Normally, at this time, our Everest climbing team would have just finished two nights at Namche Bazaar and trekked on to the village of Deboche where they would be spending the evening with our friends at the Rivendell Lodge and looking forward to six more days on the trail towards Everest Base Camp.
But as you know, this terrible COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about everything for all of us. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted from the dire to the inconvenienced. Included in that are all of our Nepal staff, including Sherpa and other mountain workers who depend on the spring climbing season for such a large percentage of their annual income. Income that is used to support their families, buy food, pay school costs, maintain their homes, and more. This year’s loss of income will be a considerable hardship for many of them.
While Madison Mountaineering will be doing what we can to lessen the loss, we need your help! Please consider making a generous donation to the GoFundMe campaign we have established to assist our impacted Nepal staff. All proceeds will be distributed directly to them.
Also, friend of Madison Mountaineering, Alan Arnette, who for many years has been providing excellent daily coverage of the Everest climbing season (and other climbing expeditions year-round) has this year created a wonderfully entertaining fictional day-by-day ‘coverage’ – Virtual Everest 2020 – that we hope you will follow and enjoy!
We will get through this together and be climbing again soon!