Thursday, May 10, 2012

Everest foot by foot, Ground Hog Day and Boot Camp

Climbing foot by foot, we are chipping away at climbing this mountain. Sherpas were busy today carrying loads to the South Col and are now resting at Camp 2. The fixing team is holding as we've got some snow which is good but some monitoring and stability evaluation should take place in an attempt to prevent a situation where ropes get buried before moving forward and timing it with wind that is forecasted to move in on the weekend. 

Everyone on the second wave trek team arrived at base camp today and send a big "namaste" out to all their family and friends at home. They are a happy bunch and of course have fallen in love with their leader Ang Nima and his crew. Everyone is in great spirits, stayed healthy and acclimatized on schedule, good work team- 100% success!

It's always good to see our May trek group pulling into camp around this time of the expedition, that's why we plan it this way, it helps everyone dealing with what we at Peak Freaks call Everest Groundhog Day syndrome - you are woken with tea delivered to your tent, the sun comes up, you make your way to the dinning tent for breakfast, you chat, you get to know each other very well. You have lunch, you nap, you snack, you read, you write. The sun goes down, you have dinner, you watch a movie, you play cards, you chat, you go to bed... next day... same as the day before. 

Groundhog Day is well known to many, it's an American comedy film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray plays a TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event, finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. After indulging in numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities. I'll leave you with that.. Over and out Tim.

Something to ponder: We are offering a new expedition this October to replace our "Everest Boot" on Mount Pumori for another training adventure and to work around the meltdown in the Himalayas. We will have permits for three peaks, Lobuche East, Island Peak and Pokalde. The cool thing about this trip is it's going to be a recognizance expedition, the best kind. We will be exploring some new aspects and terrain off the beaten path as we'll have our traveling base camp with us offering flexibility. I'm really looking forward to establishing something new here in the Khumbu. We have a few spots left on the team if anyone is interested in joining us in October. more... EVEREST BOOT CAMP

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