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  • Greetings to everyone at home - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    remember The way down is much faster than our hike before and making good time we arrive in Deboche by 1pm just in time for a huge lunch and discovery of a new food plate which has become our main standby Chicken chili Nepali cousin of chicken wings and amazing I leave the group to go shopping in Namche a short hike down the trail There I stay at the Khumbu Lodge with Kanak Naidu and Lindsay Scott friends from Base Camp on their way home and EricPoppleton and Eric Hanson who were working on a filming project at Base Camp My shopping done and items for the rest of the group found I return the next day with thunder and rainclouds threatening The 10th is my first real rest day At this point the group has been inactive for 24 hours so lead by Mingmar we set off up the hill for a little hike We end up napping in a side canyon on yak grazing grounds under a very gentle Nepali sun All this while we get an update on the weather from Mingmar and learn that it is snowing in Base Camp and in general is unpleasant Winds are projected by be strong until the 17th at this point Soon we start our way back Hopefully making good time While in Dewoche we also visit the Nunnery which is independent from the much larger monastery up the hill in Tengboche Today we managed to cover the ground between Dewoche and Pheriche in satisfying time and arrive for a late lunch of chicken chili and milk tea Our agenda for the rest of the day is to rest and plan for the longer hike up the valley back to our home at Base Camp Greetings to everyone at

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  • Patiently waiting for our weather window!!!!! - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    AM I had a tough morning My left forefoot got cold and turned white It took me about a half hour to get it right again There wasn t much time for breakfast I was able to stomach just a little porridge My energy wasn t that great My climbing partner Mingmar looked after me and gave me his hot tea and a goo He even offered to carry my sleeping bag up the Lhotse face This made all the difference My energy returned I actually enjoyed the climb up the Lhotse face and quickly caught up to the rest of the group The ice varied from 40 70 degrees There were fixed lines all the way to tent platforms We used our jumar and safety to assist us up the lines The only unsettling part of the climb were the many rocks that kept falling from above and that we had to dodge on the way up Thank God no one was injured We made it up to camp 3 in 7 hours The view from camp 3 24 000 ft was spectacular The yellow band of Everest and the summit of Lhotse looked so close The winds and blowing snow off Everest s summit were impressive Looking back down the cwm you could even see Cho Oyo behind PumoRi Because camp 3 is cut out of a steep slope necessarily there is not a lot of room to move around We all quickly settled into our tents If you need to go out side the safe zone to poo you must be harnessed and clipped into a safety rope Many of us took Imodium or codeine to avoid this situation I was surprised how well I felt at this altitude for many of us a personal highpoint We were promised by Mingmar that we would have a terrible headache and would not sleep I experienced neither Mark and I ate all of our Mashed potatoes spicy summer sausageand Pringles Very tasty We drank a lot and then went to bed We had a great night Cold but little wind In the morning we ate moon pies and Muesli with hot milk We went down a new old rout originally used by the Swiss team 1952 and British team 1953 set up by Willie and Damien Benigass This rout seemed much safer until you looked up and saw a huge serac overhead At least there was not the trouble with rockfall This is Everest We quickly made our way back to camp 2 Mark and I were tempted to head back to EBC with Pasang Sherpa Mingnar persuaded us to rest a day and go down in the morning when the icefall would be more solid and the avalanche risk would be lower This sounded like good advice So we stayed ate and played Gin Rummy The next morning we left camp 2 around 9 AM and were back to EBC in 3 ½ hours Dawa Sherpa met us

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  • Updates from Base Camp - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    our ascent As we climbed up we saw that some bridges and fixed ropes were destroyed due to movements of the ice blocks When we got to the top of Ice Fall it got very shiny and warm In about an hour we reached Camp 1 and had a brief rest We picked up some cached items We continued our climb up in the valley passing through numerous crevasses enjoying the views of the mountains on both sides As we got higher we witnessed two avalanches on the Everest and the Nuptse sides At this altitude breathlessness slows our movements to a great extent But nevertheless we reached Camp 2 at about 2 00P M located at 6500m My Sherpa was very helpful and cooperative all the way through We were very exhausted and crashed ourselves into our tents We left our tents for dinner After dinner everybody went back to their tents Also we met our friend Dick at camp April 25th We stayed at Camp 2 for further acclimatization The day was uneventful We saw many new climbers passing by and Sherpas climbing and fixing the Lhotse face April 26th We had our breakfast got ready to get back to Base Camp My Sherpa and I left the camp at 9 30 A M and headed down We arrived at Camp 1 in one hour After a short break we got to the top of Ice Fall We saw thatthe trails and fixed ropes have been destroyed by large ice blocks from a recent avalanche We managed to find our way down through the ice blocks and got further down With the help of fixed ropes and ladders over crevasses we were able to get down to the EBC While still on the Ice Fall we were greeted

