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Everest View Glacier School, Basecamp Trek, Island Peak Nepal climbing trekking news autumn 09

(Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud)
News of our recent expedition: Everest View Glacier School & Everest Basecamp Trek
Autumn 2009
7 October to 1 November, 2009

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Dispatches: Please click one of the links below to go directly to that dispatch or just scroll down.

22 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hi, this is Wayne Phillips for the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School.

Christian, Sarantis, Fred, Thomas, Hilman, Liam, Abhi and I are on the top of Lobuche East!

We left high camp at 2:30 a.m. after waking up at 1:30 a.m. to get ready, pack up, and move out. We all had snacks together and then headed off.

We walked in the dark for about 4 hours until the sun started coming up. Everyone was really knackered walking through rocks all the way. We finally hit the snowline and then doubled in energy levels.

We all made it up to the summit and are sitting on top of the peak right at this moment taking photographs and thinking of our loved ones. I’m looking at the rest of the world at this moment actually.

 I think everyone has enjoyed the whole climb and now we just need to work out getting down. It will be pretty tough from where we’re sitting at the moment.

We’ve had a great time so far. This means that most of us will be going home now, while others continue on our Everest Basecamp extension trek. It’s been a great time and we’ll see you all soon. Ok, thank you very much. See you later. Bye. back to top


Sangay Sherpa standing on the sub summit of Lobuche (Dan Mazur).Phi Lama Tamang, our awesome climbing sherpa and 'Top Gun' rope fixer on the summit of Lobuche East (Dan Mazur).

21 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hi, this is Wayne Phillips calling in for the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School with Liam, Fred, Christian, Fred, Hilman, Sarantis, Thomas, and Abhi our guide.

We trekked from the Cho La Glacier after our practice a couple of days back to our basecamp at Lobuche East. We then trekked up a hill and we’re now at our high camp near a beautiful lake. We’re all packing up and getting ready for our ascent up to the summit of Lobuche East, leaving camp at 2:30 a.m.

We’re all well and nobody is complaining about anything. Everyone is being looked after wonderfully and we’re having a great time. It’s been freezing at night and pretty cold, but we’re getting through it.

We all miss our family and friends and can’t wait to see you. Have fun and we’ll speak to you again soon. Bye, bye. back to top

20 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hi, this is Abhi, the leader of the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School calling from Lobuche East basecamp.

We moved from Cho La basecamp today and arrived in Lobuche basecamp this afternoon. It was a nice sunny day, so we all had a rest and played some baseball in basecamp. Everybody seems to be healthy and all looking forward to going to the high camp tomorrow.  Thanks for following along our expedition. Cheers. back to top

A sherpa looking down the route of Lobuche East from just below the summit (Valerie Hovland). Everest view from Lobuche (Keith Whelan).
19 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hi, this is Thomas from the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School.

We have just finished our 3rd day of glacier training. Today we did a bit of rope work and abseiling. Other than that, we kept our bodies warm in the sun. Our fellow members, Liam and Wayne, went up to the glacier for a bit of ice training.

Tomorrow we’re going to Lobuche basecamp to get ready for our summit attempt. We’ll call in again soon. Thanks for following along. Bye, bye. back to top

18 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hi, this is Fred from the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School.

We are currently at Cho La basecamp. We had a wonderful day up in the mountains doing some training with Abhi and worked on some ascending, ice climbing, abseiling, crampon use, and rope work. It was a beautiful day. Everyone is in good health and good spirits and we’re definitely excited to make our summit attempt in a few days. Thank you. Bye.

Hi, this is Wayne Phillips speaking for Liam, Cal and Lance for the Everest Basecamp Trek.

We split up from the ice climbing team 3 days back. We walked up to Gorak Shep and went up Kala Pattar, which was quite a tough climb. Then we went on to Everest basecamp and had a quick exploration of the Khumbu ice-fall there.  Now we’ve made our way back to Fred and the team here at Cho La basecamp. We should be climbing up Lobuche East in the next couple of days. We’re all well and we’ll see you all soon. Cheers. Bye, bye. back to top

Ama Dablam seen from the Cho La pass (Squash Falconer).

17 October, 2009

Mingma Sherpa, our awesome trek leader, called in saying that the group will be going to Everest base camp today and everyone is doing well. Everyone is enjoying the trek and look foward to visiting the base camp. Thanks for following along. back to top


Our comfortable and fun SummitClimb Everest Basecamp (Keith Whelan). Walking around in the bottom of the Khumbu icefall at 5400 metres (Keith Whelan).
16 October, 2009

Abhi, our Everest View Glacier School climbing leader, just called saying that the group has reached Cho La base camp and the camps have already been set up. The group is doing well and everyone is looking strong and fit. They will be going through all the equipment and walking up the Cho La Glacier, where they will start their glacier training. The kitchen crew and the climbing Sherpas have done a great job, setting up the camps. Thanks for following along. back to top

Setting off for Cho La basecamp from Dzongla (Dan Mazur). Team practicing roped glacier travel on the Cho La glacier (Dan Mazur).
15 October, 2009

Team reports in live (click here to listen)

Hello, this is Wayne Phillips calling in for the SummitClimb Everest View Glacier School and Basecamp Trek that left Kathmandu on the 7th of October.

Today is the 15th of October. We haven’t been able to send in any messages until now because we were having troubles with our satellite communication.

Everyone is doing well. We flew from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekking to Phakding. Then we trekked up to Namche Bazaar, which I think was the toughest portion of the trip so far. It was pretty painful getting up the path, but we made it in the end. We had a couple headaches along the way, but everyone seems to be doing well.

We then went on to Tengboche where we stayed the night before going to Pheriche and staying the night as well. We are now at Dughla, which is at about 4620 metres/15,150 feet. Soon we’re going to be climbing on the Cho La, followed by Lobuche East.

Our team consists of me and Liam, Hilman, Christian, Fred, Thomas, and Sarantis, as well as our basecamp trekkers, Calvin and Lance.

So we’re all well and about to leave to go up to Dzongla before doing our training on the Cho La. We’d like to say hello to all of our friends and families. We’ll try to send in another update soon. Cheers. Bye, bye. back to top


Our Everest Basecamp trek and Everest View Glacier School group photo (Dan Mazur).

Everest View Glacier School Team Roster:

  • Abhi (leader) - Nepal
  • Christian Skovly - US
  • Sarantis Kamvysis - Greece
  • Hilman Akil - Indonesia
  • Fred Caloggero - US
  • Thomas Knoblauch - Germany
  • Liam Brown - US
  • Wayne Phillips - UK
Everest Basecamp Trek:
  • Calvin Schram - Canada
  • Lance Allin - Canada back to top
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