Today we had our Puja ceremony with our entire climbing team including six climbers on the Everest permit, three also on the Lhotse Permit, and all of our climbing Sherpa who will go with us to the summit.

We received blessing from the Buddhist Lama to begin our climb which starts with the Khumbu Ice Fall. Tomorrow our Sherpa climbing team will carry equipment and climbing supplies to our camp 2. The following day, the first of our climbers will begin their ascent to camps 1 and 2.

It was a very special day and great fun with dancing, singing, and plenty of good cheer!

Ice Training

Pretty laid back day at EBC. The team ventured out on ice fall today for some training – dialing in their climbing systems: harnesses, ice axes, cramponing techniques, etc. Weather at EBC remains very consistent: sunny in the morning, clouds building around 11:30am, some afternoon snow, and then clear again in the evening.

Our camp 1 is getting well established as our Sherpa team made a load carry this morning and reported excellent route conditions through the Khumbu Ice Fall.

Everyone is excited for our Puja ceremony tomorrow where all of the climbers, Sherpa, and climbing gear are blessed for safe passage on the mountain. It’s also a quite a party with lots of dancing, singing and a bit of drinking. It will be good times. The Puja importantly opens the mountain for a Sherpa and climbing team to proceed up.

Our base camp systems are all working perfectly and everyone is healthy and having a good time.


Everyone has been enjoying the past two days settling into day-to-day life at EBC. Here is the entire team (minus two climbing Sherpa) assembled in our camp. Orders of the day have been sorting out gear, getting ready for ice training, making our tents organized for the many weeks we will live here, and just enjoying the many comforts provided by our excellent staff, including hot showers and incredibly delicious meals.

The team visited the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) clinic today to meet the doctors and check out the facilities. We are fortunate to have a membership with the HRA for all of our guides, climbers, staff, and base camp crew.  Highly valuable in the event we would need to make use of their services. HRA is a tremendous asset here at EBC.

Yesterday we enjoyed beautiful morning conditions, like today.  We were able to fine-tune our solar power system and our satellite internet access.  Both of which are now working excellently and providing plenty of power and access to our climbers and staff. These resources will allow us to stay in touch and stay entertained with high fidelity.

Our plans for movement up the mountain are starting to firm up.  We are looking forward to training here in base camp and to our all-important Puja ceremony to bless safe travel on the mountain later this week.


Hello everyone,

Just a really quick note to let you know that everyone arrived at Everest Base Camp today and the team is feeling very strong!!

Some of us spent the afternoon organizing our gear and getting settled into our personal tents that will be our homes for the next 6 weeks or so. Others assembled our solar power station and communications gear. Many thanks to our friends who pitched in and made this work more fun and easier.

Lunch and dinner were fantastic and we learned we have some talent in the kitchen! After dinner we enjoyed the award winning American Hustle. Now time for some rest.


Yesterday we trekked up from Dingboche to Loboche and today we moved up to Gorak Shep, the last village before base camp located at 5,150m / 17,000 ft. Tonight we will enjoy the comforts of a soft bed and meals in a heated resort, err lodge.

Yesterday’s trek is one of my favorite segments of the entire Everest Base Camp trek. We traversed high above the valley and enjoyed incredible views. At one point we were able to view three of the world’s 8000m peaks: Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Stunning! The crux of that day was climbing the snout of the Khumbu glacier. At the top of the hill is a memorial area with many chortens memorializing many who lost their lives in surrounding mountains. It is a powerful place for reflection.

Today was a relatively short day of trekking, just 2.5 hours from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. The weather was a bit different today and we were fortunate to reach the lodge before the snow started to fly. The area received a very light dusting but the temperature remained quite cool all day. We have been enjoying a relaxing afternoon hanging out and getting caught up on our reading.

Tomorrow is the day we all have been dreaming of for months – base camp! It should only take us about 2.5 hours to get up there, just in time for lunch. Hopefully our state-of-the-art solar power and communications systems will allow us to maintain more frequent updates as we adjust to living at EBC!



Lunch Break

Greetings from Dingboche (4410m)!

Sorry no post last two day. It is have been difficult to get Internet connectivity here in the Khumbu with so many people trying to update their Facebook status. 🙂

The weather has been fantastic, the trekking unparalleled, and the company delightful. Everyone is doing great and having a good time. Yesterday we trekked from Namche Baazar to Deboche and had the opportunity to spend time at the amazing Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu. And, of course, enjoy some apple pie at the Everest Bakery. Yum!

Yesterday on our trek from Deboche to Dingboche, we were fortunate to have an audience with Lama Geshe. Lama Geshe is the highest holy man in the Khumbu and he bestowed a blessing on all of us for safe passage in the mountains. It was a very powerful.

We are now settled in at Dingboche and are having rest day where we will take an acclimatization hike and enjoy our time here before pressing on to Lobuche tomorrow.


Namche Morning

Beautiful blue skies above the incredible views from Namche Baazar this morning. The entire team enjoyed a another breakfast at the Hotel Tibet and have head out in many different directions for separate projects, including some viewpoint hiking, for our last acclimatization rest day here in Nachme. Tomorrow will we hit the trail and have a chance to visit the Tengboche monastery on our way to the Rivendell Lodge in Deboche.


Garrett and Kurt arrived Nachme this morning.  They reunited with the climbing team for an excellent breakfast at the Hotel Tibet.

Everyone spent the day exploring and enjoying the comforts of Namche Baazar: the coffee shops, bakeries, pubs, and some shopping for very last minute items like personal solar panels.

Kurt ran some system checks on the satellite uplink terminal that will provide our internet connection at Everest base camp. All systems go.

Some new friends were also made which is perhaps the most joyful element of having adventures. Everyone is looking forward to the days ahead.


The climbing team trekked up to Nachme yesterday where we will spend two nights.

Garrett and Kurt will arrive via MI-17 helicopter this morning as their fixed wing flight as cancelled yesterday due to cloud cover in pass leading to Lukla.

The whole team will be together today in Namche.

Craziness here at the Kathmandu airport:  Tribhuvan International! (situation normal). Among the things that you don’t see inside the waiting area at other international airports are monkeys and birds. They were too fast for a photo.