Winter turns to Spring the world round and in the mighty
Himalaya; the great peaks of the world emerge from their snow covered
slumber. This Spring as in past years, climbers will walk past the
blossoming rhododendron, in pursuit of the world highest mountain. While
preparing for Everest is an arduous task, we are always excited at to get
another season up and running, as we have been doing since 1990 !
This morning (March 25, 2011) we load boxes (years ago we
designed boxes that work well for the flight and yak travel) of food, gear,
communications equipment into the van and will make our way to the airport.
These same boxes will eventually be strapped to the feisty yaks, and make
there way through the Khumbu region of Nepal to Everest base camp.
Meanwhile staff in Nepal started preparations weeks ago,
purchasing and checking Oxygen bottles, procuring gear and food supplies,
checking lodging and dining tents and cordoning off our 2011 base camp home.
Given the terrain at base camp, our Sherpa team must make platforms for
every tent, a tough task at 17,500 feet. Our Sirdar and co- leader Lakpa
Rita Sherpa oversees this portion of the prep.
Along with our climbers, a group of trekkers will walk with
climbers to base camp, stopping at villages, monasteries and visiting
friends along the way. This always makes the trek in festive while allowing
all to absorb Sherpa culture and experience the warmth and hospitality that
have always been a part of this cultural sharing.
So onward and upward we go, into another Everest season and
we look to share our experiences with you via this cybercast page. Our
trekking team will be led by Suzanne Allen. Lead climbers for our Everest
ascents include a very skilled and experienced group of guides including
Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Garrett Madison, Michael Horst, and Ben Jones with our BC
manager, Joe Kluberton.
This years climbing team (please see team roster and bios)
have been prepping, training and climbing for months leading up to the
expedition. We do hope you will join us in sharing our good wishes and
Namaste’s and follow along as we track the 2011 Everest season.
LAKPA RITA SHERPA
JOE KLUBERTON: Base camp manager
4/9: The team has reached Everest Base Camp, and is settling
into their new home for the coming weeks. They are experiencing a few
technical difficulties with the satellite modem but expect regular
dispatches to begin tomorrow.
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