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David Maidment on top. Photo by Elmo Francis. Jangbu, Dan and Elmo holding Nandini Chol Raj's Airtel flag in front of Everest, Nuptse, and Makalu. Photo b David Maidment.
Elmo Francis and Tenji Sherpa taking the Everest Nepal Training Climb 'Above the Clouds'. Mount Ama Dablam in the background.Photo by David Maidment. Everest Nepal Training Climb Tops Out. Photo by David Maidment
#Everest Nepal: The Ice Fall Doctor Sherpas removed ladders & ropes from the Khumbu icefall. More @ www.SummitClimbNews.com
7 May Blog: the Geological History of Everest, by David Maidment:
For the more nerdy of us in the group, the trek into Base Camp has also provided a fascinating geological cross section through the High Himalaya.
It has been amazing to see vertical faces of rock up to 1.5 km high in places, and the trek itself has revealed successive layers and structures as we walked northwards to Base Camp from Lukla across the tilted rock sequence. The section we see records the effects of the collision of the Indian Plate with the Asian Plate about 50 million years ago, which eventaully formed the Himalayas and Mt Everest itself. Another plus of this already exciting trip.
From Lukla, we moved through the squeezed and folded granitic rocks that formed part of the Indian Plate, thrust up from the depths on a huge fault zone as a result of the main collision to the north of Everest. From there we moved through rocks at Namche that were once partially melted during the collision, and then into rocks that originally were deposited at the bottom of an ancient ocean some 500 million years ago. These rocks, too, have suffered (enjoyed?) the effects of the collision, being buried up to 25 km deep, metamorphosed into different minerals and folded, before being thrust upwards again to the surface as the Himalayas continued to develop and grow.
The area around Everest Base Camp shows some of the most spectacular geology. The huge mountains in the area are held up to their amazing heights by a thick layer of white granite (called leucogranite by geologists).
Everest, Nuptse and Pumori all have large amounts of this rock in their heart, remnants of which scatter the glacier floor. The zone of leucogranite represents a zone where hot rocks from deep in the crust have been squeezed to the surface like toothpaste, as India and Asia continued to collide 20 million years ago. The sedimentary rocks above this zone near the summit of Mt Everest (the Yellow Band and summit limestone), alas only seen from a distance in our trip, are the highest rocks in this sequence. The fact that they formed on an ancient sea floor, and now sit as the highest rocks on Earth, bears testament to the massive forces that shape our planet (starting to sound like a National Geographic documentary now, but the Himalayas does that to you). As mere humans in this landscape, we can only be humbled and amazed.
Diagram and geological background work from Searle, M.P. et al (2003), Journal of the Geological Society, London, 160, 345-366. back to top
A large avalanche falls from Mount Lingtren. Photo by David Maidment. The last team in the Khumbu Icefall - David Maidment, Elmo Francis, and Dan Mazur. David Maidment Photo.
A Yak caravan arrives in our Everest Base Camp at 5am. David Maidment photo. Snow encrusted western wall of Lhotse looms above the west idge of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall in this zoom shot by Elmo Francis.
Sherpa team left to right - Tenji, Thile, Jangbu, Jai Bahadur. Photo David Maidment.Melted serac in the Khumbu Icefall. this pockmarked melting pattern is caused by rock particles absorbing heat and melting at a faster rate than the ice. Photo by David Maidment back to top
Ice fall doctors removing the final ladders from the icefall. Elmo Francis photo. David Maidment shows us the stratigraphy in a 500 million year old rock in Everest basecamp. Photo by Dan Mazur.
Dan shakes hands with and thanks an ice fall doctor. David Maidment photo. Closeup of Khumbu Icefall by Elmo Francis.
Dan climbing in the Khumbu Icefall. Elmo Francis Photo. Dan calls basecamp on the radio to tell them the icefall ladders and ropes have been removed. Photo by David Maidment. The last team at Everest Basecamp - Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee Camp. Photo by David Maidment. back to top
Everest Nepal Training Climb Blog: Here is what Elmo Francis from Colombo, Sri Lanka has to say:
From 23c to 0 within minutes and from blue to gray while you stand with the sound of yak caravan moving the final bits of expedition gear from EBC has been the life. The sounds of the bells on yaks now remind you of another group leaving and not entering EBC.
