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Island Peak 2019 – The Climbing Yetis Celebrate!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Ah the wonders of technology! Due to the mountainous nature of Nepal the propeller has a distinct advantage over the wheel. The Khumbu valley may never see a road but that doesn’t mean people can’t get around. The whirlybird is gaining in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Pangboche to Kathmandu in an hour rather than 3 days put us back on track for our climbers to catch their flights.

Shopping and touring Thamel were in order soon after we finished our lovely hot showers. Sumptuous meals and good drink bring our adventure to a happy ending. Thank you for following along.

All my best, Vern Tejas

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Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Descend!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones!

We packed our bags and grabbed the down bound train to Pangboche. The beautiful valley revealed itself in all its glory. It was a great way to say goodbye to the Khumbu!

We are in high spirits as we contemplate running water, flush toilets, and hot showers.

Tomorrow the world!

All my best, Vern Tejas

 

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Climb!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Up at 3:00am and on the trail at 4:00, we made our way up broken shale white granite. Crampons and ice axe were mandatory above 19,000 feet.

We wove in and out of gaping crevasses and onto the glacier just below the summit headwall. Another 400 feet of steep (60 *) snow and ice put us on top of Imja Tse (Island Peak). At 20,240 feet it’s just shy of Denali in height.

We carefully picked our way back down and beat feet all the way back to Chukung where we ate and drank to our ravenous delight. Tired and exhausted we trundled off to bed. We are sleeping in tomorrow.

All my best, Vern Tejas

 

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Summit!

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Prepare for Summit

Very enjoyable. The trip exceeded my expectations – and I had high expectations. [The guides] were both very knowledgeable and very passionate about the people, culture and area.

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