MSIG signing in from Dingboche.
All is well with
our team, acclimatizing, getting use to the thinner air, working through the
beginnings of an expedition and being surrounded by some of the most beautiful
mountains in the world. Right in front of us now is Ama Dablam, taking our
breath away. Since our last dispatch, we have been trekking up the Khumbu
Valley taking in the sights and people. Tangboche was a magical monastery,
letting us experience the monks life style from within their lives. We had a
blessing ceremony from the head Lama. Today we are off to Loboche at 4,900
meters. We will sleep there and then head for Everest BC in a couple days
This will be a
quick dispatch, once we get BC set up we can write more.
It's a fantastic
morning to trek, clear, no wind and just beautiful land to walk upon.
Will write again
in 3-4 days.
All the very best
from our little three person team, just below Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.
Much love and
light, cheers, Marty, Giannina and Tim.
Marty Schmidt Int Guiding, MSIG
Earlier: MSIG, Marty Schmidt
International Guiding signing in from Namche.
This is our 3rd day of the
trek into BC. We walked all around this magical Khumbu region today, soaking
up the energy that Sir Ed brought to this land back in the 50's with helping
to build schools and medical clinics. The Sherpa people are such a proud
culture, spanning many generations, still living the simple and true life
style that most western cities are lacking or have never found and yet they
are connected to the outside world with modern items and communication. The
duality of living here is so amazing for most western people that we want to
be with these people longer and longer. There is a warm welcoming for outside
people to experience.
We leave tomorrow for
Pangboche and then award to the 5,360 meter Base Camp, so that we can get
established before we start pushing the route up the Khumbu Ice Fall.
So to let you all know, we
are doing well and happy. We are on schedule everyday now and looking forward
to our next trek up the Khumbu Valley.
Sending our love and light
everyday, cheers, Marty, Giannina and Tim
MSIG, Marty Schmidt International Guiding signing in for another day in
well, Tim Burns arrived on time on the 6th April, had a good rest and up early
to get some work completed around KTM. Our permits are in hand and the flights
booked for early on the 8th April to Lukla. Our time spent in this magical
city is always a delight to the senses. But it is time to move on for greener
hills and clearer air. Off to experience the temples of the dedicated souls
of this earth. Nothing but respect for these true believers.
goes well, tomorrow morning we are up at 0500, eat some breakfast, catch a
ride to the airport and load up for our flight to Lukla, 2866 meters, by 0700.
We’ll start our trek within the same day towards Namche, 3,446 meters, along
the way working with the village of Phakding. We’ll be taking 10 days of
trekking time to get to Everest BC. Along this trek we’ll try to send in more
dispatches and let you know how all is going with our small and dedicated
from KTM. Marty
Earlier: Hello everyone and greetings
from New Zealand, Giannina and I are all packed and ready to fly in the
morning for Kathmandu, Nepal.
The journey has be changed
from the North side of Everest to the South side within the past few weeks do
to the Tibetan/Chinese situation in Lhasa and over the Olympic torch being
taken to the summit or near it by just the Chinese climbers. No one else is
allowed to be on the North side or even near the summit of Everest between the
1st of April to the 10th of May, while the torch is being taken up to it's
highest point. Then after this time we are allowed to summit. All will be in
place for Tim Burns, from Dallas, Texas, and I to push our camp to the 8000
meter Col for us to make our summit climb, most likely around the 20-25th of
We are flexible and focused
with this goal. Not using any Sherpas or 02 will be the main goal for us and
we are ready to make this happen.
Please join us while we climb
Everest, you can log into www.everestnews.com at
anytime and read about our ascent and others. I will write short blogs to
time to time. It will not be everyday since we will be doing a lot of climbing
and acclimatizing to prepare ourselves for the summit. Giannina will be around
Base Camp and she will also write a few blogs from time to time.
Sending you all our very best
energy, filled with adventure, light and happiness. Next time we'll send in
some words from Kathmandu.
All the best, cheers, Marty,
Giannina and Tim.
Marty Schmidt is off to Everest again... "I have a 1 to 1 ratio, we are
heading for the North ridge, no Sherpas and no 02. Making a higher mark to
reach for I see a growing problem with too many people sucking 02 to low, up
to 12 bottles now....." Marty, tell EverestNews.com
"Working hard is the only way to summit 8000 meter summits. People are
forgetting how to work up high...", Marty
MSIG's Awards and Achievements
Awards and Achievements:
- SUS Air Force Air Medal 1984, for rescuing 9 people from
a burning hotel fire in the Philippines.
- Guided 71 year old client to the summit of Denali in 1988
(the oldest person to have summitted Denali to date).
- Climbed a new route on the northeast face of Everest,
from the Tibetan side, in 1994.
- Selected as a member of an International climbing team to
climb K2 in 1992.
- Rescued members of other teams while on Denali, Alaska,
USA; Aconcagua, Argentina; Mt. Everest, Tibet.
- K2 expedition in 2000 with International team to within
meters of the top of K2.
- First American to summit the southwest face on
- Second New Zealander to have ever summited Kangchenjunga
(the first Kiwi was Norman Hardie in 1955).
- World speed record on Cho Oyu on 28 September 2001 in 10
hours, 45 minutes from ABC to summit.
- On 24 September, 2004 on Cho Oyu, Tibet, summited a
client with no O2 being used and no Sherpa support. Then helped rescue a man
in his 50's from Camp II to Camp I who was having a very hard time at the
7000 meter mark. After 20 hours rest at ABC, I headed back up for a 13 hour
ascent, using no fixed lines, no O2, no support, carrying all my own ski
gear. Then skied from the summit to the end of the snow at Camp I in 3
hours. The snow conditions were the worst, breakable 30mm wind slab crust,
that boil plated with most turns. The 10 meter rock band and vertical ice
serac were the most technical parts to ski off of. Only a few people in the
world have skied from the summit of an 8000 meter mountain.
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