All Everest expedition dispatches

Today's View from Base Camp

Today, Mountain Hardwear CEO, Joe Vernachio, provide a recap of yesterday’s activities around base camp the plan for today:

Hi, this is Joe Vernachio for the Mountain Hardwear Everest Expedition with Madison Mountaineering.  We had an active rest day yesterday where we walked up into the Khumbu Icefall.  It was a very cloudy, snowy day.  We woke up this morning to bright sunshine, and we are going to do it again today and get some altitude and some acclimatization.  And tomorrow (will be) a rest day, then we will probably start our rotation up the mountain.  Everybody’s good!  We’re here in base camp, just finishing up breakfast, and we are having a GOOD time!  We will talk to you soon!

Joe V on the ice course

Today's View from Base Camp

Today’s View from Base Camp


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With Tim Emmett (Red jacket) who went out onto the sharp end today to fix rope over the ice fin

From Everest Base Camp, expedition leader Garrett Madison provides an update on today’s exciting progress!

Hi!  This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering / Mountain Hardwear Autumn Everest Expedition.  Today is September 18th and we had a great day.  Myself and Tim Emmett went up into the Khumbu Icefall with our whole team of Nepal sheraps and we climbed up to about the half-way point where this ‘impasse section’ has been that no one’s passed for about 10 days.  Tim got outfront along with Dorje Geljin and another one of our sherpas and was able to push through the route and get across this ice ridge and find a good way to get to the other side safely.  So, we’re really excited about that!  Great effort by Tim.

 

The whole team is going to take a rest day tomorrow.  It was pretty snowy today and tomorrow is supposed to be pretty snowy as well but then it should be clearing up and drying out the following day.  In a couple of days from now we’ll make another effort and hopefully the sherpa team will be able to make more progress fixing lines up through the icefall, hopefully to Camp 1 (6050m/19,850ft.).

 

The team of climbers here in base camp are doing great.  Just taking it easy, sorting gear, and getting ready for another fun day here tomorrow in Everest Base Camp.

With Tim Emmett (Red jacket) who went out onto the sharp end today to fix rope over the ice fin

With Tim Emmett (Red jacket) who went out onto the sharp end today to fix rope over the ice fin

In the icefall near the halfway point

In the icefall near the halfway point


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Breakfast at EBC

Low visibility delayed plans to investigate the current impasse along the route through the Khumbu Icefall.  Garrett Madison, expedition leader, has today’s expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mountain Hardwear Autumn Everest Exedition with Madison Mountaineering.  Today is September 17th and we’re in base camp!  Today our trekkers are heading down valley to Pheriche, making their way back to Lukla and the climbing team is here.

 

We were planning to go up today and take a look at the impasse in the Khumbu Icefall just below the ‘football field’ area but it was pretty socked in this morning and some fresh snow.  So, we desided with the low visibility it would be better to wait until tomorrow or the next day when it clears up and we can go up there and scout around and hopefully find a route through the impasse that is holding everyone up right now.

 

Everyone’s doing great and happy to be here at Everest Base Camp!

Trekking team heading out from base camp

Trekking team heading out from base camp – 3 days to Lukla


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The team after the Puja ceremony

After reaching Everest Base Camp yesterday, the team held their Puja ceremony today in which a Buddist Lama led the team in prayers for safe passage on the mountain.  Garrett Madison, expedition leader, has this update:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering / Mountain Hardwear Everest Expedition.  Today is September 16th.  We arrived at base camp yesterday on the 15th, settled in last night, and had a good night.

 

Today we did our Puja ceremony with the whole Sherpa team, all of the climbers, and trekkers!  It was a really good Puja ceremony; we had a Buddist Lama from Pingboche come up the valley and we had good weather for nearly all of our Puja ceremony.  So, it was a great day, great ceremony!

 

Tomorrow we are going to start climbing, work on the route through the icefall.  And also say goodbye to our trekking team who are going to head back down towards Lukla and Kathmandu.  All’s well here at Everest Base Camp.

 

We’ll check-in soon.  Thanks!

Puja!

Puja! (📸: Aang Phurba Sherpa)

Climbing team after the Puja ceremony

Climbing team after the Puja ceremony (📸: Aang Phurba Sherpa)

Garrett and Anag Phurba at the Puja

Garrett and Anag Phurba at the Puja (📸: Aang Phurba Sherpa)

The team after the Puja ceremony

The team after the Puja ceremony (📸: Aang Phurba Sherpa)

 


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2019 Autumn Everest base camp

Today the team reached Everest Base Camp (5280m/17,323ft.) around 09:43 AM UTC (2:43 AM PDT or 3:28 PM Nepal local time)!

Communications are still being set up but expedition leader, Garrett Madison, was able to provide this brief update via our Garmin inReach Mini:

Just arrived in EBC…the crew is psyched to be here…although it’s a little wet and cloudy.  Hopefully clear skies tomorrow morning for our Puja ceremony.  Everyone is doing great.  The base camp set up is nice!

Today’s hike was about six hours from Lobuche (4932m/16,181ft.) including a nice lunch break at Gorak Shep (5264m/17,270ft.) before continuing on to Everest base camp (5280m/17,323ft.).  Stay tuned for more dispatches as the climbing team settles into their home for the next month and begins the climbing!

