8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2005: Alpine Ascents Everest 2005
Dave Morton writing from Namche
March 31 Namche Bazaar
Namaste from the spectacular village of Namche Bazaar in the Khumbu valley.
All of the peaks are out today under clear skies but brisk winds. We weren't
able to get a dispatch out yesterday but we'll give you a brief recap.
Yesterday morning a group of 10 of us were able to get out in the MI17 and
made it into Namche just before the weather shut down. Our second helicopter
had to wait until this morning to bring in the rest of the climbing
expedition. A third just passed overhead with the remaining gear from
Kathmandu we believe.
I took the group who arrived yesterday for a stroll up to the villages of
Khunde and Khumjung and we've just reunited with the gang who flew in this
morning. Soon the trekkers who flew to Lukla will show up here in Namche and
our group of 30 plus trekkers, climbers and guides will be reunited. We have
many family members of the Everest climbers along in our trek group. It's a
wonderful journey for everyone to experience the Khumbu region and spend time
together before the climbers get in to the serious task of tackling Mt.
I'm sitting in the spacious but cozy and warm Panorama lodge with our good
friend Lhakpa Doma with the summit of Kongde Ri right out the window. The
views from Namche rival any in the world and it's a great place to spend the
next few days. On Saturday we'll start making our way to Thame, Lhakpa Rita's
home. The conversation in the group is already heading towards the gutter
which really just means the group is already starting to gel!
The whole team wants all to know out there that they are doing great. We also
want family and friends to know that the team members won’t be receiving
emails until we reach basecamp which should be around April 10. Please keep
that in mind.
We're sending along a photo from our walk today. As you can see, it was a
All our best and we'll be in touch.
Dave and the team
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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