2011 Everest Expedition Wrap Up

Well I suppose it is time to wrap up the dispatches from our amazingly successful 2011 Everest Expedition.

First of all I’d like to thank all of the family and friends of the climbers this year who supported each of them on this long journey.  I’d also like to thank our team of Sherpa who, once again, were our friends and provided the horsepower to make this expedition possible.  Finally, thanks to the climbers who joined us on Everest this year.   We had a great group of people, every one worked hard and succeeded together on a huge undertaking.

Here, one more time, is a list of the climbers who joined the Mountain Trip Everest Expedition for 2011.  We all reached the summit in the morning of May 20th, 2011.

Scott Woolums.   Himalaya Program Director for Mountain Trip.   Hood River, OR
Bill Allen.   co-Owner/Guide Mountain Trip.   Ophir, CO
Ephi Gildor.  Aspen, CO
Chris Davenport.  Aspen, CO
Neal Beidleman.  Aspen, CO
Gregg Mellon.  Sarnia, Ontario Canada
Newall Hunter.  Scotland
Irek Szpot.   Poland

I’d like to share a bunch of photos of the trip, and will load them up in 3 different slide shows.
1.  The trek in to base camp, base camp, the “Puja”, and getting ready to head up the mountain.   We were joined on the trek to base camp by some friends of the climbers, they spent a couple of days with us at base camp before returning to Kathmandu.

2. Will be the first 2 trips up to Camp 2 to acclimate and prepare for our summit attempt.

3.  This will be the summit push, and summit day.

Here is the 1st show…

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Video from Everest Summit 2011!

Video from the summit! Beautiful day at over 29,000 ft!

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Update From Kathmandu

Welcome to the end of the season from Kathmandu! Everything has been wrapped up here. With all members back home or on their way. The weather has changed here to very Monsoony! Warm with afternoon thunderstorms. Its actually very nice, not as crowded, with lots of good friends here. A very good season, 100% success and most important, a very safe expedition. Again this year, it was amazing to see the wide range of how expeditions are led to Mt Everest. I can say I would not want to be part of the vast majority of expeditions that are being launched to Everest now. Endless stories around other expeditions and lots of luck have seen mixed success and safety.

So we have had our farewell dinner with the whole staff , 26 very dedicated sherpas that continue to put in place the vast amount of supplies, equipment and Oxygen a safe and successful expedition demands. After working with our team of sherpas, again this year, I am simply wondering how some groups can manage with a very short staff. We have an average of 2 sherpas per member and that seems very minimal without stretching staff resources and safety. Anyways, always happy to discuss everything for those with questions! Will be posting more photos and video over the next week!

Namaste from Kathmandu! Scott Woolums

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Back in Kathmandu

Bill Allen, Kathmandu   May 24th

What a whirlwind…  It’s only been a couple of days since we stood on top of Mt Everest, and here we are back in Kathmandu at the luxury of the Hyatt Hotel.   Yesterday Ephi, Chris, Neal, and I flew here via helicopter directly from base camp.   The rest of the team, Gregg, Newall, Irek (and family) and Scott are on their way here right now.    It’s almost too fast to absorb the change, but we’re managing to enjoy it.

It was an amazing trip, and it’s hard to believe it is over.  Just a few days ago Everest dominated our world, and thoughts and it’s a little hard to let it go.  We’ve said our goodbyes to our amazing team of Sherpa, and the climbers are about to start heading home.   Each of our team members did an incredible job up there, climbing the mountain in good style and making great friends along the way.   We’ve been together for 2 months now, through some stressful circumstances, and come out friends.   That is a testament to the individuals and the team as much as the success on the mountain.  We’ll all remain friends for a long time I’m sure, and may even get together for Irek’s 50th birthday in Poland in just a few months.

Neal, once again, took many fantastic pictures on our summit push and really captured the place and feeling better than any pictures I’ve seen of the top of Everest (maybe it helps that I was there that day).    I would love to post hundreds of his pics, but I’m trying to limit myself.   Thanks so much to Neal for sharing these images with us.

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Back in base camp with some pics from the Summit!

Yahoo! We are all back in Base Camp after a long few days. The whole group summitted on May 20th on a perfect day. We had an absolutely beautiful sunrise over Tibet on our way up. Everyone did very well with no problems or issues.

Yesterday saw us descend from Camp 4 at the South Col down to Camp 2. This morning we descended the icefall very early and we are here now, tired and very happy! We are enjoying perfect weather today here at BC, although up high there is now a lot of wind hammering the upper camps. We are very happy that we are not to be up high now, and it sounds like the jet stream has shifted back to close to the summit.

That’s all behind us now as our focus is currently on packing and getting ready to leave for Kathmandu over the next couple days! Cheers from Everest Base Camp!  We’ll post some more over the next few days.

-Scott Woolums reporting

Looking back at the south summit of Everest

Newall, Gregg, Irek and Scott on the summit!

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Neal Beidleman’s call from Camp 2

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Back at Camp 2!

Bill called this morning and we then received a podcast from Neal Beidleman, both informing us that the team is safely back at Camp 2, and looking forward to one more day of downward travel before returning to Base Camp.  It sounds like summit day was a really nice one, with some clouds wafting about, but great weather overall.

They will get up early tomorrow and begin their descent at about 5 am tomorrow morning.

Here’s Neal:

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