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  • Rest and Recuperation - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    and had hot tea and accessed the internet much as you would do at any coffee shop back home except that it involved an hour long walk over rocks and ridges Back at camp the rest of the team enjoyed the sun and the brief warmth of the day The second group of trekkers arrived today and since their numbers were great we were displaced into another dining tent to join the docs from the Everest ER EER We enjoyed CME lectures on submersion injuries and another discussion of case studies from the EER These lectures were given by Rachel and Hashish the doctors for this climbing season The twenty first brought clear skies and warm temperatures so a climb to the base of a local peak to view Everest seemed to be a good idea Huseyin was the powerhouse today as he cruised up the hill and was interested in going further up beyond the rest of our collective energies Views of Everest from Pumori base camp ridge unfortunately were fleeting and mostly covered in clouds It looked as if Chomolungma had her own weather system today Our return to camp was like returning home which has been made

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  • Camp I and Camp II - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    night but most of us slept fairly well After breakfast we got off at 6AM for our climb to camp 2 21500 ft We roped up together for the fist time The terrain was very different from the previous day It was flat wide open and broken up by very large cravasses As we proceeded the large black mass of Everest came into view We could make out the west ridge and both the north and south summits We also could now see all of Lhotse including the Lhotse face Geneva spur and the south col This was very exciting for now we could almost make out the entire rout It is very picturesque with a lot of mountaineering history staring you in the face I felt very blessed to be standing in the western cwm We could almost immediately see camp 2 in the distance but it seemed to forever to get there The scale of things is immense without any real point of reference We unroped and walked up to camp It sits on the lateral morain at the foot of Everest Our camp 2 cooks Dawa and Karma were already there and made us tea Ra Rasoup tomato soup and hot canned pineapple We all reclined on the hot black rocks enjoying a nice rest in the sun for two hours It took 4 hours to get there and only one hour to get back to camp 1 Mark gobbled down the noodle dinner while the rest had trouble at altitude getting it down It was another windy night We left camp 1 at 7AM I ate snickers and drank Ensure for some energy But what got us back through the icefall mostly was the thought of breakfast back at EBC The icefall had changed again We

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  • special update from Shobita - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    of the WMS camp 2 team members and Mingmar one of their sherpas Early April 16th our summit team set out through the Khumbu icefall to camp 1 where they were scheduled to spend the night I left base camp with Karen and Dennis from the WMS Camp 2 team The day was sunny and beautiful and we hiked down quickly through Gorakshep Lobuche Tukla into Pheriche in about 7 hours I felt great However when I saw pictures of the icefall from Mingmar I could not control a sense of remorse that I had not given it my best We checked into the White Yak inn to spend the night We later visited the HRA clinic and later met up with Wongchu Sherpa Chairman of Peak Promotion who had summitted Mount Everest several times and the next WMS team After describing my experience to Wongchu and the reasons for my sudden decision to descend he convinced me to stay on at Pheriche spend an extra night at 14 000 feet rest and ascend again with the WMS team and re attempt climbing above base camp So here I am in Pheriche on a beautiful rest day with the new

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  • Rest Day at Camp - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    afternoon Bob Joanna and me took a short walk within the camp We miss all our loved ones and send our best regards from this land of magestic mountains of the Himalayas HuseyinEmreTuncel MD First view of Mt Everest together

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  • Khumbu Ice Fall - The WMS Everest Expedition 2012 - The WMS Everest Experience 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    by our Lhopsu the stone structure that was the center of our Puja Ceremony yesterday We followed suit as our Sherpa Mingmar Dorji Sherpa and Mingma Sherpa showed us how to pay respect before our entering the Khumbu Ice fall The path was well marked with flagged bamboo stakes At first it meanders back and forth slowly gaining elevation This pace quickens soon though and we find ourselves crossing gapping crevasses 50 100 meters deep on old aluminum ladders In places you could see the fixed line from years past that exited and entered a glass smooth wall of ice ten to twenty feet down Perhaps this was part of the path from years ago Our goal today was to make it half through the Khumbu Ice Fall and we made it more than 60 before we turned around and returned for hot drink and food at base camp Much deserved rest for the remainder of the day This consisted of naps for some and huddling around our gas fireplace and reading for others Dinner was outstanding Mutton sizzler all around with tomato soup and three plates of vegetable momos that I ended up eating most of and now I

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