Final Preparations – 3.30.2012

Everyone in my direct group arrived in Kathmandu on schedule and with all of their gear intact.  Everyone is doing well and excited to get going.  At left is Eric, me, Clay, David, Bob, Craig and Ben.  It’s a terrific team and we’ll all likely find success with such a great support group watching each other’s backs.  I feel extremely fortunate to have so many good friends and competent climbers joining me on this adventure to share this experience with.  It could be the key difference maker over the next two months.

Today is a day of final preparations.  One duffel bag will go straight to base camp and await our arrival (all of technical climbing gear, down suits, high altitude boots, extra sleeping bag, etc.), while the other duffel will accompany us along the 40-mile trek into base camp.  We fly early tomorrow, 3/31, and arrive in Lukla.  From there, it is a short hike to Phakding where we will spend the night before moving on to Namche the following day to acclimatize for a few days.  From there, we head to Deboche, Pheriche and Lobuche base camp before finally arriving in Everest base camp on April 11th.  Soon thereafter, we’ll head back to Lobuche base camp and climb Lobuche (20,161′) as part of our acclimatization program before heading up Everest for our acclimatization rotations in preparation for the summit push in mid-late May.  I’ll update here and there along the trail, but also keep an eye on IMG’s blog for general updates, which can be found at:

www.mountainguides.com/everest-south12.shtml

More to follow in the days, weeks and months ahead… and, we’re off.

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