Monday, November 14, 2011
A view of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas
There are a lot of videos out there both climber made and commercial of Everest, Everest Base Camp, and the entire Himalaya Region. I spent a lot of time searching online and these were the highlights I came up with. Sadly there has been a lot of tragedy on the mountain over the years, so some of the videos are quite sad, but there is also some amazing scenery, interesting facts, and heart warming stories portrayed in these videos. If you know of other good Everest videos please post links in the comments and I'll add them to the collection.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Climbing a ladder over a crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall
The Khumbu Icefall is hands down one of the most dangerous stretches of the Everest Climb. It's basically a giant frozen waterfall, which moves several feet every day. This makes it extremely unstable, and despite using all safety precautions, a deadly place. Large chunks of ice are regularly tumbling down the mountain, 100 foot crevasses are everywhere, and sometimes loosely covered in snow creating a death trap for the unaware climber. Sherpas set up safety ropes, and ladders up the large ice pillars called Seracs, or over wide crevasses, but despite their best efforts, their makeshift paths are still not safe. I've heard that a climber was once crushed by a block of ice rolling down the mountain which was 12 stories tall.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Colorful tents at the new Everest Base Camp
My stomach hurt all night, but I’m feeling ok this morning. Sam was sick again last night, but he feels up for the climb. Andrew seems better and wants to climb as well. Mike still hadn’t fully recovered but was in good shape to go up. I’m glad we don’t have to send anyone down to Pheriche. The rain we walked in yesterday turned to snow during the night. The landscape looks pretty with the dusting of white, but also very, very cold.