NEWSLETTERS - Everest Spring 2010

Newsletter 347 June 2010

Reflections on Everest After dozens of Everest teams had descended on Kathmandu and kept the town buzzing for a few days, it is now relatively quiet as more or less all climbers have gone...

Newsletter 3326 May 2010

Wrapping up This is just a quick update to let you know that everyone, including all the Sherpas, are back down at base camp safe and sound, which is a good thing as the icefall seems to be...

Newsletter 3224 May 2010

Apologies for the late posting of this Newsletter but due to technical difficulties we were unable to get it onto the website on Saturday, 22nd May, when 12 members, 17 Sherpas and four guides...

Newsletter 3120 May 2010

Himex crew on their push for the summit Sorry for the late update on where the members of the Himex team are, but bad communication and the fact that I am back in Kathmandu has made updating...

Newsletter 3017 May 2010

One of the highest First Aid courses in the world With most other teams reporting about the summit pushes that are currently happening despite the short weather window, the alleged race...

Newsletter 2914 May 2010

Another day at base camp While I was walking down the hill to reach Lukla in two days, life at base camp has carried on as usual.I spoke to Russell last night and he told me that the guides...

Newsletter 2813 May 2010

Leaving the Land of the Sherpas The Himex expedition is now well into its fifth week in the Khumbu region, which is the home of the Sherpas, the mountain people who look after us so well in...

Newsletter 2712 May 2010

New helipad and other recreational activities Base camp has been reasonably quiet with most teams having moved down the valley to recover from the strains at high altitude and enjoy some...

Newsletter 2611 May 2010

Base Camp Salmon Even though I tried to stay away from writing about food and what our team was served for dinner at base camp, I simply cannot deprive our readers from the amazing feast we...

Newsletter 258 May 2010

Back to Base Thursday was a big day for everyone here at base camp with our three Sherpas and Adrian returning from Camp 2 after having reached the summit of Mount Everest the previous day....

Newsletter 246 May 2010

First Summits of the Season On Wednesday the 5th May at about 11am, Russell received a radio call from the summit of Mount Everest. The caller was Himex Sirdar, Phurba Tashi, announcing that...

Newsletter 224 May 2010

Power Struggle With the weather having improved and the Everest region being once again filled with bright sunshine, most members of the Himex climbing team have now arrived at Camp 3, which...

Newsletter 234 May 2010

Paving the way to the summit After having spent one night at the dizzying heights of Camp 3, our high altitude team should now be well acclimatised and physically ready to go for the summit....

Newsletter 214 May 2010

Fresh snow and medical matters On Sunday, we woke up to a thick coating of snow covering the entire Himex base camp, and our first move was to clear the snow from the sagging tents this...

Newsletter 2030 April 2010

The Holiday is Over Like every day, Nima and Mingma knocked on everyone’s tent to hand the members their cups of bed tea and hot towels on Thursday morning. It seemed like business as...

Newsletter 18 Jo Drnek Interview28 April 2010

Interview with Jo Drnek Those, who know Jo Drnek, might have wondered why his profile had not been put up on the website so far. For some bizarre reason, Jo and I did not meet in Kathmandu...

Newsletter 1928 April 2010

Where does all the rubbish go? Monday night saw the first of the famous Himex parties of the season, which was staged in the ‘White Pod’ where clients and crew members had the...

Newsletter 1827 April 2010

Concerted Rescue Efforts Show Success on Lobuje East Sunday was a full-on day for the Himex team with the day starting off with a serac collapse in the Khumbu Icefall, which fortunately did...

Newsletter 1726 April 2010

Ready to go up the big hill As I am sitting here in the warmth and coziness of the ‘White Pod’ some of the expedition members are slowly trickling in after having summited Lobuje...

Newsletter 1622 April 2010

Fixed ropes, fixed rules, fixed price – and great teamwork The Himex base camp is very quiet with most of the climbers currently climbing Lobuje East or getting ready to do so. While I...

Newsletter 1518 April 2010

Russell Brice Russell is the owner of Himex and has been leading expeditions to the Himalaya for more than 16 years. The 57-year-old was born in New Zealand and now lives now in Chamonix with...

Newsletter 1417 April 2010

Monica Piris Chavarri Monica Piris is our expedition doctor and this is her third time working on Everest for Himex. Unfortunately I did not get the chance to do an interview with Monica as I...

Newsletter 1316 April 2010

Trips to Lobuje East and through the Khumbu Icefall The Himex Base Camp has been very active over the past few days and I have barely had the chance to catch up with all the goings-on in our...

Newsletter 1215 April 2010

The Himex team of guides After having introduced you to most of the members of this year’s team, I would also like you to meet the guides, who will do their utmost that this expedition...

Newsletter 1114 April 2010

Honghai Li Honghai Li is a documentary maker from Shenzhen in China. The 33-year-old climbed Manaslu with Himex in autumn 2009. He is married and has a three-year-old one son. How did...

Newsletter 1013 April 2010

Himex expedition kicks off officially The expedition has finally begun with the Sherpas, guides, clients and more or less everyone at the Himex base camp getting together for the traditional...

Newsletter 912 April 2010

Daily routine at base camp After a relaxed trek to base camp, the team has now made this barren but also striking place their home. The members and guides have moved into their tents, which...

Newsletter 811 April 2010

First Sherpas arrive at Camp 2 I have just received a phone call from Himex guide, Adrian Ballinger. He was very excited to have finally arrived at base camp and said that everyone was well...

Newsletter 710 April 2010

Living in the Land of the Sherpas – but who exactly are they? The world ‘Sherpa’ often creates some sort of confusion and trekkers are often not aware of the fact that the...

Newsletter 69 April 2010

Finally there The team has finally reached ‘home’ where they received a warm welcome from the Himex’s climbing Sherpas and the kitchen staff. Russell’s crew has worked...

Newsletter 58 April 2010

Almost home The team has now arrived at the camp near Lobuje village, which is the penultimate stop before they reach Everest Base Camp, the place they will call home for the next seven or...

Newsletter 47 April 2010

Taking in the views at Dingboche After having spent a day in Tengboche and its famous monastery (it was built in 1916 and actually destroyed twice – once in the big earthquake in 1934...

Newsletter 33 April 2010

Rest Day in Kumjung Kumjung lies at an altitude of 3,780m and is the perfect place for the Himex team to spend a couple of days acclimatising to the higher altitude. It is not as busy as...

Newsletter 22 April 2010

Inching closer towards the goal After having spent a few days in the colourful madness of Kathmandu, most of Himex’s clients (climbers and trekkers), the guides and the expedition...

Newsletter 129 March 2010

Himex Everest Expedition 2010 is kicking off After having put 59 people, including Sherpas, guides and clients on the summit of Mount Everest via the South Col Route in 2009, Himex is back on...