Despite the vast landscape, both horizontal and vertical, our Everest training team has found a lot in common in addition to climbing Everest. It is also great to discover the photography skills that each one inherited but doubted before arrival, or is it the landscape that we shoot is so glorious and exciting that you have no need to worry about your photography skills.
The days have been interesting for us, talking about life, films, food, culture, Barak Obama, Alexander the Great, Belgian waffles, Sherpa's getting into forex trading. We have even been talking about the Malaysian flight and drawing our own theories for its disappearance.
The food has been great, especially the noodles with tomato sauce. We heard that the official basecamp hospital has now been taken down. The past few days have been exhilarating with some fantastic practice climbs. This place is too big to get bored, which means we will be exploring more. The above paragraphs are by Elmo Francis
The following is written by David Maidment from Perth, Australia: The glacier around Base Camp has proven to be a treasure trove of ice peaks on which we have been developing and practicing our climbing and abseiling skills, during the last three days. Safely roped to the mountain, it has been great to manoeuvre our way to the top of these spires under the guidance of the ever-encouraging Dan, and the able assistance of Tenji, Jangbu and Tile Sherpa. It is fantastic to feel the crunch of the crampons and the bite of the ice axe, as we finally get to use the equipment that has been lugged to this remote part of the world. This training is setting us in good stead for our further exploration of the Base Camp area, and an attempt on Mount Lobuche, which we hope to climb later on.
Cameramen filming the the new version of Into Thin Air in Everest Basecamp. Photo by Elmo Francis. Elmo and Dan hold the flag of Sri Lanka on the top of Mount Jangbu in the Khumbu Glacier near Everest Basecamp. Photo by Gary Murray.
David Maidment climbs ice while Jangbu Sherpa instructs. Dan Mazur photo. David Maidment preparing to abseil down Mount Jangbu while Tenji Sherpa looks on. Dan Mazur photo. back to top
Elmo Francis abseiling on Mount Jangbu in the Khumbu Glacier near Everest Basecamp. Photo by Gary Murray. Elmo Francis enjoying a delicious bowl of jelly with apple slices in our heated dining tent. Photo by David Maidment. Gary Murray holds a giant icecicle he found in the Khumbu Glacier near Everest Base Camp. Photo by Elmo Francis
Elmo Francis practices a body rappel below the West Ridge of Everest. Photo by David Maidment.Our comfortable little Everest basecamp with an individual sleeping tent for each member. Photo by Garry Murray. back to top
Everest Nepal Training Climb Blog: Since arriving in Everest Base Camp, the training team has been working on acclimatising and training in the surrounding area. We have had some great views of Everest Base Camp from a day climb up grassy and rocky slopes to 5800 metres / 19,000 feet, which although a vigourous day out, has helped with our conditioning. We have also been working on our climbing skills in the Khumbu Glacier, with some spectacular views of both the Ice Fall and the amazing ice sculptures of the glacier itself.
Our small team is now complete, with the arrival of our last member, Gary Murray, beating the snow that has draped the camp in a thick layer of white this afternoon. We are all feeling good, despite the altitude, and are looking forward to further exploring the Khumbu Glacier around Everest Base Camp over the next few days.
Team Roster: Daniel Mazur: Bristol, UK and Seattle, USA; Elmo Francis: Colombo, Sri Lanka; David Maidment: Perth, Australia; Gary Murray: Dubai and Ayreshire, Scotland.
Basecamp Panaroma. Mountains left to right - Khumbutse, Lho La, West Ridge of Everest, Khumbu Icefall, Nuptse. Photo by David Maidment. back to top
Dan browsing the internet on the Khumbu Glacier near Everest Basecamp. Photo David Maidment. Gary Murray with the helicopter which brought him to Lukla. back to top
Helicopter rescue taking place at Everest Basecamp. Photo by David Maidment. Khumbu Glacier ice lake. Gary Murray Photo.
David Maidment in Khumbu Glacier Training near Everest Basecamp. Dan Mazur photo. Ice axe and crampon training in the Khumbu Glacier near Everest basecamp. Photo David Maidment. back to top
Memorial plaque to a fallen Mongolian climber. Photo by Gary Murray. Packing up basecamp. Icefall behind. Photo David Maidment.
Pictorial map of Khumjung and Kunde Village. Photo Gary Murray. Prayer flags in Everest base camp. Gary Murray Photo
Tenji Sherpa leads an acclimatization trek to 5800 metres on the hills above basecamp. David Maidment photo. The kit shop in Kathmandu. Photo by Gary Murray. back to top
View of Khumbu Glacier and Everest from 5800 metres. Basecamp is on the left at the outside of the bend. David Maidment photo. Yaks waiting to be loaded in basecamp. Mount Pumori in background. Photo by David Maidment.
