April 7th, 2005: Everyone has
arrived at base camp and we are all happy to be here! Kay, Joe, Ron, Ray C.,
Sam, Stacie, Willie and I arrived today. A few of the climbers, Ray B.,
Javier, Eric, and Dean arrived yesterday with Lhama Jungmu (9th time
summiter!) at base camp. Our base camp had been established two weeks ago by
our Sherpa team. We feel we have the best spot at base camp. We are 5
minutes from the icefall where the route starts and perched above the other
camps to allow for privacy. We have equipped out dinning tent with
electricity and a heater. We also have a hot water heater for hot showers.
For the next couple days we be making our base camp home for the next 6 weeks.
Our trekking team is doing
well. Ray C. Stacie, Sam and Ron climbed to the top of Kala Pattar, 18,500
feet yesterday. For most of them this was their highest elevation hiked.
>From the top of Kala Pattar we were able to get excellent view of Everest,
Lhotse, Nuptse, the Khumbu ice fall and Everest Base Camp. Our trekking team
will spend two nights at base camp and then begin their descent back home.
We are having a wonderful
time and wish our family and friends the best from Everest base camp.
Since 1994, Mountain Madness
has led 29 team members on successful expeditions to Everest's summit.
This year's Everest expedition will approach the mountain from the Normal
Route--ascending through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and
continuing to the summit via the Southeast ridge.
Sport Everest Boot has made some minor changes by adding
more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High
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-75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads.
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid
shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and
removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive
fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to
increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate
Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated
Expedition footwear for
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weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
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