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David Morton and Melissa Arnot Arrive at Everest Base Camp
Posted on May 25, 2011

Story and photo by David Morton Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. Just can’t say enough about that helicopter flight. We landed in Everest base camp a few hours ago. 

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Descend Makalu Safely, but Short of a Summit
Posted on May 23, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot and David Morton; photos by David Morton Melissa: It is sometime between 7 and 9 p.m. Today, May 20, we carried our camp up to our highest resting point, Camp 4 at 7,600 meters. This is as high as I have slept without oxygen, and I am feeling the effects. 

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Set Makalu Summit Attempt for May 21
Posted on May 18, 2011

Story and photos by David Morton I’m sitting, drinking another cup of tea at base camp. Yep, still. I’ve had a lot of time to stare around at the majesty that surrounds us here. My head is tilted way back half the day, staring far into the distance

Melissa Arnot and David Morton Reach Peaks of Anxiety Before Makalu Summit Attempt
Posted on May 17, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot; photos by David Morton The waiting game is not one I am good at. It seems that all the nervous energy of an entire expedition can be pushed into the days preceding a summit attempt.

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Reach Camp III, Test Patience for a Summit Bid
Posted on May 14, 2011

Story and photos by David Morton Camp III? Check. The scorecard? Five rotations and one night above 7,000 meters (at Camp III). Not ideal, but we’ll take what we can get.

Strong Winds on Makalu Keep Camp III Out of Reach for Arnot and Morton
Posted on May 9, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot, photos by David Morton As I sit in the tent at 6,600 meters, I cannot tell if I am having déjà vu or if I am just having the feeling of it because I really have been here before—actually four times before. Makalu is giving us no breaks right now.

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Make Rotations to Camp II on Makalu
Posted on May 7, 2011

Story and photos by David Morton Calm. Sun. Something resembling warmth by 10 a.m. The pond next to my tent shows hints of a thaw. Are those signs of spring? Or is this just a sucker hole? It’s so hard to tell here, up high in the Himalaya.