View towards Base Camp; Pumori on left; Nuptse on right. Photo David Maidment,
View from Pheriche towards Tawoche and Lobuche; porter in foreground. Photo David Maidment. Toy on the Ice Axe. Photo Scot Younghusband. back to top
Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse from the Namche Chortens. Photo by Elmo Francis. Team in our comfortable dining tent in Everest basecamp, left to right - Christie, Alexandra, Sam, Ed, Paula, Mike, Nandini, Pat, Elmo, Carlos, Mike. Photo by Pasang.
Loaded Yaks in Orsho. Photo by Elmo Francis. Namche Bazar, capital of the Khumbu Sherpas. Photo Elmo Francis.
Flight landing at Lukla; onboard magazine open; Lukla village out of the window. Photo David Maidment. Stupa at the Tibetan Camp in Namche. Photo by Elmo Francis. back to top
Donkey train on the trail to Everest. Elmo Francis Photo. Everest basecamp on a gorgeous morning. Elmo Francis Photo.
Avalanche from Lingtren. view from Base Camp. photo David Maidment. David Maidment next to chorten on Dughla Hill; view towards Ama Dablam. Photo Tenji Sherpa.
Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: NEPAL #EVEREST TRAINING CLIMB MEMBERS (2ND PHASE) ARRIVING IN BASECAMP back to top
Michael Tomordy at the Lobuche summit photo by Patrick McKnight. Paula, Alexandra, and Sam considering a ladder near Everest basecamp. Photo by Mike Fairman.
Paula, Alexandra, and Sam ice training near Everest basecamp. Photo by Mike Fairman. Sam and Alexandra relax at Lobuche base camp looking out at Ama Dablam photo by Patrick McKnight.
Today's Blog from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: 27 April Nepal Blog: Today our team reached the summit of Mount Lobuche 6119 metres / 20,070 feet. The weather was excellent. Congratulations!
Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: In #Lobuche basecamp 4800 m / 15,000 ft. Last night 2 cm / 1 inch new snow. Today sunny & no other teams here. Lots of birds & stunning view. back to top
Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: 7 members of #everest Nepal team in Lobuche vill. Going for Lobuche summit at 6100 metres, 21130 feet.
Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Nepal team are heading to Pheriche peak for the next 7 days or so #escapethehype
Today An historic meeting to wake the passing of 16 Sherpas on 18 April was held during a beautiful sunny morning with the Khumbu Ice Fall as a backdrop. In attendance were Sherpas, climbers, company leaders, medical personnel, support teams, and the media. After a prayer ceremony, veteran leaders were invited to speak on behalf of the fallen. The mountain will remain closed until further notice. Some members of our team have decided to leave base camp for a week to climb Mt. Lobuche for acclimitization and training.
We have been studying more about what caused the tragedy in the icefall on 18 May, which, it is now stated, took the lives of 16 Sherpas at 6:40 am. It seems that the ice which buried the Sherpas originated from the West Ridge of Everest, which looms far above the Khumbu icefall on the left side as the viewer faces it from below, to the right and above the Lho La. The location of the event can be seen approximately 1200 metres / 4000 feet as "the crow flies" from our location at base camp. There exists an enourmous hanging glacier which clings to the face of the West Ridge, and on the morning of Friday, 18 April, a piece of this hanging glacier "calved" away from the main glacier, tumbling at high speed down the steep face, shattering into many ice pieces and burying the victims in its awful wake. Some people have said that if the climbing route were located more toward the center of the Khumbu icefall, rather than being on the left side, beneath the hanging glacier, then perhaps there might be less chance of climbers travelling within the trajectory of such calving events. Moving the route to the center of the icefall, however, introduces other risks. Thus, the route always involves some form of risk balance. While route changes posssibly could save lives, of course "hindsight is 20/20" and no amount of conjecturing will bring back the sad loss of our dear friends. back to top
Alex with East London prayer flag on tents. Photo by Sam Chappatte. Alex, Neil & Patrick thanking the yaks & porters for their hard work. EBC in the background. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
EBC bar hosted by Seven Summits. Photo by Sam Chappatte. EBC basecamp tent with Olivia Constants Foundation Flag. Photo by Patrick McKnight.
