8000 Meters Facts
2006 Team No Limits: Team
No Limits, Doug Tumminello from Everest Base Camp
Hello, this is Doug reporting from Everest base camp. We finally made it
here and are reunited with Roger. We met Roger on the 12th of April at Gorak
Shep and trekked into base camp with him. The team is glad to be reunited
with Roger, after a long week of anticipation. As most of you already know,
we had to leave Roger in Katmandu to attempt to retrieve luggage that was
lost by Thai Airways. After enduring several days alone in Katmandu, the
team decided to consider the luggage, which contained a great deal of
expedition equipment, "lost." We have resolved our equipment issues and
appreciate all that Roger has done for the team.
We are glad that Roger is here with us now and that he safely endured a
strike in Katmandu that resulted in the deaths of many people. We were able
to make the final leg of our Trek into base camp with our long lost friend,
and for that we are very grateful. Unfortunately, I had a short bout with
altitude sickness but I am now feeling much better. The team is dedicated to
being aware of altitude risks and symptoms, and addressing any concerns
Upon our arrival to base camp we met our great Sherpa team and the other
climbers who will be joining us. Apa Sherpa conducted instruction on oxygen
and we found it very informative. Our gear has now been moved into our tents
and we are beginning to feel settled. Base camp is like a city of tents.
There is a shower tent, cooking tent, and an incredible dining tent which is
heated as well as carpeted. This also serves as the communications tent as
The view from base camp is stunning with a clear view of Pumori, Nuptse,
Ama Dablam, and Everest. The Khumbu ice fall rises above us and we are all
enchanted by the precarious, 2000 foot, serac. Over the next few days the
team will focus on getting acclimatized by taking hikes thru the ice fall.
At this point, we have one primary focus . . . safety. We plan on enjoying
ourselves and doing all that we can to promote the safety of our team.
We will talk to you soon,
Everest 2006: Team No Limits