8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005 Dave Morton
reporting from Deboche
Namaste from the rhododendron forest of Deboche. We’re settled into this
wonderful spot amidst pine trees and plenty of towering rhododendron bushes
that should probably be considered trees. This will be our spot to hang back
and relax before our final summit push on the mountain.
This morning we woke up to crystal clear skies with more views out the windows
of Ama Dablam. As Willi said yesterday our walk to Khumjung was through a bit
of new snow and this morning the new dusting has made for perfect photos. No
one should worry about this crew enjoying themselves and having a good time.
Despite a couple of normal tummy troubles everyone has kept their senses of
humor, perhaps too much. Last night around the wood stove Jeanne got the brunt
of the harassment. April Fools day seems to have made it all the way to the
5th in the Khumbu.
It’s around 8 pm now and the team has slipped into their “late night”
routines. Everybody’s well fed and some people have already made it upstairs
to bed. Looking across the room Willi and our cook, Gopal, are engaged in a
focused chess match… Tony and Danielle are both floating away in their
separate Ipod worlds… Mustafa and David Liano are reading with their headlamps
on… and I’m sitting with the glow of the laptop lighting up my corner of the
The gang was feeling good today and we made great time from Khumjung to Phunki
Thanga. Our arrival was so early for lunch that Esther led the group in a full
on yoga session. It definitely wasn’t pretty. This team should stick to
After lunch we made our way up the long hill and pulled into the spectacular
Tengboche monastery, the biggest in the Khumbu. We sat in on the afternoon
chants and prayers of some of the resident monks and then afterwards dropped
down into Deboche.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading up to Pheriche where we will spend two nights. The
important journey of the day though is to Lama Geshe’s home for perhaps our
most significant blessing of the expedition. Lama Geshe is a greatly respected
figure in the Khumbu and among the Sherpa and the puja with him tomorrow will
be a highlight.
All the best, Dave
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent
team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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