RainOn tracking map of trek from Lobuche to EBC

Tracking map of trek from Lobuche to EBC

2019 Autumn Everest base camp

Our autumn Everest base camp dining tent. Check out the sweet stonework in the foreground. (📸: Aang Phurba Sherpa)


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Team in Pheriche

Today the Everest team moved up along the Khumbu Glacier to the village of Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft.), leaving just one more day of trekking to reach Everest Base Camp.  Here’s expedition leader, Garrett Madison‘s recap of the day:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mountain Hardwear Mount Everest Expedition team.  Today is September 14.  We had a great day trekking from Pheriche up to Lobuche.  We stopped and had lunch in Thuklha and then stopped at the Everest Memorials and took in the gravity of the place.  And then made our way up to Lobuche where we settled in this afternoon, had a great dinner, also a birthday celebration for one of our team members, Sable, and we’re heading off to bed here shortly.

 

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to arriving in Everest Base Camp!  So, fingers crossed for good weather.  All’s well here on the trek to Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu Valley!

Trekker Sablle with Kilian Jornet on the trek

Sablle (who had a birthday today) with Kilian Jornet on the trek

Team in Pheriche

Team in Pheriche (📸: Francois Lebeau / Louder than 11)


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Team on acclimatization hike above Pheriche

The team took an active rest day today in near the village of Pheriche.  Garrett Madison, expedition leader, gives the lowdown on the day’s activities:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering / Mountain Hardwear Autumn Everest Expedition.  Today is September 13th and we had a great acclimitization hike here in Pheriche (4280m/14,042ft.) in the Khumbu Valley.  We hiked up a nearby mountain ridge about 2,700 vertical feet (823m) and came back to Pheriche for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

 

We just wrapped up a nice dinner and we’re getting ready to head off to bed.  Everyone’s doing well here.  We are starting to feel the altitude a little bit.  Our plan tomorrow is to trek up to the village of Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft.).  So fingers crossed for good weather.  It’s been a little cloudy and rainy but a few, brief interludes of sunlight.  We are having a great time here and are looking forward to another great day on the trail.

Talking through the plan for the day

Talking through the plan for the day (📸: Jess Talley / Louder Than 11)

Team on acclimatization hike above Pheriche

Team on acclimatization hike above Pheriche


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Everest!

Edging closer to Everest Base Camp, the team trekked from Deboche to Pheriche today.  Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, phoned-in this update of the day’s progress:

Helllo!  This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering / Mountain Hardwear Everest Expedition – Autumn Season in Nepal!  Today is September 12th and we had a great day trekking from the rhododendron forest in Deboche (the Rivendale Lodge), up to Pheriche.  We are staying at The Edelweiss Lodge.  We crossed some beautiful suspension bridges today, went through Pangboche, Shomare, and arrived at Pheriche this afternoon.

 

We had a wonderful dinner here in the Edelweiss Lodge and we are hoping for a clear day tomorrow for our acclimitization hike.  Hoping to get some nice views of the surrounding mountains.  Everyone’s doing great here in Pheriche at 14,000 feet (4255m) and we are looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow!

Crossing a suspension bridge in the Khumbu valley

Crossing a suspension bridge in the Khumbu valley (📸: Jess Talley / Louder Than 11)

It’s lush and green in the Khumbu!

It’s lush and green in the Khumbu! (📸: Jess Talley / Louder Than 11)

Everest!

Everest! (📸: Jess Talley / Louder Than 11)


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Outside the Tengboche monastery

Here is expedition leader, Garrett Madison, with today’s report on the trekking progress towards Everest Base Camp:

Helllo, this is Garrett calling in for the Mountain Hardwear Mount Everest Expedition.  Today is September 11th we had a great trek today from Namche down the hillside and across the river, up to the Tengboche Monastery, and then down into the rhododendron forest to the village of Deboche.  We are staying in the Rivendale Lodge here in Deboche.

 

We just had a great dinner and folks are heading off to bed.  It’s raining hard outside – it’s feeling like a bit of the monsoon season.  But we are hoping for clear sky tomorrow and a nice view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam.  All’s well here on the trek to Everest Base Camp.

Enjoying tea on the trek to Debuche

Enjoying tea on the trek to Debuche

Outside the Tengboche monastery

Outside the Tengboche monastery

Post dinner guitar session at the Rivendell lodge, Debuche

Post dinner guitar session at the Rivendell lodge, Debuche


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Tim Emmett in Khumjung today, mani stones beside

Today the Everest team continued their acclimatizing around Namche and up to Khumjung.  Garrett Madison, expedition leader, provides a recap of the day:

Helllo, this is Garrett calling in for the Mountain Hardwear Mount Everest Expedition.  Today is September 10th and we had a great day trekking around Namche.  We went up to the Everest View Hotel and got a few glimpses of Everest and Lhotse.

 

Then we made our way over to the village of Khumjung and visited with some friends of ours, Renji Sherpa and his wife and son.  They made us some boilled potatoes.  We had some milk tea and then followed up by some Chhaang, or rice wine, which is really tasty.

 

Later we made our way back to Namche for lunch, had a restful afternoon, and a nice dinner here at the Panorama Lodge.  Now we are all off to bed and looking forward to a great day tomorrow.  Our plan is to head out around 8:30 in the morning, trek through Tengboche – visit the monastery there, and then down to the rhododendron forest of Deboche to the Rivendale Lodge.  So, looking forward to a great day tomorrow.  All’s well here in Namche!

Garrett, Tim Emmett, Kancha Sherpa (last surviving member of 1953 Everest expedition), Zac Bookman

Garrett, Tim Emmett, Kancha Sherpa (last surviving member of 1953 Everest expedition), Zac Bookman

Above Namche

Above Namche

Above Namche

The team in Khumjung

Tim Emmett in Khumjung today, mani stones beside


In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow the team as they trek to Everest Base Camp and then make their attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain on:

Instagram:

– our Garmin inReach Mini powered real-time tracking map:

Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear Garrett Madison’s daily audio expedition updates