Khumbu Ice Fall

Khumbu Ice Fall

Khumbu Ice Fall

After a lot of anticipation and preparation, today I finally climbed in the Khumbu Ice Fall. It was amazingly beautiful and exciting!

We climbed about 20% of the route as a final shake out before planning to move through the entire Ice Fall to Camp 1 early tomorrow morning. It was helpful to see the route in day light before we return tomorrow at approximately 2:30 AM. We will start climbing in the coldest part of the day when the route is the most stable and try to arrive to Camp 1 before Noon. It will be a big day.


Team members in the Ice Fall

The stage is now set to begin our first rotation: the team is working well together, we have strong and caring guides, the Sherpa team has set our higher camps and will now join us as climbing partners, and I am thankful for good health and strength. Many successful climbers have reflected that their first time climbing the Khumbu Ice Fall is one of the hardest days of an Everest expedition.


I plan to be above base camp for the next four or five days. I will send updates to Traci via a satellite connection which she will post to share the progress. Other than a few simple updates, please don’t expect to hear much from me until my return to base camp. I hope to return with amazing pictures and accounts of strong, safe and successful climbing. You can also check for dispatches from Madison Mountaineering available on the Links page of my website.

Until then, I will treasure your well wishes and prayers.

As always, thanks for following along!


  11 comments for “Khumbu Ice Fall

  1. Anonymous
    April 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Your updates are awesome, Jimbo! Stay strong and enjoy this experience of our combined lifetimes!

    You rock, and I know you’ll do it! My thoughts are with you!


  2. Gina Hartley
    April 21, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Jim!!! It is so exciting to be watching the progress of this journey! What an inspiration!!! I had coffee yesterday with a group of classmates from your old neighborhood high school and the Jefferson High Alumni are cheering you on from the old neighborhood! In can’t wait to see the pics!! Praying you have made it to Camp 1 safely!!

  3. Monica
    April 21, 2016 at 12:58 am


    When you get a chance, I am interested in knowing what the temperatures are like both at the coldest and warmest part of a day this time of year at base camp.

    Keeping you in thoughts and prayers for a safe and successful journey.

  4. Rodolph Dandan
    April 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Amazing coverage. Love the pictures, and the details. Great work guys, Keep it up

  5. Phil Nicolaou
    April 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Jim – an amazing update today, thank you. I have read about Khumbu Ice Fall in books, but today’s insight and pictures helped me understand it better. Be safe the next few days – looking forward to updates on your progress.

  6. David bialecki
    April 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Stay safe james

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Stay safe james

  8. Lyn
    April 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Step carefully, stay attached to the guide rope, pray continually, and know that I am in constant prayer and petition for your safety. I pray this will be the adventure you have dreamed of for so long. Be safe and know you’re loved.

  9. patricia washburn
    April 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Reading today’s post actually took my breath away…beautiful description & photos…will be thinking of you and praying for you in your journey through the Ice Fall…Patty

  10. Cory
    April 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Best wishes and prayers are sent to you as you continue your expedition.

  11. Cindy
    April 19, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Safe climbing to you and the team!

    You will remain in my thoughts and prayers!


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