Blog 21 April Nepal Today many of our members again rested in Everest basecamp. We said goodbye to our excellent Canadian trekking team of Derek, Scott, Liam, Mike, Shamus and Ian. We are really going to miss you guys, and believe you to be in good hands with your guide Tenji Sherpa, a real gentleman, a trekking expert, and 14 time Everest Summiter. Howie was not feeling well and decided to return to Kathmandu. We miss you Howie and wish you very good health. Sophie and Will are trekking back to Kathmandu with GyelChiri Sherpa and Mik Raj Basnat. Have a great trek and we wish you and your families all of the best of luck.
Some of our members trekked around local basecamp hills. A few are resting in Gorak Shep.
Dan did some research around Gorak Shep and basecamp to try and learn what happened in the recent horrible tragedy in which it is reported that 13 Sherpas from 5 teams were taken from their families. It seems there may have been a roadblock on the climbing route in the icefall and a large group of Sherpas may have rested at that place together, rucksacks removed, when the avalanche and/or serac collapse struck. As we learn more we cannot but help feel sorrow and guilt that our team has survived while they have passed. May they rest in peace.
EBC shot taken from close to Icefall. Photo by Sam Chappatte. Gary with cute Sherpa girl - fast friends. Photo by Patrick McKnight.
Sam & Alex in front of Icefall. Photo by Sam Chappatte. Sherpas, climbers, media & government attend the wake meeting in ABC. Photo by Mike Fairman.
Our team is mostly located in Everest basecamp. Today some of our members went for a walk on surrounding hills, while others rested in basecamp, or hung out at Gorak Shep. We are wondering if the icefall will be opened soon.
Everyone is wondering what to do after the sad loss of valiant Sherpas at the top of the icefall three days ago. Our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the fallen. Amazingly, none of our Sherpas nor any of our group was there at the time. Since the tragic accident, it seems no teams are climbing Everest...back to top
South Col route taken from above Pomori ABC. Photo by Patrick McKnight. Team breakfast in EBC, with Nouri, Patrick, Christie & Alex. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
Team Canada in EBC, with the Icefall in the background. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
We wish to send our condolences to those involved in the avalanche which hit the area just below Camp 2 at 6,400 metres (21,000ft) on Mount Everest this morning. (18th April 2014)
Our teams were not in the area at the time. All SummitClimb leaders, staff and team members are safe and well.
Disaster photo, with edit. Photo by Patrick McKnight & Sam Chappatte.
Today we woke up to gorgeous views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse and after a delicious breakfast and some repacking, we walked for 20 minutes to upper Pangboche village where we visited the high lama of Pangboche, named Lama Geshe. He blessed all of the members of our trekking and climbing expedition and all of our Sherpas too. After a few cups of tea we enjoyed a liesurely 2.5 hour walk up to Pheriche Village at 4200 metres / 13,750 feet. It was a nice, slow paced, acclimatization day. Members enjoyed a few rounds of cards in the warm dining room of our lodge and then had an early night, beneath a gorgeous full moon.
Pangboche village with Ama Dablam and Everest in the background. Photo by Sam Chappatte. Thile Nuru Sherpa and Lakpa Kongle Sherpa being blessed by Lama Geshe. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
Mike, Scott, Lakpa and Carlos spinning prayer wheels at Pangboche Gompa. Sam Chappatte Photo.
Aleessandra, Patrick, Edward and Laxman on the Everest Trail to Tyangboche Monastery. Sam Chappatte Photo. Ama Dablam at twilight seen from Pangboche. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
Everest Nepal Blog: 14 April: Today our team walked from Namche to Pangboche. It was a very beautiful day, with a lot of great views. It did snow part of the way, although the snow did not stick to the ground. Also it was a bit windy. One of the journey highlights was sighting a small herd of wild Himalayan Tahr sheep on the slopes near Kyangzoma. Another highlight was apple pie in Tyangboche. It is really nice to be in Pangboche, with stunning views of Lhotse south face and even of Everest itself. back to top
Namche Bazar Saturday Market. Photo by Iam Dumanski. Edward and Laxman Hanging Prayer Flags on the Thada Koshi Bridge. Photo by Mike Fairman
Photo of Patrick and Neal on a day trip to 3880m with our first view of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Photo taken by Neal Kushwaha. Laxman and Karel crossing through Ghat Village. Photo by Mike Fairman. back to top
Neal sitting on a boulder with Mount Kwangde in the background (2). Photo by Patrick McKnight. Team loading bags at the Lukla Airport. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
Arsenal football club poster at Namche Bazzar. Photo by Sam Chappatte.
