An early morning on Lobuche with JBD.
Looking through photos and planning new adventures…
An early morning on Lobuche with JBD.
We will spend two days here in Namche, climbing high and sleeping low, allowing our bodies to get the most out of the acclimatization process. Today we hiked 2000ft above Namche where we had a spectacular view of Everest. Needless to say I was pretty fired up; a flurry of high fives later I sat down and the reality of the length of this journey settled-in.
I’m feeling very strong, healthy, and focused. My appetite has been absolutely ferocious and I’m doing my best to get as many calories down while we’re still down low. Have you ever had a deep-fried snickers bar for post-breakfast dessert? Neither had I.
Before we start this party let us get the proverbial “Led” out!
Aaaah thats better…
As your reading this I’m somewhere over the middle east in a very bad seat on a very nice plane. Although I can’t say for sure, I imagine I’m pretty fired up at the moment, and may or may not be dipping into my expedition snack food. One thing is for certain, I haven’t slept a wink.
Welcome to my Everest 2013 blog! See you in Kathmandu; it’s go time!
Climb Everest with me from the comforts of your desk! I will be posting text and audio dispatches live from the Big E, “raw and uncut” as they say. I will do my best to keep these PG-13, but beware, altitude has the tendency to impair judgement!
There are few moments in a person’s life that are so profound they create a clear dividing line; life before and life after this instant are as different as night and day. This photo captures that moment in my life.
Our group had been hiking all day through the lush lower-reaches of the Khumbu valley in the Himalayas of Nepal. Our last obstacle was a steep 1200ft ascent before reaching the storybook village of Namche where fresh ginger tea and mo mos awaited. I was listening to "Rhythm" by AWOL One; for some reason it’s what the mood called for. I had just landed an award winning heel-click when Phula, our Nepali guide, called me over with the flick of his head. “Thash Everesh,” he stated pointing through the trees.
For some reason I didn’t rush over right away. I took my time walking towards Phula as though I knew that those steps would be the last in a life I had formally known. Life before Everest.
Prior to this point I had only entertained the idea of climbing Everest while procrastinating with co-worker and friend Toby Storie-Pugh in the comforts of our warm office in Brooklyn, NY. All such conversations resulted in elevated heart rates followed by strings of profanity uttered in-between sets of push-ups. It is easy to talk about doing something when the likelihood of it actually happening is, well, not-ever-going-to-fucking-happen.
When I finally approached Phula and peered through the branches to see the unmistakable silhouette of Everest towering over the Nupste-Lhotse Ridge it all became real. In that very instant I was able to say goodbye to my dramatic fantasy of Everest as a two-headed monster that eats ice-axes and crampons for breakfast. It was just another mountain; a really big and beautiful one. And since that moment life has not been the same.
Air-dyne Sprint (30 sec)
The repetitions increase by one after each air-dyne sprint. For time.
Everest is right around the corner; it’s starting to seem real. I can see myself on the upper reaches of the mountain. And it feels good. Really good, in fact.
Thanks to Jason Antin and The Alpine Training Center for this one!
Warmup: 3 rounds of 20x alternating groiners (think mountain climber mobility), 15x back extensions, 10x burpees, mtn mobiilty.
Training #1* 5 rounds for time of 8x Hang squat cleans @ 1/2 BW, 50x stepups M25#/W15#, 12x WTD situps M35#/W25#.
Training #2 4 rounds of 10x DB front squats, 10x jumping lunges, 15x hanging knee raises - 5x WTD, 10x unWTD.
Training #3 1 round of 6x star jumps, 45 sec wallsit, 60x situps, 20 sec core stability.
Training #4 4 rounds of 4x pushups, 8x pullups on rope, 8x BB push press @ 60% max, 100m run.
Here is a great excerpt from Alan Arnette’s article “Everest Deserves Respect” in Rock and Ice Magazine:
"Over four days in May 2012 around 250 Westerners and 270 Sherpas and Tibetans summited Mount Everest. For many, attaining the highest point on Earth was the culmination of endless training, personal sacrifices and hard work to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling lifelong dream.
Yet it is common within the greater climbing community to bash Everest climbers for using ladders in the Khumbu Icefall, for relaying on bottled oxygen upo higher, for having Sherpas carry their gear, fix their ropes and establish their camps. For many critics on the sidelines, Everest has become a joke. I am disturbed by what I feel is a trend to vilify this great mountain and its climbers, and by the vast amount of misleading information that fuels the fires of controversy.
Fact is, Everest is hard. Damn hard. Strong, experience climbers have dropped dead from the effort or exposure. Pushing above 8,000 meters is like venturing into space. The slightest miscalculation or misstep will kill you. Few climbs in the world are as unforgiving. Everest is a worthy mental and physical challenge and it deserves respect. Anyone who says otherwise has either not climbed it, lacks the courage to reveal their own struggles during the climb, or lacks the objectivity to take honest pride in their achievement….”
See the full article in the October 2012 article of Rock and Ice Magazine.
"Sparrows Dozen" + 30 minute airdyne
"The Rude Awakening"