Everest Base Camp

With our Puja completed and the Sherpa team establishing Camps 1 and 2, our attention is now fully focused on preparing for our first climbing rotation.  Our goals over the next several days are to continue the acclimatization process and to perfect the technical skills that are required for the Khumbu Ice Fall.

Yaks in Base Camp

Yaks in Base Camp

Our morning was focused on acclimatization and the program was simple: we spent a couple of hours getting some exercise by walking around Base Camp.  It takes about 45 minutes to walk directly from one end of Base Camp to the other, however we wandered about visiting climbing teams from all over the world and stopping in for an orientation at the Everest ER.  The Everest ER provides climbers and Sherpa and local Nepalese with first rate medical care — all free of charge — and is a great resource to the approximately 1,000 people in Base Camp (of which approximately 250 are permitted climbers).

Everest ER

Everest ER

This afternoon the team spent time in the lower Khumbu Ice Fall practicing some basic cramponing skills and getting some additional exercise to continue the acclimatization process.

Lower Khumbu Ice Fall

Lower Khumbu Ice Fall

Tomorrow we will have a technical route fixed in the Ice Fall and will review rappelling, fixed line climbing, and ladder crossings.  It will be fun and another step forward in our preparations.

Thanks for following along!

  11 comments for “Everest Base Camp

  1. melissa (peter) cogdill
    April 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    hi james – very exciting & honored to share your journey with you

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Thanks, Melissa. Really happy that you are following along. Jim

  2. Katie Kirsch
    April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Jim! So glad you are get to go on this trip! I found out about it from the NS Facebook page. Best wishes! I know your girls must be so proud of you!

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Katie. Terrific that you are checking in! Thanks. I hope you are well. Jim

  3. Jennifer Anderson
    April 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Love the pictures. The inside look at BC and the Ice Fall are one of a kind. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. This arm chair climber is thrilled 🙂

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer! I’m happy that you are following along and I appreciate your nice note. I hope to send even better pictures from up high in the coming days and weeks. Namaste!

  4. Mark Osmond
    April 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm


    So glad all seems to be going so well along exceptionally well laid out plans. The weather looks like it cannot be much better…may those conditions continue! We are all sending you our most powerfully positive energy possible!…we appreciate your efforts in keeping this log so complete …just amazing.

    Very Best…Mark

  5. David bialecki
    April 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    This is now part of my daily routine logging on and reading about ur progress james I find how you explain things fascinating and the pics are fantastic my friend did island peak and mere peak a few years ago so iv become really interested in the himalayas and do research on the different mountains stay safe stay focused on your aim and keep the photos and messages coming

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you, David. I have appreciated your notes and encouragement. Island Peak is a gorgeous mountain that we saw for several days on the trek through the Khumbu. Congratulations to your friend for a successful experience on island Peak. Namaste!

  6. Loretta Hartpence
    April 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the pictures.. Stay safe!

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Will do, Loretta! Thanks for checking in.

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