Here we go folks. NO MORE MEMORY TALK....for a little while anyways. How about some Mt. Everest action?
This is a video from my climb last year with Peak Freaks. Most people think you approach Everest straight from the bottom and voila, there it is just towering above you. But in actuality, it takes a pretty lengthy, 8-day trek through the lower Everest valley to reach the "base" of the mountain (the mouth of glacier). That means hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, while spending time in the fascinating Sherpa villages along the way. To give you an idea what all climbers are currently going through, watch the vid!
This blog's focus will now turn to the 2012 Everest season, which is well under way. I'll post some news as it comes from as many of the teams climbing over there as I can, but I'm a huge supporter of Peak Freaks (since I climbed with them last season and will be climbing with them again next season), so I'll be mostly relaying their info.
The team flew out to Lukla from Kathmandu as planned on April 1st. The first flight (holding most of the climbers) made it, but the second flight (holding mostly trekkers) had to touch down in a small village below Lukla called Lamidanda. No worries though, because Roger was with them (I climbed with him last year, he knows his stuff) and has been guiding them up to Namche Bazaar (11,500 ft) where the whole team is now reunited. Tomorrow, they set off to Pangboche!
As the season progresses, I'll be releasing more segments of my footage from last year's climb so I can, in a way, re-live what's currently going on over there. Stay tuned!