Saturday, April 3, 2010

First views of Everest!

Today was meant to be a "rest" day. We are camped at 11,200' above sea level and this is the point in elevation where some people begin to feel headaches and nausea. We are a fortunate team as none of our members are suffering from any apparent altitude related issues. For those who know me the act of taking a "rest" day is hard for me to do. Therefore, Margaret, Raphael, Mike and I decided to go on a little acclimatization sortie to 12,800'. We ended up at the Everest View Hotel (loose term) and the views of the mighty Himalaya were amazing. We were treated with our first view of Mount Everest. In the pictures above, Everest is the "smaller" peak in the distance with its trademark cloud plume blowing off to the right. You see, Mount Everest is so high in altitude that it pierces the jet stream. That is why the clouds and moisture are blowing off the top and not off of other mountains you see. Each year around mid-May, as the monsoon season is approaching, the jet stream moves north of Mount Everest and the winds die down. This will allow for safe passage to the summit and back.
Well, tomorrow is Easter and our plan is to move to the tiny village of Deboche. This will be a beautiful trek and will provide a few challenges. Mainly the constant up and down of the trail making for a tiring day. Oh well, it doesn't get any better than this. This may be the last post for a few days. I am not sure yet. Thanks for following along and for all of your prayers. Happy Easter everyone and remember "He is Risen - He is Risen Indeed!


Josie said...

Ben, Thanks for sharing your Journey with us. This is so AMAZING! You know I have a sense of adventure but this is the ULTIMATE! Since this is something I may never do . I look forward to your bloggs each day. WOW ! That first sight of Everest must having been breath taking.
Happy Easter !
May God guide you every step of the way.


Diana said...

What a wonderful site - of you and the mountain. Happy Easter from Diana & Alexander. We love you tons!

Mom said...

Beautiful background pictures. We're praising God for continued safety. Just think, one of these days, we'll rise much, much higher than Everest - and no oxygen needed! Hallelujah! He is risen indeed!

Love and prayers, Mom and Dad

Gavin Attwood said...

Strong work Ben.

Sister said...

Lookin' good, brother! I'm glad you get to post info and pics. As I write this, it is Resurrection morning there. I hope God's glory shines an illuminating glow over Everest for you.
Your nephew wants me to let you know that when you sleep at night, DO NOT dream of being a car muffler, cuz you might wake up EXHAUSTED!! :)
Okay! Bye,now!

Doug said...

Right Ben..! God bless and happy Easter to you to, keep at it..!

C Ricucci said...

Breathtaking, almost beyond words... how wonderful to be in that place especially on this day when we celebrate the miracle of miracles, that the Savior is risen! Thanks for sharing this rich experience with us!

Much love,
Aunt C.

Louie and Ruth said...

He is risen indeed! Alexander had great fun today decorating Easter eggs--hunt tomorrow. Thanks for the blogs and breath taking photos.

Love and continued prayers,
Louie and Ruth

Buddy Lee said...

Amen brother you rock. Little Nate and I will be at 12,331' in the morning. We will give you a horizontal wave to the west. Nate liked the monkey report. We wish you the best. Safe travels.

Buddy Lee