Posts Tagged 'Mark Tucker'

RMI Team is almost there!

May 24, 2010 – 4:05 p.m. PST / 5:20 a.m. UTC
26,000 ft.

Mark Tucker at Basecamp:

Just received a radio call from Seth reporting he is approximately 10 minutes below South Summit. Dave and crew are just a bit behind. Little wind, some high clouds in and out, but overall great conditions.

At the Balcony

May 24, 2010 – 2:15 p.m. PST / 2:56 a.m. UTC
26,000 ft.

Mark Tucker at Basecamp:

All teams are at the Balcony changing oxygen bottles. The weather report remains calm winds and clear skies. The next check-in should be in approximately 2 – 3 hours, the South Summit, where I should be able to speak with the team directly.

Going For It!

May 24, 2010 – 9:30 a.m. PST / 10:15 p.m. UTC
26,000 ft.

We have not been purposely holding out till the bitter end, I promise. You all deserve the final summit push. So lets bring it to you today and tonight. We sure hope that the old adage,” good things come to those who wait”, comes true.

Tough call last night holding back the summit push, always a tricky situation, but it’s looking very promising tonight. Snowed pretty much all day, but now……… not a cloud in the sky, and what a moon! Dave reports a little windy at the Col right now.

I can’t guarantee the team will summit, but there is a group of men at the South Col tonight that have done just about all that is possible to have a shot at the top.
I can guarantee…. this RMI group will give Mount Everest the respect she deserves, and will not push harder than seems reasonable.
It’s all relative when you subject yourself to some of the most extreme conditions on Earth.

With the support we have from our incredible Sherpa staff, and the wealth of experience our guides bring to this expedition.

No worries mate.

I may even get a few winks in between the dispatches I plan to send throughout the night.

Cheers,
Mark Tucker

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Up the Lower Khumbu

Mark Tucker writing from Basecamp for RMI…

April 12, 2010
17,575 ft.

Namaste,

Mark Tucker sending you this update from Basecamp.

Our Sherpa team had great weather for their trip to Camp Two with a big hunk of supplies for the teams nest at that 21,500 ft camp. They started out at 4:00 am this morning and retuned to basecamp for lunch, these guys are tough.

The climbing team had a great day with a number of them getting their first taste of the Icefalls terrain and ladders. They went up the lower part, out of objective danger and perfected the techniques required for what will be there job for the up coming weeks. Another group went to the top of Kala Pattar, a near by trekking peak, at over 18,000 ft summiting without supplemental oxygen.

I spent a bunch of calories with about 60 people from many of the teams working on making a helicopter pad out of a glacier. Chopping ice, throwing rocks and moving boulders at 17,500 ft is a great test to see just how acclimatized you are.

Tomorrow Jeff Martin will head down valley starting his journey home to Ashford, WA. Jeff, more than anyone, has made this expedition become what it is, a top notch program, and a team to be proud of. This being my eleventh Everest Expedition I can say with great insight that the effort he has put in the planning and execution of this enterprise is superb. I forced him out onto the lower glacier for a few holes of wiffel golf this evening, it being our Masters Tournament, he opened a can of you know what on me, next time maybe I will whip him. The team wishes him safe travels and a big THANK YOU!

Cheers!

Rest Day in Deboche

The latest RMI dispatch from Mark Tucker…

April 2, 2010
12,533 ft.

Namaste,

Good Friday to one and all.

A beautiful sunny rest day here in Deboche with just a bit of wind. The team has been doing some short hikes to near by ridges and the Tengboche Monastery. Views of Everest show its not the day to be on top with winds creating a plume off the summit that streches for miles.

Tomorrow we move up from 12,300′ to Pheriche at just over 14,000′. Which in this part of the world means good by to trees. By the time we get to basecamp not even a bush will be present. I look forward to eight weeks from now when we return to this beautiful forest, but can’t wait to get to the base of the Khumbu Icefall and spend time on the glacier.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Mark Tucker


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About Wendy Booker

In June of 1998, this 55 year old mother of three was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. When first diagnosed, Wendy was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed nine marathons.

Mountain climbing became the next conquest. Wendy learned about a team of mountain climbers with Multiple Sclerosis who were attempting to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. With no previous climbing experience, she dedicated a year to hard training and set off with them in 2002. Although weather conditions prohibited the team from completing, Wendy attempted the summit again in 2004 on her own and she succeeded!

The feeling of accomplishment she experienced propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy Booker has successfully reached the top of six of The Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciuszko. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, still awaits for 2010.