Eben Reckord

Camp 1, 19,500′

  There were high winds last night, probably 50 mph (80Km) almost all night. This morning we did a hike up the Western Cym to about half way to C2 (extra acclimatization) and then returned to C1 to sleep. The crevasses here are huge. You have to cross over these deep cracks either by jumping…

Fairhurst turning 63 at base camp Everest

Turning 63 on Everest

  Son of a gun, it’s my birthday. Thank you all for your comments and feedback throughout my site. It’s difficult for me to post replies directly as the internet connection from base camp is limited … but do know that I appreciate your support greatly! This morning I unzipped my tent door and saw…

Gorak Shep (5,140m)

  We arrived in Gorak Shep this morning and immediately hiked up to Kala Patthar 18,200’ (5550m). Both have spectacular views of Everest, Base Camp, the famous (infamous) Ice Fall, and the Khumbu Glacier. This was also another step to acclimatize more. Tomorrow we move up and into Base Camp. We are all looking forward…

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Lobuche

Arrived yesterday at Lobuche 16,200’ (4,950m). Forty years ago when I was last here, this small seasonal settlemenst did not exist. Since a number of years many ‘rest-house villages’ have sprung up to serve the many trekkers who come up hiking in the Khumbu and on to Everest Base Camp. For our last night in…

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Team Members

  Today is a ‘working’ rest day. We hiked up a 1000’ this morning to acclimatize a bit more. I went with Phu Tashi to his village of Dingboche to visit his family and have some lunch. We are high up the Khumbu Valley now. Only low shrubs growing, rocky and windblown. Read-on for short…