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Title: The WMS Everest Expedition 2012

12th - 15th May , 2012 - Preparations for the final attempt

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Looking up to Khumbu Icefall

Looking up to Khumbu Icefall

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12th - 15th May, 2012 - Preparations for the final attempt

On 12/05, after breakfast, we left Pheriche around 9:00 A.M.  We started our hike in nice weather and moved up on the valley, watching the grazing yaks.  We briefly stopped for a break at Everest Memorial.  Before reaching the Memorial, Mark had his backpack carried by a yak up to Lobuche.  After an uneventful hike in Kumbu valley, we reached Lobuche before noon.  After lunch, we carried on our hike and shortly after, it started snowing.  As we approached Gorak Shep, the snow got heavier. We had to stop at Gorak Shep for a tea break.  While having our teas, it stopped snowingand it became shiny. We continued our hike and reached Base Camp late afternoon.

On 13/05- we were at the Camp all day and rested. Some of us did laundry, some of us showered.

On 14/05- after breakfast, Me, Mark and Bob left the camp for Kala Pathar. We hiked to Gorak Shep first and from there started climbing Kala Pathar straight up. We reached the summit around noon time.  It was very windy up there.  The sky was clear. We had very good views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pulmori. We stayed about 20 minutes and decided to descend.  Mark wanted to go to Gorak Shep.  Me and Bob chose to go back to the camp through short cut.  We picked up a trail which appeared right for us. Shortly after, the trail disappeared and we found ourselves in a hostile terrain.  After some struggle, we were able to find the main trail to the camp.  Early afternoon, we were back at the camp.

On 15/05- we were at the camp all day. We did our preparations for the final attempt.  We tried  our oxygen masks.
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View from Pheriche

View from Pheriche

 

Starting back base camp

Starting back base camp

 

Mark hiring a yak to carry his heavy backpack

Mark hiring a yak to carry his heavy backpack

 

Resting at the memorial above Thukla

Resting at the memorial above Thukla

 

Helicopter flying into EBC

Helicopter flying into EBC

 

First group Photo (Pemba Rita Sherpa, Dawa Tenjing Sherpa, Huseyin,Mark, Ngima Thundu Sherpa, Chris,Pasang Bhote,Bob and Mingmar Dorji Sherpa )

First group Photo (Pemba Rita Sherpa, Dawa Tenjing Sherpa, Huseyin,Mark, Ngima Thundu Sherpa, Chris,Pasang Bhote,Bob and Mingmar Dorji Sherpa )

 

Hiking in Sacred valley

Huseyin trying his face mask and regulator

 

Bob Testing his regulator and face mask with Ngima Thundu sherpa

Bob Testing his regulator and face mask with Ngima Thundu sherpa

 

EverestER Hospital at base camp

EverestER Hospital at base camp

 

Sending off our friend Chet

Sending off our friend Chet