Everest Base Camp 2012

Update from John #4 – Bearer of Unfortunate News

From my mom: “I just got off the phone with John and am to be the bearer of unfortunate news…  The expedition has been cancelled. The climbers/guides are all still trying to come to grips with this decision after spending so much time up there trying to accomplish the summit….

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Update from John #3 – Safely Back at Base Camp

Another update courtesy of my mom. “I spoke with John this morning.  He got back to Base Camp yesterday [from Camp 2] after a slightly eventful morning.  Apparently one of the sherpas, 41, had a stroke while walking down the mountain.  He was stabilized there on the spot and evacuated…

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Update from John #2 – Still at Camp 2

Updated passed along from my mom earlier today (Tuesday): “As you might imagine, communication is tough.  According to John, he is in a small valley between 2 peaks, and satellite connection is limited.  When he calls we speed talk for about a minute or less before the satellite disconnects.  He…

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Update from John #1 – Survived the Icefall!

Yesterday my dad left for his 6 day acclimatization trek on Everest which involves passing through the Khumbu Icefall, the most dangerous part of the mountain. There is a constant threat of ice shifts and avalanches from multiple mountains. At the bottom of this post is a short itinerary for…

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Day 21 – Most Dangerous Aiport in the World

Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, the world’s most dangerous airport, is the stage for today’s events. A quick pack and breakfast preceded our hurry over to the “terminal.” The terminal building was a madhouse consisting of visitors waiting around while locals help to organize tickets, weigh and check bags, and shepherd…

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Day 20 – The Last Yak

Start: 11,300 ft     End: 9,300 ft     Total Time: 7hrs 30mins Our last day of hiking was a bittersweet day. It was one of the most difficult days coming after three arduous days of hiking. And yet it was the end of what had become our normal reality. Hiking with my…

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Day 19 – Walking in the Rain and Hail

Start: 12,900 ft     End: 11,300 ft     Total Time: 8hrs As we continued what my mom was coming to call our “Forced March” we realized that while ascending is an experience, descending is simply about getting from point A to point B. Our departure time was pushed up from 9am to…

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Day 18 – Descending to Pangboche

Start: 16,100 ft     End: 12,900 ft     Total Time: 7hrs Today we continue our condensed trek down the mountain to Lukla airport where we can fly back to civilization. What took us two days to climb up we will be descending in just one. And it was a mighty long day….

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Day 17 – Summiting Kala Pattar

Start: 17,500 ft     Summit: 18,200 ft     End: 16,100 ft     Total Time: 7hrs Today we begin our whirlwind speed descent down to the airport in Lukla to fly off of the mountain. What took us 7 days of climbing to reach (with a few rest days for acclimatization thrown in) will…

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