Tag: Island Peak

Island Peak 2019 – Klimbers Slog into Lukla!

It was a beautiful morning to descend from Namche. Spring has finally come to the lower Khumbu valley and there are flowers everywhere. Rhododendrons are unbelievable. In Monjo the Plum trees 🌳 are at their peak. Even the Mustard Greens are up and at it. All the blooms made for some colorful trekking. However the […]

Island Peak 2019 – Klimbers Do Namche Bazar

Namaste friends, family and loved one, We dropped another 3,000 feet today and we loved every bit of it. Warmer temperatures and easy hills made for a pleasant descent. We made good time as we were motivated by thoughts of hot showers and hot lattes. We even surprised a Himalayan Tar as he grazed the […]

Island Peak 2019 – Klimbers Headed Down

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, Oxygen is good and more is better! We are moving exceedingly well as we head down valley and towards civilization. Warm thick oxygen laden air enters our lungs and fills us with energy. And our appetites seem to be coming back. Though we are certainly feeling stronger, we are […]

Island Peak 2019 – Summit Recap!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We were up at 2:30am under a star filled sky. After hours of scrambling we got onto the glacier. The upper head wall was particularly steep. The view from the summit was spectacular. The team and the mountain Island. We had a very full day as we then descended […]

Island Peak 2019 – Going For It!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! What a glorious morning we are having. This bodes well for tomorrow’s attempt to climb to the summit of Imja tse or Island peak. Sunrise over Imja Tse with winds off of Lhotse! All members are rested and excited for our Alpine start at 3:00 am on the 11th. […]

Island Peak 2019 – Summit Success!

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Spring 2018 Island Peak – Khumbu Khlimbers kruise Kathmandu

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We toured the royal square of Patan this morning. Temples, palaces and museum were awaiting our explorations. So many interesting things to look at. Time has flown by and now it is time to return home. Thank you for following along on our very successful adventure. See you next […]

Spring 2018 Island Peak – Kathmandu Khlimax!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! We escaped Lukla early this morning and headed for the big city of Kathmandu. Rug shopping and pedicures occupied our afternoon. Then we celebrated our success with some fine food and libations. Our trip has been one of fun and wonder and we are happy to have shared it […]

Spring 2018 Island Peak – Khumbu Khlimbers In Lukla

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! Up early and out on the trail in fine weather. We dropped from Namche to the Dhud Kosi river and crossed the famous hanging bridge. The lower we trekked the warmer it became and soon we were in Spring, with crops coming up and fruit trees blooming. A long […]

Spring 2018 Island Peak – Khlimbers get Khlean!

Namaste friends , family and loved ones! Fresh snow covered the trail when we stepped out this morning. All of the Khumbu valley looked like a winter wonderland as we got our last good view of Everest and Lhotse. We dropped a few thousand feet on our descent to Namche Bazar. The air is noticeably […]

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