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First Ascent Brings Together Dream Team of Mountaineering
Posted on April 1, 2009

Everest Dispatch #5
April 1, 2009
Namche … 11,296 ft.
N 27° 48.300’  E 086° 42.667’

By Dave Hahn

While the rest of the gang set out in the dark for “production work” up and over the ridge to Khumjung, I followed at a more civilized hour with Erica and Ed Dohring. Father and daughter were both feeling fine after two nights and a rest day living the Namche high life.

On this calm and sunny morning, we hiked up to Syangboche, the sometimes-used dirt airstrip 500 feet directly above Namche. The mountains were big and bright and unobscured by any cloud whatsoever. As we came to the forested ridgecrest separating us from the Khumjung Valley, we were granted a big view of Everest and Lhotse with wind tearing ragged cloud banners from their summits. We connected up with the early morning film squad to find the gang over in the Khumjung Bakery. They finished up breakfast, and then together we went out for a few more photos, posing amongst the peaks on a fine spring day.

Once this was finished, Ed, Erica, and I continued with our acclimatization hike, agreeing to meet one and all back down in Namche in the afternoon. But first we found our way to the deck of the Everest View hotel to enjoy … what else? The Everest view with a couple of plates of French fries at 12,000-plus feet. A humongous brown and gold eagle flew close over our fries on his/her way through the treetops of the ridge. There were a few other tourists about, but for the most part we’d gotten away from the “crowds” of trekkers and porters on the main trail up-valley.

Our walk was quite leisurely and enjoyable, but it was not without purpose. Rest on a rest day is a great and valuable thing, but light exercise at a slightly higher altitude than one is currently sleeping at is also a great way to prepare for actually moving higher.

We’ll do that tomorrow, assuming that everybody has a manageable last night in Namche.  But first, folks are back to resting … enjoying last showers and Internet access and shopping in the metropolis of Namche Bazar.
— Dave Hahn

Author: - Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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  1. angelah

    Wow! Great pics and videos. I’m heading out on an Everest Base Camp trek tomorrow from Scotland and your blog is really awesome, it’s got me so excited – thank you and Good Luck!!!
    might see you at base camp!…
    Angela

  2. doverpro

    Remember summiting is a two way trip. Live for the Climb. Somebody now famous said it.

    Question: It would be nice to see information about the support guys, cameramen, logistics manager, cook, sherpas, etc. Who is your weather guy? Thanks and keep it coming; we’re pulling for all of you.

  3. pazzoragazzo

    This is incredibly awesome! I just wanted to wish the climbing party the best of luck…I was extremely fortunate to meet Ed, Dave, Melissa and all the Whittakers (Lou, Jim and Peter) at last year’s Mt. Rainier Festival (I was the red-headed Sailor stationed on the aircraft carrier, but am now in Sicily). It was an amazing weekend and everyone was very kind, generous and patient. And to Eddie Bauer…I can’t wait to place my first order for ‘First Ascent’ gear and start ‘setting the trend’ here in southern Europe!!!


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