Thursday, April 30, 2009

Base Camp!!

Once we arrived in Gorak Shep, many of our team members hiked up Kala Pattar to see Mt. Everest from the best vantage point of our trek. It did start to cloud up later in the afternoon, but there were enough breaks in the clouds to get a good glimpse of it, including the South Col where the route to the summit of Mt. Everest as well as Lotse go through. Having been here last year, it was noticeable that there was much less snow on the mountains then the previous year.
The next day we were greeted by Scott as we hiked into the Base Camp - it was really fun to see him. Scott brought us to the IMG team location within base camp for tea, and he discussed with us his experiences in the past month preparing for the summit. We also walked to the beginning of the Khumbu Icefall to get a glimpse of the sheer size and difficulty it exudes.
Last but not least at Base Camp, a few of us participated in a call to the International Space Station. Scott first shared well wishes from astronauts Michael Barratt and Koichi Wakata, and then a few trekking team members spoke to the Crew of the International Space Station. It is not often you get a chance to speak to the crew members on ISS, and doing so from the Base Camp of Mt. Everest was a special event!

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations to everyone!! What a remarkable accomplishment. Special shout-out to Jill - I am very proud of you and hope this experience is everything you dreamed it would be. xo Kelly

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  2. ps Jill are you wearing your Steelers hat in that photo? LMAO!

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  3. HI Kelly! Of course I was wearing my Steelers hat! Wait until you see the Terrible Towel photo we took with Scott at the ice falls!

    See you soon!

    Jill

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  6. Glad to read your EVEREST STORY and thanks for sharing amazing photo gallery.

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  7. Excellent article, very simple writing style and superb pictures.
    Many thanks !

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  8. Many hard to believe the trip was 5yrs ago. Still a fabulous memory!

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