Day 15 – Khumbu Icefall

Walking to the Icefall

Walking to the 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 you can see part of the glacier as we walked along.


The purpose of the trek was to stretch out our legs, take some pictures, and give the climbers a sense of the terrain they will have to traverse to reach Camp 1.  For most climbers it will take about five hours to climb through the icefall to reach Camp 1. This includes climbing over ice faces and walking across ladders placed over crevasses by the “Ice Doctors”. They originally prepare the route through the icefall and regularly maintain it throughout the climbing season. See the image below for an image of the icefall.


In the afternoon we continued our scheduled program of relaxing. As we are running out of interesting things to keep us occupied I’ve played a large number of games of Scrabble with my mom. She likes to think she’s better than me at the game (which makes sense since she is better than me).


Tonight after dinner we had a fascinating presentation from Russell Brice about his climbing and guiding career. One common theme throughout his talk was how work would get in the way of his time to climb mountains and how he would try to find jobs near mountains so he could climb more often. Another common theme was “mileage” or experience is highly valuable and helpful.


One more rest day here before we start climbing back down.

Everest West Ridge and Icefall

Everest West Ridge and Icefall


  1. Allen - April 13, 2012

    congrats on reaching base camp, great pictures. good luck in scrabble (i bet the sherpas could give you words that could score you some major points)

  2. sean burke - April 14, 2012

    Congrats on all your success! Love reading about all of this!

  3. Maureen Kammerer - April 14, 2012

    This is from Maureen Kammerer, in Vienna, Va. My husband, Joe, is the treasurer of the Tanzania Education Fund and is recuperating from hip surgery as I write this. We are so proud and in awe of what you are doing. Congratulations on reaching the base camp to you and your Mom and Dad. What a fabulous experience you are having. The great beauty is eclipsed by the awesome challenge of survival in that atmosphere I would think. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers for a safe and successful trip full of the awesome beauty of nature. When I was 25 in 1965 I went in a single engine plane to South America to see the ruins in Central America. I was awed by the Andes, but the Himalayas are even more spectacular. Thanks for all your postings and pictures. We will await the next installment….

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