Everest Base Camp 2012

Day 16 – Last Day before Descending

Staying connected has been significantly more challenging here at Everest Base Camp than during the trek in. Luckily with my Dad’s local SIM card from Kathmandu we can make calls out for only slightly more than 3 cents per minute, incredibly cheap. Unfortunately, although the signal works for calls, it…

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Day 15 – Khumbu Icefall

While today is another rest day, we are going on a short excursion (45 min each way) to head to the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. The terrain on the way through Base Camp to reach the icefall was almost as fascinating as the icefall itself. In the picture above…

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Day 14 – Well Deserved Rest in Base Camp

Today is our first of three victorious rest days in Everest Base Camp before we begin our descent. We get to spend our day reading, relaxing, napping, and anything else to pass the time. Luckily our camp is the nicest around for recovering. The center of camp and our main…

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Day 13 – Base Camp!

Start: 16,100 ft     End: 17,500 ft    Total Time: 8 hrs We made it!! After 10 days of climbing over 8,500 ft, battling altitude and illness, we have finally made it. Base camp is very different from what I was expecting. Tucked into a horseshoe of mountains we…

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Day 11 – Our First Base Camp

Start: 13,900 ft     End: 15,800 ft     Highest Elevation: 16,100 ft     Total Time: 4hr 30min Today we reached the base camp for climbing Loboche (summit around 21,000 ft). This mountain will get climbed by most of the group that we are with. Some of the…

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Day 10 – Rest Day in Pheroche

We woke up to our first serious snow of the trip so far with about a foot falling during the night. Although thankfully it got warm enough during the day to melt most of the snow. It gets quite cold at night and I have to make sure to cherish…

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Day 9 – Surviving the Long Day

Start: 12,500 ft     End: 14,000 ft     Highest Elevation: 14,200 ft     Total Time: 7hr 30mins Before starting this blog post I’d like to say thank you to my girlfriend Olivia for all her love and support. Hi We woke up today knowing that today would be a long and difficult day…

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Day 8 – Trek to Phortse

Start: 12,400 ft     End: 12,500 ft     Highest Elevation: 13,050 ft     Total Time: 3hr 45mins Feeling refreshed from the rest day, we woke up ready to resume climbing.  Today’s hike was a moderate up and down hike out of Khumjung before stopping for tea at this restaurant/lodge (at this stage most…

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Day 7 – Much Appreciated Rest Day

Because I was still feeling ill, I was extremely thankful for the rest day in Khumjung. For those (like my Dad) who were feeling good, the guides led a very short trek up to the Everest View Hotel. Although unfortunately due to some extensive cloud cover, the hotel didn’t quite…

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