17 April -
Hello family and friends. This is Steve reporting from Tibet base camp.
We are sad that our friend Vladimir had to go back down last night to be
checked by a doctor but happy to hear he has cleared the border and is safe in
Today (17 April) was a rest day and the team is in high spirits ready to move
higher to Interim Camp in the morning. The big excitement today was the
arrival of the yaks and their departure with our gear for higher camps. It was
sunny and windy all day with spectacular views of Everest. We can see across
the west ridge to Nuptse in Nepal as well. Of course the highlight of every
day is the good food and the hot showers. The wind is a bit chilly so speedy
dressing at the end of the shower is mandatory.
Yesterday (16 April) we walked down the hill a bit to the Rongbuk monastery
where we descended into a deep low room and the lama blessed each of us, We
then went to an upper level outdoors and held a Puja ceremony, Our endeavor
was blessed by the lama and we threw tsampa (barley flour) to be blown by the
wind. Dave presented a large medical kit to the lama for use by the monastery
and surrounding people which was greatly appreciated.
After the Puja we walked over to the tent village and drank tea and had noodle
soup for lunch and spent a nice couple of hours joking with the proprietress.
The group is all watching Hunger Games on DVD now and will soon retire. Best
to all our families that's all for now from Tibet base camp.
15 April -
Well here we are at Base Camp. But I wouldn’t say it’s camping. It’s more like
glamping (glamour + camping= glamping). We arrived last night at around 6pm to
our well and truly established glamp site and after dumping some stuff into
the tent, we came to the mess tent for what was, by far, the best meal I’ve
had on this trip. The Sherpas did a sensational job and continue to do so.
After dinner we just had a social time in the mess tent before retiring for
some sleep…but that sleep never really happened for me. Going from sunny
Australia to the base of Everest is a bit of a temperature shift, so it was a
bit tricky to sleep when it was about -5°C outside. And whoever wrote “-30°C”
on my sleeping bag is definitely gonna get a slap in the face from me. So it
was a difficult night, plus the diamox (alt sickness pills) still require at
least two toilet breaks at night, if not more.
In the morning, what a view! Looking at the North Face of Mt Everest on a
clear day. How good. It’s quite an impressive sight because if you didn’t know
already…it’s a pretty big hill. Just a rest day today at Base Camp. Had a
shower which was borderline disastrous. I half expected the clothes I left
outside to be blown down the valley as she is blowing a gale (it was either
that or leave them inside to get wet).
Things are looking good though as it’s lunch time so I am gonna have to love
you and leave you. Til next time.
Whitey, Ben White from Sydney Australia
12 April -
We reached Tingri at 4200 metres. It is a bit windy, but everyone is fine.
Dan Mazur - expedition leader
11 April -
Hi, this is Dan Mazur writing from beautiful downtown Nyalam, Tibet, at 3700
metres. Our departure from Kathmandu on the 10th went well, and we crossed the
border from Nepal into Tibet efficiently and smoothly.
We took a rest and acclimatization day in snowy Nyalam, exploring the town and
surrounding hills. The weather is normal, not too cold, a mixture of light
snow and light wind.
Our Tibetan hosts have been extremely friendly and very welcoming. Everyone in
the team are doing well, becoming adjusted to the altitude, and very healthy
Everest Tibet -
Dan Mazur - US/UK (leader)
Ms. Josette Valloton - Switzerland
Ms. Janice Smith - Australia
Jacques Puyo - France
Beow Lim - Australia
Everest Tibet Training Climb -
Steven Coffman - USA
David Howard - Australia
Dru Dubois - Usa
Badri Vijayarghavan - USA
Vladimir Shakirov - Russia
Advance Base Camp Everest Trek -
Gustavo Grillo - Brazil
Jeffrey Botz - USA
Peter Blaquiere - Australia
Daniel Ashbolt - Australia
Ben White - Australia
Everest Tibet Climbing Sherpas & Staff -
Pasang Nurbu Sherpa
Samdien - cook
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