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Personal accounts and stories of Everest?

by CuriousGal Online Now Nov 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Hi All! I'm starting on a long journey to be prepared to climb Mount Everest in 2015. I am writing an essay on my progress and would love to include some personal accounts of Everest and why people started climbing in the first place. I'm so pumped for this so thanks to all who reply!

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    Re: Personal accounts and stories of Everest?

    by hiflya Online Now Nov 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Wow - now that's a goal worth long term planning!!
    I haven't done it but I had to post to say GO FOR IT!!

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    Re: Personal accounts and stories of Everest?

    by GrumpyDiver Online Now Nov 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    If you climb it, you will get a lot further than we did (EBC in Tibet), but I think our reasons are similar - because we wanted to see it. When you are in the area, you may as well take the extra time and see the famous mountain yourself.

    :)

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    Re: Personal accounts and stories of Everest?

    by into-thin-air Online Now Nov 21, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Yes – I am also only a Mere Trekker – Never-the-Less, here is a short resume of my experiences trekking to EBC mid winter ;-)

    I started off with the bus from Kathmandu to Jiri in mid January – The weather was Good when I started to trek, warm days but cold nights, all was fine until Lamjura – then we went into deep snow about 2 hours before the summit, then going down towards Jumblasi conditions worsened with snow waist deep at times and sometimes even loosing the path, never-the-less we arrived in Jumblasi safe and sound and conditions improved, Crossing Kara Kola was again difficult because of snow, by this time it was frozen making the path a bit treacherous, in fact the path all the way up to Tengboche wasn’t all that cleaver with so much snow on the bridges that we did wonder if they would take the extra weight of us, so we crossed them one at a time - but again, taking care we arrived in Tengboche safe and sound. After Tengboche, Unbelievably we walked out of the snow and had a clear vertical snow free corridor all the way to almost the top of Kala Pattar.
    The weather was Incredibly cold – when we awoke Inside the lodges there was ice on the outside of our sleeping bags most mornings.
    There were lodges open all the way up to Lobuje, Gorak Shep was closed and we were lucky at Dhugla as the day we left the lodge owner closed up the lodge and took his yak down to Namche Bazaar to stock up with provisions for the coming spring trekking season – but other than those places it was business as usual.
    From Lobuje we headed back down to Phortse Tango and from there made our way back up to Gokyo, again all snow free, then from Gokyo back to Namche, by this time the snow had also melted there and trekkers were heading up the Khumba like ants. We took a day of at Namche and headed down to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu and that was our trek. 28 days on the hill and a trek that I will never forget.

    All the way From Tengboche to heading up the Gokyo Valley we had the lodges to ourselves, in fact we only met one other party of independent trekkers in the time we were in the Upper Khumba Valley.

    I Hope that paints a picture of trekking EBC in January / February, I would summarise this trek as one of the hardest I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding too.

    Good Luck in your endeavour
    Rob

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