Recognizing our common humanity on the summit – September 2017
Climbing Team – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park – Alaska
An approximation of our route. Note that we will not be going all the way to Everest Base Camp. That requires a multiple day deviation to the route and we will see Everest multiple times from our route. It is also, in my opinion, overrated. It is also crowded and sadly, trash heavy. The Chinese just this year closed their side to anyone but those with actual climbing permits.
Crampons that attach to the bottom of one’s hiking boots.
Monkeys have free range.
Cow at a busy intersection cars were zipping by on both sides of road.
Cremations and the river in which all ashes are spread that flowers to the Ganges.
Our plane after landing in Lukla
Lukla very short landing strip on a hill. Yikes!
At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park
On the trail up. Note the suspension bridges in background
Amazing what porters carry. Our porter did not carry this weight blessedly
Namche street: One always makes way for the animal caravans,
Monument to Pemba Doma, Nepal’s most famous female Sherpa
Namche from above, taken day 5
Namche from above, taken day 6 after snow
Met Anthony. He is prepping to summit Everest on May 15 with no bottled oxygen. Wow.
This Khumbu valley pic taken a few days earlier
Out our window in Tengboche
Breakfast in Tengboche: Delicious Tibetan toast (imagine a beignet)
Everest and Lhotse outside our window in Tengboche, and the Yeti too 😊
A Sherpa child, cute and curious as can be
A typical suspension bridge. Still getting used to crossing them and hoping a yak is t coming the other way
“Facilities” at altitude in tea houses
Extraordinary views on route to Lobuche
Our amazing porter Sundar. I’ll be giving him my Vermont State Colleges shirt at end to recruit students!
On route to Lobuche is this memorial to climbers who died on mountains in area, , particularly Everest. This one is dedicated to Scott Fischer, famous guide who died on Everest in 1996 and featured in book, Into Thin Air
A strange sight entering Lobuche
A typical menu… we are starting to tire of the similarity, but have had some great French toast and pizza!
Sunset on Nuptse
Sunset shot of mountains on fire. Everest in middle. Froze waiting for right moment but hit jackpot!
Mad River Glen ski area in VT posted on the wall of a tea house in the Himalaya who would have thunk?!
A table of porters and guides.
My great guide Asis at the top of Cho La Pass, 17,611 feet, highest point on trip
Prayer flag I placed on top of Cho La Pass for Amy’s recovery (she did) and Craig and his mom. Also in honor of great friends who couldn’t join us on trip Finally for my wonderful family. I love you very much!
The insane steeps up to Cho La Pass. The other guide at one point had to hack steps for us in the ice!
One of two dogs who followed us up and over Renjo Pass taking a break in the sun on top.
A typical yak dung stove in the tea houses.
I’m a snob about my syrup, but this was a treat at high elevation!
Traditional Sherpa stew. When one starts to lose appetite, one can usually work this down
At Everest Basecamp. Khumbu Glacier ice fall immediately in front. In distance to left are tents for expeditions. This was as close as they allowed you to get. But sure does provide perspective on harshness of area.
At Everest Basecamp with our guide, Asis.
Blue barrels denote supplies going to Everest Basecamp.
Glacier from the side.
Our home away from home at Gorakshep, last overnight spot before Everest Basecamp Amy was airlifted our from here when it was clear her altitude sickness had grown acute. She was a true inspiration of doggedness getting to here with little to eat for 5 days! It killed her to have to return to lower elevation early and I missed her terribly for remainder of climb
What a typical scene was like every day. Wow! FYI – pics are a bit out of order. The passes came after Everest Basecamp.
Having a quick doze in sun on way down.
But also enjoying amazing views!!
Extraordinary what we saw ALL the time.
Incredible respect for porters. Makes $4 for a liter of bottled water seem cheap!
Watch out! dinkey caravan jackknife on the Everest highway!
Spring has sprung on the Khumbu just in the 2 weeks I was there this a Rhoderdendron, the national flower of Nepal.
I finally got the hang of walking these and not feeling like I was about to be bounced over the side to my death trick is soft knees and not going over when animals are present.
More cute children. After this pic, they said, “no photo no photo” and held up 2 fingers which I think meant 200 rupes (about &2) Mom seemed most amused,
Would you believe this? Saw a Reggae Bar too. Beer was common in stores too . Alcohol and altitude do not mix!
Exiting park outside Lukla with my guide. We survived!
Saying goodbye to my extraordinary porter, Sundar.
Our John Wayne – Tom Cruise pilot prepping to send us careening off the edge of a cliff.
Nowhere’sville airport where we had to land 5 hours from Kathmandu because of runway repaying at Kathmandu in April and May.
Accident to another vehicle on route. Hairpins everywhere and very narrow roads! Our driver deserves a medal!
Garden of Dreams, Kathmandu
Azaleas, I believe, in the Gsrden of Dreams
My guide’s family
Royal Palace
No idea what this was; a Trojan Horse in the making perhaps?