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April 8, 2009

Everest Base Camp Trekker Glenn Bacheller and Lead Guide Deana Zabaldo Report From Gorak Shep!

The word for today was "cold". After a 5 AM wake-up call, we were on the trail a little after 6 AM to Gorak Shep. Temperature was around 10 degrees F and water bottles were freezing. We got in after a few hours but the views were clouded in so we waited.

Sitting in a cold room in the lodge, they finally fired up the heating stove. These stoves are fueled by Yak dung and Becky exclaimed "that she was never so happy to see yak dung".

The entire group did an awesome job hiking today. One made it to Gorak Shep (17,000 feet) another part way up Kala Patar (17,500 feet) and the rest summitted Kala Patar (18,500). Kudos to everyone!

The weather did ultimately cooperate and we got great views of Everest, base camp, ice falls and even an avalanche on Lhotse!

The day was punctuated by Richard who did a snow angel up on Kala Patar.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

- Glenn Bacheller


Deana Zabaldo, lead guide, reported the following:

Thunder, lightening, and...SNOW! A storm rolled up the valley last night--first hail and then thick flakes swirling beyond the windows. Flashes of lightening illuminated the whole valley towards Island Peak.

We woke in the morning to find the world transformed--black rock and white snow, with people's jackets the only dots of color on the earth. Even the yaks and stone houses are monochromatic. However, the sky was clear, and we had a gorgeous day hiking. Just enough snow to make everything exquisitely beautiful, but not so much as to give us any trouble.

It was a stunning day, probably my favorite of the trek. Ama Dablam and Thamserku down the valley, Taboche looming precariously over us, and Pumori peeking up around the corner as we hiked up an alpine valley.

On a high ridge, a string of square stone shortens stand in memorial to climbers who have perished in these mountains, including the memorial to Scott Fischer.

We hiked on and reached Lobuche before another bout of snow rolled in...