the top of Kala Patthar
View from Kala Patthar
First close up view of Everest approaching base camp
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Team member Joyce Azzam (@joyceazzam7s) provides today’s Everest expedition dispatch from the final village before base camp, Gorak Shep:
Okay, hello Kurt. How are you? So, today is Thursday, 11th of April. We left the lodge from Lobuche village at 8 am. We had a beautiful hike. The views…, we just…, we got Everest, can you imagine? It was really beautiful blue sky. All the team got to Gorak Shep now. All the team got really in good shape and we had a wonderful lunch. Then, after an hour of break, we went to Kala Patthar. We all summited together. One of the team members had a very nice interview with a French channel. Then we just hang out, played cards, and had dinner. We just send you lots of kisses.
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Today the Everest team enjoyed a beautiful hike to Lobuche (4935m/16,190ft) and were able to post a slew of amazing photos. Here’s Garrett with the details:
Hey! This is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition. We’re all up there in Lobuche at the Himalyian Hotel tea house. Everyone’s doing great and we had a beautiful day hiking up from Dingboche (4325m/14,190ft) – great panoramas of the surrounding mountains: Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse. Just a fantastic day! We are tucked in here at the Lobuche lodge waiting for dinner. Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Gorak Shep and hike Kala Patthar. So, all is good here on the hike to base camp. We’ll check in soon!
Looking across at Ama Dablam, Dingboche in the foreground
Today, the Everest team did some acclimatizing above Dingboche. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, recaps the day:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition. Today we went for an acclimatizing hike up the hill behind Dingboche and gained about 2,500 ft., (765m) up to about 16,500 ft. (5030m), and came back down for lunch. And then just enjoyed the local coffee shop and some pastries here in town. It was a good day, not as sunny as yesterday, but nice and cool as we hiked up the hill and back. Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Lobouche. Everyone is doing great and looking forward to another good day on the trail.
Today the team received a blessing with the High Lama of the Khumbu Valley as they made their way from Debuche to Dingboche, as reported by expedition leader, Garrett Madison:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition. Today we trekked up from Debuche to Dingboche, stopping in the village of Pangboche for a blessing with the High Lama of the Khumbu Valley. It was a very enjoyable, and sacred, special ceremony. After that, we finished out today off here to Dingboche. Everyone’s doing great! Beautiful weather now, the rain’s past, it’s been sunny, warm and beautiful views of all the surrounding peaks. We’re looking forward to an acclimatization hike tomorrow here in Dingboche and another night in this village before moving up to Lobuche the day after. All’s well here in Nepal. We’ll check in soon. Thanks!
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Today the team has left Namche Bazaar and is heading up the trail to Deboche (3770m/12,369ft). Here’s Garrett with the update from the trail:
Hi, this is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition. We had our blessing today in Namche and now we’re heading up the trail towards Deboche. Lots of yaks on the trial today carrying loads up and down the valley. Nice and cool, cloudy, overcast, so not too hot today which is actually a nice change. Everybody’s doing great and we’ll check in from Deboche.
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From Lukla, the Everest team has made their way up the valley, overnighting Phakding, and continuing on up the big hill to Namche Bazaar. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provides this report:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition team! Today is April 5th and we trekked up to the village of Namche Bazaar. A beautiful day trekking up over the suspension bridges and the river gorge. Got up to Namche, had a hot shower, and explored some of the village. We just had a wonderful dinner and we are getting ready to head off to bed. Everybody is doing great! We had a beautiful day, not too hot, no rain, some nice mountain views, and everybody’s really happy to be here. We’ll check in soon. Thanks!