Everest Base Camp


Big expeditions are the sum of many small objectives, each completed one at a time. Each day has its own purpose and when things are most difficult the objectives can be as small as the next few steps. Then there are times when the sum of many objectives successfully completed give rise to a significant milestone. Today was one of those days.

Today I arrived to Everest Base Camp!


My goals were to arrive here feeling healthy, strong and mostly acclimatized to 17,500 feet. It is a big task and I feel a deep sense of gratitude that I am here and well positioned for what’s ahead.

I know that the hard work is ahead, but today I give thanks for the first chapter successfully completed.

Tomorrow is our Puja ceremony and then we will have several days of technical practice in the lower Khumbu before going higher.


  19 comments for “Everest Base Camp

  1. Miriam Dani
    April 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I love watching and reading !!!
    Way to go !! Such beautiful excerpts!!! We talk about you daily at the office and send prayers!

  2. Inge Hondmann
    April 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Awesome, thank you sharing your adventure, truly inspiring

  3. Patricia Washburn
    April 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Jim, one Spring, in the JK at North Shore, we had a web cam on our duck egg incubator…
    Somehow, we got connected with Everest Base Camp, which also had web cams. We exchanged messages! The Climbers were “cheering for the ducks” and we were “cheering for the climbers”

  4. Monica Lee
    April 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Wow Jim – what a great way to “see” you after 33 years. Fantastic. So glad someone shared this. Have always wondered where you were after 1983. So long ago. Will anxiously await more information. Spectacular pictures.

    Monica (Archer) Lee

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks, Monica. So nice to hear from you. Thanks for your nice note! Jim

  5. Sym Colovos
    April 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Welcome to Everest BC: a banner day indeed! That alone is an impressive destination most of us only dream about… even more impressive is just how much deliberate preparation of arguably the last 30 years you went through to get yourself staged there. We are all with you in spirit every step of the way.

    Here’s to monumental feats worthy of epic Norse poems!

    Safe travels, brother.

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Sym!

  6. David bialecki
    April 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations on base camp james and your team now the hard work really starts

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, David. Yes, now the work begins in earnest. Thanks for checking in.

  7. Staci Colovos
    April 12, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations! I will send extra prayers from home today for your puja. I will pray for you, for your team of climbers and Sherpa, and that Mount Everest will be gracious and allow the climb. May your whole team be blessed.

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you, Staci!

  8. Lyn
    April 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love the way you express yourself. Did you notice that if you look in the upper left corner of the first picture there appears to be an eye looking over all of you. May God continue to bless your adventure.

  9. Art Muir
    April 12, 2016 at 9:45 am


    It’s exciting and fun for us to share in your special adventure. Really enjoy the pics and your dispatches. Stay strong, good luck, be safe.

    My best to Billy too. He’s sure a good ‘un.


    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Art. So glad that you are following along. Billy has said great things about his big mountain experiences with you and your son. I’m really pleased to have Billy as one of our guides and to know that we have the shared connection.

  10. Hans
    April 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Continued prayers for you and all of those taking those individual steps along Mount Everest Prayers for the base camp staff, the Sherpas, the communities surrounding Everest, the teams, etc..

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you, Hans. Your prayers are being answered!

  11. Anonymous
    April 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Such an accomplishment already, Jim! We’re all with you every step of the way!

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you very much!

  12. cori chandler
    April 12, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Strong mind and strong body.

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