Winter turns to Spring the world round and in the mighty
Himalaya; the great peaks of the world emerge from their snow covered slumber.
This Spring as in past years, climbers will walk past the blossoming
rhododendron, in pursuit of the world highest mountain. While preparing fro
everest is an arduous task, we are always excited at to get another season up
and running, as we have been doing since 1990 !
This morning ( March 25, 2009) we load boxes ( years ago we
made boxes that work well for the flight and yak travel ) of food, gear,
communications equipment into the van and will make our way to the airport.
These same boxes will eventually be strapped to the feisty yaks, and make
there way through the Khumbu region of Nepal to Everest base camp.
Meanwhile staff in Nepal started preparations weeks ago,
purchasing and checking Oxygen bottles, procuring gear and food supplies,
checking lodging and dining tents and cordoning off our 2010 base camp home.
Given the terrain at base camp, our Sherpa team must make platforms for every
tent, a tough task at 17,500 feet. Our Sirdar and co- leader Lakpa Rita Sherpa
oversees this portion of the prep. Lakpa recently summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro,
becoming the first Nepalese and Sherpa to summit the highest mountain in every
Along with our climbers, a group of trekkers will walk with
climbers to base camp, stopping at villages, monasteries and visiting friends
along the way. This always makes the trek in festive while allowing all to
absorb Sherpa culture and experience the warmth and hospitality that have
always been a part of this cultural sharing.
So onward and upward we go, into another Everest season and
we look to share our experiences with you via this cybercast page. Our
trekking team will be lead by Todd Burleson and Winslow Passey ( Winslow will
also be leading some team members on a summit attempt of Island Peak). Lead
climbers for our Everest ascents include a very skilled and experienced group
of guides including Vernon Tejas, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, JJ Justman, Garrett
Madison and Michael Horst, with the legendary Ellie Henke as BC manager.
This years climbing team ( please see team roster and bios)
have been prepping, training and climbing for months leading up to the
expedition. We do hope you will join us in sharing our good wishes and
Namaste’s and follow along as we track the 2010 Everest season.
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