The team awoke early this morning and loaded up in one of our Mountain Trip vans for the two hour drive north to Talkeetna, Alaska. Literally at the end of the road, Talkeetna is a sleepy little town, which has served as the gateway to the Alaska Range for decades. The team checked in with…Details
Each season, we work with teams of climbers from different parts of the world, in an effort to help climbers from different cultural backgrounds have a great experience on North America’s tallest mountain. A Norwegian mountain guiding company called Hvitserk contacted us to help organize an expedition for a group of Norwegian climbers. We are…Details
We are thrilled to welcome our first team of climbers of the 2015 Denali season to Alaska! Each spring, as the days grow longer, climbers from around the world feel the siren song of the north country. Many are drawn by the challenge of attempting to climb the highest peak in North America and to…Details
It’s been a super challenging time for the entire country of Nepal, and our team who has been there and witnessed the destruction and suffering of the people have had a life experience they will never forget. There has been a stream of bad news coming from Nepal, but there was a small bright spot…Details
There are many organizations contributing time, money and resources to the relief effort in Nepal. The devastation as a result of the recent earthquake is still beyond calculation and the need for both short and long term assistance is dire. Mountain Trip is supporting the Dzi Foundation, which assists remote villages in eastern Nepal. The…Details
Jacob called in another update from Everest Base Camp, where he has been helping clean up after the earthquake and avalanche of five days ago. He describes the scene at Base Camp and what has been happening in recent days. This transmission is quite clear and we appreciate his details.
Jacob called in twice from Everest Base Camp, but neither call was very clear. I’ll post both, as it is nice to hear from him, regardless of how garbled the transmission. He is planning to stay at EBC for a few more days, helping clean up and organize equipment and supplies. David and Alisha Germer…
The evening (local time) update from Nepal is that all of our staff have been flown off the mountain and are at Base Camp. Three helicopters flew all climbers from Camp 1 back to Base Camp, as the route through the Icefall was rendered impassable due to the numerous aftershocks in the past 36 hours.…
Our Lead Guide Jacob Schmitz called in a detailed post recapping the events of the past two days. His report was cut off by a relatively poor satellite phone connection, but his description is sobering.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone so terribly affected by the earthquake and the following aftershocks.
Jacob called this morning from EBC with some updates. The earthquakes/aftershocks of the 26th pretty much sealed off the icefall route, but this morning there are 3 B3 helicopters shuttling the 80 or so climbers down who are still above the Khumbu Icefall in Camp 1 and Camp 2. Search and cleanup continues at Everest…