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  Summitclimb Everest Tibet 2012: Vladimir forced to go down


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 Kathmandu.
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.
-Steve

15 April -
Well here we are at Base Camp. But I wouldnít say itís camping. Itís 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 Iíve 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 sleepÖbut 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 -5įC outside. And whoever wrote ď-30įCĒ 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. Itís quite an impressive sight because if you didnít know alreadyÖitís 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 itís lunch time so I am gonna have to love you and leave you. Til next time.
Whitey, Ben White from Sydney Australia

Earlier:

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 so far!!!
 

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Team Rosters:


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 -
Gyalje Sherpa
Tenji Sherpa
Jangbu Sherpa
Pasang Nurbu Sherpa
Samdien - cook

 

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