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Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls Head Home

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Weather and logistics finally cooperating and we were able to break free of Lukla. We loaded the team and all their bags on a helicopter. And I jumped onto a fix wing plane. And we made it back to Kathmandu in time for dinner and departing flights. Alls well […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls on ice!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Well at least it waited till our trek was complete before it started to rain ☔️. We went to the Lukla airport (one of the most dangerous) and waited 6 hours for our plane ✈️. Wind 💨 and then rain 🌧 put a real damper on our plans. So […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls eat Cheese Balls in Lukla

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, Taking off early this morning allowed us to avoid some of the animal traffic on the trail. That said, there were plenty of yak jams yet the amazing scenery made it a delightful trek. Her passed through a sacred area that was full of Mani stones, prayer wheels and […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls descend to Zamfurte

Easy morning for the CBs shopping and sightseeing in Namche Bazar. We had a delicious lunch at the Panorama Lodge before trekking down into the valley below. Also taking lunch was world class Mountainguide Dave Hahn. Dave has only climbed Everest 15 times! There was a bit of a yak jam that slowed our descent. […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Namche calls the Cheese Balls!

Loose 1,800 vertical and the gain back 1,500 feet. We were on a roller coaster, up and down all day, however we ultimately lost another thousand feet. And we gain even more oxygen, yippee. We passed many yaks on our way down valley. Sweet views every where we looked. Again we crossed the roaring Duhd […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls Roll Downhill!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Having obtained our stated double goal of climbing Kala Pattar (18,000feet) and visiting Everest Base Camp, we are now in return to civilization mode. We dropped three thousand feet today and we can feel the difference. Views were phenomenal and each step lower was more oxygen for us. More […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese Balls explore Base Camp!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Another huge day for our team. We trekked to the upper reaches of the Khumbu glacier. Fortunately the weather was clear so we were able to see Everest many times. We had to descend down on to the Khumbu glacier to actually visit the historic mountaineers base camp site. […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Cheese balls summit Kala Pattar!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones Big day for the Team. Not only did we trek across glacier moraines to Gorak Shep (16,942 ft.) we also gave the local mountain our best shot. We were treated to glorious bird of Everest and Nuptse. After a 3 hour push in high winds we top out to […]

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Starry Night at Gorak Shep

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Team Cheese Does Lobuche

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! In high spirits we hiked up out of Pheriche on track for the little village of Lobuche. With over 2000 feet of gain, we can feel the thin air. We celebrated our climb up Thukla hill, a particularly steep stretch. That’s Lobuche mountain behind the team. Amy is going […]


  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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