First Rotation

Summit of Everest overhead

Summit of Everest overhead

The air at Everest Base Camp feels thick and sustaining and it is nice to return “home” after a successful first rotation. Over the past five days our team has climbed through the Khumbu Ice Fall twice, spent two nights at Camp 1, three nights at Camp 2, and reached a high altitude mark of 22,000 feet. It has been an amazing week!

Ladder crossing between Camp 1 and Camp 2

Ladder crossing between Camp 1 and Camp 2

Rotations are an important strategy for climbing Mt. Everest. The basic strategy was developed by the Russian national climbing team in the Caucasus mountains and has been widely adopted on big mountains all over the world. The science is straightforward: climb progressively higher and each time stress the body to its limits then retreat to lower elevations to recover and build red blood cells. This regimen helps climbers build the physical capacity to perform at even higher altitudes.

Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with vertical ice feature in the foreground.

Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with vertical ice feature in the foreground.

I will be in Base Camp over the next four or five days putting the finishing touches on my first rotation with a regimen of: eat, drink, rest and recover.

While in Base Camp I will post a series of overviews from the first rotation.  Until then, I share a few images from the higher camps.


At 22,000 ft on the west shoulder of Everest overlooking Camp 2

West shoulder of Everest overlooking Camp 2 – 22,000′

  8 comments for “First Rotation

  1. Phil Goss
    April 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Big step in the preparation. Way to go. Eat, drink and be warm!!

      April 28, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Thanks, Phil! The spotlight moves to Alaska soon. Hope your training is going well! Jim

  2. Gina Hartley
    April 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It is so awesome that your Jefferson High “Saints” get to follow you on this journey! The pics are beautiful. Prayers for a safe and successful climb to the summit and a safe return continue from Colorado!

  3. Lyn
    April 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    So thankful you are back at base camp. Eat much, drink lots of fluids, rest a bunch, and get completely recovered before doing it all again–and then some.

  4. Katie Kirsch
    April 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Jim – really enjoying following your journey! Keeping you (and your girls back home) in my thoughts and prayers 🙂

      April 28, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thank you, Katie! I hope all is well for you. I appreciate your note, your thoughts and prayers! Jim

  5. Cory
    April 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking!

    Get some much deserved rest.

      April 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thanks, Cory! I appreciate you following along. Jim

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