Welcome to my Mount Everest 2012 blog. After Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, McKinley/Denali, Aconcagua, Everest and Vinson this will be my seventh expedition. It will bring me again from Kathmandu overland to the Chinese Base Camp in Tibet. We will cross the border into Tibet near Zhangmu and drive on to Tingri. Along the way we will do some acclimatization hikes and take some rest days. From Base Camp at 5,200m/17,000ft the expedition will start up the East Rongbuk glacier to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 6,400m/21,000ft. From there the real climb will start.
Please follow this blog if you are interested to learn more about the expedition in general and the progress made on an ongoing basis. I will try to provide you with updates as much as the conditions will permit. However, since we will be a small group of two climbers led by two Sherpas, Ang Pasang Sherpa and Pasang Karma Sherpa, we will not have a huge communication infrastructure which you may find in many large expeditions. Nevertheless, I will try to share with you as often as possible along the way my feelings and impressions as well as many pictures. This is my second trip to Everest, and it will again be a long and exciting journey into Tibet and back to Nepal. I am looking forward to meet again Chomolungma, “Mother Goodess of the Universe”, how Mount Everest is called in Tibet. As on all my long trips, it is the journey, not the destination, that counts! Enjoy the blog!!!
Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down healthy is mandatory.