13 April -
The team left Namche (3440m) at 8am today. The weather was amazing and the
views were breathtaking. Ten minutes into the trek we passed our yaks carrying
all our bags and equipment (thanks yaks).
After I finished messing around with cameras and the yaks we walked around the
corner and there it was. The Khumbu Valley with the most amazing views of Mt
Everest, Ama Dablam and other mighty Himalayan peaks. You could see for miles.
The blue sky, still air and great views was by far the best day of the trek to
Base camp so far.
Clouds steamed off the summit of Mt Everest. An impressive sight!
It's a small crime that after walking up hill to Namche today we spent 2 hours
going downhill to a place with the funniest name ever Phungki Tanga roughly
3000m give or take a few hundred meters. Here I changed my socks soaked up
some sun bought a Snickers bar (as I forgot to collect my lunch) and set off
to cross Duth Kosi river over the suspension bridge.
Then we set off to tackle the long steep hill up to Tengboche. This took a
couple of hours but again the views were great and the sun was still shinning
so although it was a long hill your thoughts were with the views.
The mountains were getting closer and closer and there were so many photo
moments. After a break at the top we continued our trek for an hour to our
final destination Pangboche (3950m)
Everyone is feeling great and as the sun goes down and the afternoon clouds
disappears Ama Dablam is right behind our camp site. It seems so close you can
almost touch it. Waking up in the morning to such beautiful surroundings will
be a joy.
Thanks to you all for reading and everyone sends their love to their family
and loved ones as do I.
- Rob Bradley
Everest Nepal -
Arnold Coster - Netherlands (leader)
Ms. Marlies Neefjes - Netherlands
Ms. Sandra Leduc - Canada
Jonathan Kedrowski - USA
Joost van Hassel - Netherlands
Richard Maybank - UK
Urs Jaeggi - Switzerland
Steve Camkin - Australia
David O'Brien - UK
Ms. Mia Graeffe - Finland
Ms. Grace McDonald - Canada
Training Climb -
Ms. Maryana Plesh - USA
Ms. Eveline Wessels - Netherlands
Adam Jones - USA
Robert Bradley - UK
Shivesh Ram - USA
Simon Pacione - Australia
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