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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 even more spectacular views. Inline imageAll are well and heading to Everest base camp tomorrow.

All our best,Vern and the Cheese Balls!

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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 in the photo below. Amy is going to climb it in a couple days. Above us lies the upper Khumbu valley with some amazing peaks. Right outside our tea house window this monster mountain rises up (second photo). Nuptse is almost 8000 meters (2600 feet). That’s a mile higher than Denali. Wow!

We are approaching our trip destination in the next few days and the increasing excitement level is palpable. So wish us luck, we will need to have good weather to climb to our high point, Kala Pattar. It not only has one of the best views of Everest, it is also possible to see Everest base camp from the top. Please stay tuned.

All our best, Vern and the Cheese


 

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – The Cheese Balls Acclimatize!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Rather than waste a day laying around resting, we climbed the mountain behind Pheriche. It is a great way to build our acclimatization. The weather was great and views stupendous. Some of the highest mountains  in the world were in sight. Cho-oyu, 6th highest is on the right horizon in the photo below. Awesome lenticular clouds envelope the fourth highest, Lhotse! Other severe mountains pictured are Twaboche and Cholatse.

Great enthusiasm is displayed by the team! All feeling well. Especially after we visited the high altitude clinic named Himalayan Rescue Association. They put on a very informative seminar and asked for study volunteers. A couple of us donated our bodies to science. Look forward to results.

All our best, Vern and the Cheese Balls

 

Fall 2018 EBC Trek – Team Cheese Ball Enters Pheriche!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Under cold skies we were rolling before the sun hit us. All were amazed by the view.  We headed up the Duhd Kosi valley and encountered several indigenous animals. Yak traffic was thick. Things thinned out off road! We even spotted two well camouflaged young Himalayan Tar, of the goat  family. 🐐 This all took place under the majestic Ama Dablam, the iconic mountain of the Khumbu.

Temperatures are dropping below freezing at night and the air is getting thinner. The team is embracing the challenge yet looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.

All our best, The Cheese Balls


 

We got engaged on Kala Patthar and to have our team there with us during that experience is one that I will never forget!

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