Trip Reports

Our April 24th West Buttress Team

Welcome to the dispatch page for Mountain Trip’s April 24th West Buttress Expedition. Conventional wisdom holds that the “Denali climbing season” begins on May 1st.  We’re not certain how Denali reads the calender, but we have been happy to offer late April expeditions for the past six years and have enjoyed the more wild feel…

Our April 17th West Buttress Team

One of the famed Seven Summits, Denali is a challenging mountain, due to its combination of high elevation and arctic environment.  Each year, about 1300 climbers attempt to climb to its summit and roughly half succeed.  The most attempted route on the mountain is the West Buttress, first climbed by Bradford Washburn and company in…

Puja, Night Shots, and Heading Up!

April 19, 2011 7:19 pm Everest BC Before ever setting foot on Everest, or other Himalayan peaks for that matter, it is customary for the Sherpa staff and climbing members to celebrate a “Puja,” an offering to the mountain in exchange for safe travel and good weather for the teams. We celebrated our Puja in…

Camp 1 Pumori

We’re posting from 18,600′ while on an acclimatization hike we’re taking to Camp 1 on neighboring Pumori (7145m) today. It’s a bit cloudy and windy, so we aren’t getting the great views of Everest, but it feels good to get the legs and lungs working. We’ll hang out up here for a half hour or…

Playing on the ice

Base Camp, April 16 -Bill Allen We woke to the usual beautiful blue skies this morning here at base camp. After another delicious breakfast, we went into the ice a few hundred feet from camp to practice some ice climbing and rappelling in anticipation of heading up through the icefall in just a couple of…

Everest Base Camp

April 15, 2011 4:15 pm -Chris Davenport Hello everyone and welcome to another dispatch from Everest Base Camp. We arrived here two days ago to the delight of all the team members. The novelty of the trek and teahouses had pretty much worn off and we were all ready to move into the comforts of…

One step closer to base camp

April 12th- We hiked up to Gorak Shep today, the site of the last lodges before reaching base camp. It isn’t really a village, but more a small collection of six or eight lodges built for trekkers. We are only a couple of hours hike from BC now, so we’re anxious to get there tomorrow.…

April 10th- On The Trail

April 10, 2011 Dingboche, Khumbu Valley. We are now just two days away from Everest base camp and feeling fit and ready to move up. The last two days were spent in Dingboche, a village at 4300 meters at the confluence of the valley the leads up to Island Peak below the South Face of…