Namche on a sunny day. Mount Kwangde in the background. Sam Chappatte Photo. A Buddhist Deity and Prayer Wheels at Namche Bazaar. Photo by Sam Chappatte. back to top
The team is all together again. Edward, Karel, Muhammad, Carlos and Mike F.
finally caught up with the rest of the team in Namche Bazar. Their flight was cancelled on the 10th but luckly made a flight to Lukla on the 11th. The rest of the team has enjoyed their rest day and all members from both goups are doing well. It was a beautiful day today with snow falling all the way up the trail to Namche, giving it a true Himalayan feel. We are all sitting around now enjoying some warm drinks and enjoying such a magnificant view.
Our tents outside the Danfe lodge in the morning of April 12. Photo taken by Neal Kushwaha. Thile Nuru Sherpa about to step into the SPCC office in Namche on April 12. Photo taken by Neal Kushwaha.
Christie at the entrance to Namche upon her arrival after a 6 hour hike from Phakding. Photographer: Liam. Photo Caption: Leave it to a Texan! Christie riding a Yak in Lukla.
Sunrise well above Namche. This is a Kwangde. Next to it on the left is Numbur. Photo was taken very early as the sun was cresting various peaks by Neal Kushwaha. 1 Mike Lobsinger, Christie and Derek lounging at the Hotel Danphe in Namche Nepal after a 6 hour hike to 3345 meters from Phakding. Photographer: Alex. back to top
Today the Nepal team flew to Lukla in a 16 seat Twin Otter twin engined propeller plane. It was an exciting flight, the weather was perfect and we saw Everest! Upon arrival we went to a very comfortable teahouse and had a yummy breakfast. The Tibet team boarded a bus after some uncertainty if the road to Tibet would be open (it was opened at about 6 am, luckily).
As we speak they are bumping along the Arniko Highway up to the Tibet boarder. Luckily the weather has been dry so the road is passable. By the way, after a fun few days of the Nepal side and Tibet side SummitClimb and SummitTrek teams hanging out and socialising together, we parted company, we shall certainly miss joking around with them, and we wish them all of the very best. Perhaps we will meet them on the summit of Everest as we did last year.
Watching the planes land overhead at the Lukla Airport, photo taken by Neal Kushwaha. The first group taking off from Tribhuvan International Airport on runway 20-02.
In the morning we had a team meeting at our very comfortable and quiet Hotel in Thamel, Kathamandu. During the meeting we discussed the plans for our climbs and treks, equipment we would need, etc. In the afternoon we had a permit signing ceremony at the Ministry of Tourism and all members received a beautiful souvenir scarf.
Our teams arrived and the leaders and Sherpas continued packing, organizing, and preparing for the upcoming expeditions. We checked all of the member's gear to be sure they had what they needed and went shopping together so they could find any missing bits and pieces at one of Thamel's many trekking and climbing shops, with great prices. In the evening we had a delicious welcome dinner together with the team.
After the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Tourism, taken by Michael Fairman.
- Dan Mazur (Leader), UK/USA
- Sam O.C., UK
- Alexandra S., Belgium
- Muhammad K., British
- Edward M., Canadian
- Paula L., USA
- Nandini C., Indian
- Christie R., USA
- Patrick K., USA
- Cameron M.F., USA
- Carlos A., Brasil
- Karel M., Czech Republic
- Neal K., Canadian
- William H., British
- Sophie K., British
- Howard Z., USA
- Michael A.T., British
- David W. M., Australian
- Elmo F., Sri Lanka
- Gary S. M., British
- Jangbu Sherpa
- Lakpa Nuru Sherpa
- Pemba Tamang
- Sange Sherpa
- Thile Nuru sherpa
- Gyalze Sherpa
- Tenji Sherpa
- Ang Pasang Sherpa
- Mingmar Sherpa
- Karma Gyalzi Sherpa
- Nawang Nuri Sherpa
- Sange Sherpa
- Pasang Sherpa
- Laxman Tamang
- Lakpa Kongle Sherpa
- Dawa Sange Sherpa
- Nir Kaji Tamang (Base Camp Manager)
- Jay Bahadhur Nagarkoti(Cook) back to top