Thumbs up at the top of the Ice Fall

Posting pictures from Camp I and Camp II on Everest

Took a walk to Gorak Shep today and tried without success to fly my 1.2m parafoil kite in the mud flats next to the lodges. But the wind did not agree with me and after repeatedly crashing the kite into various yak dung paddies, I ended up inside the Buddha Lodge common room where I
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Chutes and Ladders! Back at EBC…

Hi all, I’m writing this from the relative comforts of BC, having just returned from Camp II a couple hours ago. What a trip! Damai Sherpa and I left at about ~4am two days ago. The trip up the ice fall was like a huge, 3 dimensional, uphill jigsaw puzzle. There really are blocks of
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Update from Camp II!

Update from Camp II!

Hello SWEET2011FCers, Kelly here again with another update on the exciting climb: Seth made it to Camp II (about 21,300ft) this morning – I think around noon his time on Tuesday (he’s 9.75 hours ahead of the east coast, 12.75 hours ahead of the west coast).  He and Damai slept at Camp I on Monday
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Update from Camp I

Update from Camp I

Hello friends of the SWEET2011FC (Seth Wolpin Everest Expedition Team 2011 Fan Club), Kelly here writing with a brief update to let you know that Seth is safe and sound at Camp I – and feeling good.  He says the icefall was “amazing!” and “incredible!” and that it’s very windy at Camp I.  It took
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Heading to Camp I, maybe Camp II

Heading to Camp I, maybe Camp II

I’m finally getting ready to climb. Tomorrow morning at about 4am (Sunday ~3:15pm PST and ~6:15pmEST) Damai and I will head across the glacier and then up the ice fall. The reason for the early start is that when it is cold there is less danger of avalanches and movement in the ice fall. If
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A mundane day in the life at EBC…

A mundane day in the life at EBC…

At around 3am the Sherpas start tromping by the front door of my tent. Their headlamps sometimes illuminate everything inside and I can hear the occasional voice. They are on their way up the ice fall to fix Camp I and Camp II for their teams. Our camp provides a perfect short cut from the
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Happy New Year!

Yesterday was the Nepalese New Year! Welcome to 2068! I just took a walk to Gorak Shep and had a lovely climb up Kalapathar – a ‘little’ hill that is nearby. Tandra and I went up it last fall, reaching the top just as dawn broke. It was one of the most incredible mornings of
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Pheriche Respite – Island Peak Recap

Pheriche Respite – Island Peak Recap

Made the ~7hr walk down to Pheriche at ~14,000ft yesterday. A head-wind and snow (none on the ground) in my face the whole way. Met some interesting people at the HRA High Altitude Medical Post yesterday and have enjoyed being able to reliably get online. But the night was actually colder than base camp 3,500ft
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Safe at Camp II!

Safe at Camp II!

Hello SWEETFCers, Kelly here with an update from Seth: he made it across the ice fall to Camp I, then continued straight on up to Camp II where he is now resting in his tent.  He said the trip up was really difficult – he likened it to a 50 mile run (which on the
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Heading to Pheriche? Getting High(er)?

Heading to Pheriche? Getting High(er)?

Just about one week at base camp and I’m actually making plans to head south for a few days to Pheriche to visit the high altitude medicine clinic there and see if they might administer a few of my porter health surveys. This is basically a 15 minute survey that we are administering to porters
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