Viewing Post for: Everest Base Camp 2010

Date: November 6
Location: Arya, 14,005 ft

This picture is of Tom with a typical porter basket. He fell over after this picture!

Rocky but gentle climb through the long Nanga pa La valley. Towering 20,000ers, snow covered lining the side. We are in yak land. Grass valley with bushes, boulders and a few rocky scattered villages. The border was closed from Tibet since April so no yak caravans coming through. Few other trekkers in this valley. We are sitting in a small stone hut, waiting for the evening dung fire to be lit. 30 degrees out at the moment. Tomorrow is a rest day so we will go for a hike and look for yak butter tea.

Drama report; the thin crumbly edge above the rushing river was interesting. There is some hazard from the popping dung in the stove.

Kathi- better today then yesterday
          02 86%
         Pulse: 84
 Pat-wound clock ready to strike
         02 85%
        Pulse: 97

Steps: 10,225

Messages for this post

For: Darlene

It sounds like a really great trip, but i think we will stick with enjoying your experiences from our warmer spot and comfortable chair! Take care and capture everything so you can pass it on!

Patrick and Gillian - 11/7/2010

For: Darlene

I hope you don't try on a porter basket as Tom did for the posted photo. Looks like it would cause about a year's worth of chiropractic care! Tim is off visiting friends, I am packing up items in the basement for next weekend's Toy Show, and Gretchen is happily napping nearby. We tried Mo's Barbecue on West Ave last night and it was pretty good. I don't know how that stacks up against yak butter tea and dinners around a dung fired stove, but I am sure it is a memorable experience for you. Maybe

Jesse) - 11/7/2010

For: Mom and Jim

Looks like you are having fun! We think of you often and enjoy all the updates! Katie's class is following you all and like me have unsuccessfully sent several messages (that didn't post). Katie is on a camping trip with her girl scout troop on the coldest night of the year so far - it was 31 degrees when we woke up this morning! She didnt really want to go until she found out that they were going to Golden Corral for dinner last night :). We love you lots, be safe!

Michelle and family - 11/7/2010

For: Paul

Remember the old days when "yak" meant something different. SU lost to Louisville. Andy wants you to "man up" and go to the summit. We all say keep on ar-trucking!

The Bishops - 11/7/2010

For: Jim and Bonnie

Jackson Vincent Thies was born.On11-6 at 9:18pm. 5pounds 10 oz. Both baby and mom are doing well

Kevin and Emily. aximum 255 chars) - 11/7/2010

For: Tom W

Is that really you playing porter? Did you fall over from the dung fire fumes? ...wish all of you the best; can't wait to see pictures and hear stories! Love, Jane&Ron

Ron and Jane - 11/6/2010

For: Paul Artruc

I think a shovel for BABS, and some farm chores would be THE BEST for the farm and fam. Keep on keepin' on.

Martha Roney - 11/6/2010

For: all

Can't wait to find out who won the "first to puke" contest. Paul- don't forget to DRINK!

linda #1 - 11/6/2010

For: Matt

We enjoyed your family at dinner tonight at the Plum House. Catching "rice balls" was a hoot! Sounds better than a camp fire of yak dung...:) Good night

Ginny & Chuck - 11/6/2010

For: Paul

Paul-I think a Yak would be a great addition to your farm. Sorry Linda I couldn't resist! Keep up your great work and come home safe!

Babs - 11/6/2010

For: All

Well you certainly look like you're having fun!!! I would expect no less. Matt I'm safely home from the CPS-3 conference in Dallas. (I just know you totally remembered it and were concerned) Also it is Big Deal Meg Little's birthday today!! Which also means it's my birthday since we share the same day of birth. So ya know - you guys can think about that to get you through. Like how glad you all are that we were born. Hang in there and keep going!!! You can do it! Love to all of you! xoxo - Sadie

Sadie - 11/6/2010

For: Our JOI Everst Treckers

Patty brought home from Wegman's a 12 pack of "Long Trail Ale" for me to toast our "Long Trail Hikers". Wish you all the best on your adventure. We "Love You", Jack & Patty

Jack & Patty - 11/6/2010

For: All my JOI Heros

Paul, sorry to say the SU did not secure the bowl game today but we will get it next week for you. Tom, soooo good to see your smiling face. I am glad to hear all of you are doing well. Stay strong and enjoy every step. May God bless you and keep you safe on your journey to the top of the world.

Kilikaren - 11/6/2010

For: Esther

Sounds like all is going well for the group. We are very excited for you. The Fire Marshal has ruled that no yak dung can be transported to Rochester--too dangerous.

Jeff & Emily - 11/6/2010

For: Kathi

Life's an adventure! Yours at Everest - mine with "mom"....just got back from Lewiston. Thought of you along the way - as I was driving through the swamps and appreciating our beautiful countryside - what a beautiful country you must be seeing!!!! Enjoy the beauty! (O' and heard from Tommi and the kids today - they sound great!!!)

canoelite - 11/6/2010

For: Paul

it is 1:13am your time. I hope you are sleeping well. we had snow showers this morning, but nothing stuck. Fire in fireplace...warm and cozy. Wish I was with you. stay safe. love you.

Linda #2 - 11/6/2010

For: Patrick and Matt

I hope you're eating well and sleeping well and staying warm at night in those low temperatures. And they're going to get lower! But you sound very good...I just hope it continues...

Mom - 11/6/2010

For: Patrick

Annalie is away for the weekend and I'm waiting for Linda to come over. Just got back from the grocery store and three things reminded me of you: fruit flies on the kiwi, it sounded like someone at the deli counter said, "Can I have the meatlump?" and a cashier shouted to another, "Patrick!" Miss you. Glad you're wound like a clock and ready to rock!

Robin - 11/6/2010

For: Alison & Darlene

A year ago we were in New York! I'm thinking of you two and wishing you the best in an awesome trek! Stay warm and safe! I can't wait to hear about your adventures when you return!

Jen - 11/6/2010

For: kathi

Kathi..yesterdays hats reminded me of a Seinfeld episode..hope they aren't "rat hats"...sounds like you are in a quiet place today...while looking looking in mountain books found this quote from Tenzing Norgay: "...what is Everest without the eye that sees it? It is in the hearts of men that make it big or small." As i leave for the days hike i send prayers for a strong heart as you climb into the realm of the imagination. Have a pleasant evening and stay warm...good thing fo

brenda - 11/6/2010

For: Tom S.

I hope you are enjoying the journey. Stay safe. We are watching you climb.

Larry F - 11/6/2010

For: Jim & Bonnie

Hey, first conmment on this post! Sounds like you guys are having an incredible journey. We're still following along closely and are enjoying the updates. Its looking like the baby will come today or tomorrow. Emily had contractions through the night and we'll probably head off to the hospital soon. We'll comment again sometime afterwards. Enjoy that Yak dung fire!

Kevin & Emily - 11/6/2010

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