Posts Tagged "Everest Base Camp"

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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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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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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