Dropback to Namche

Climbers Josh Garrison, Sara Safari, Saskia Jacobs and Cameron Kenny arrive in Namche

The team flew down to Namche Bazaar and has started their “dropback” period where the lower elevation will give their bodies time to recover from altitude.  Everest guide Terray Sylvester provides today’s expedition dispatch:

Hello!  This is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Everest and Lhotse expedition.  It’s May 6th.

Today our climbers flew down from base camp (5310m/17,421ft) to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,290ft).  It was a bit cloudy in the morning which delayed helicopter flights but all of us took off from base camp by about 3:30pm / 4:00pm and made it down to Namche not too long after.  So, we will rest here for a few days before flying back up to base camp to begin our summit push.

People are feeling well and looking forward to the excellent coffee, hamburgers, pizza, pastries, and other good things to enjoy here in Namche before we get back up to base camp.

We’ll be in touch!


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