Stephen Koch and Jimmy Chin will
attempt to snowboard Everest this Autumn. They plan to
climb Everest via the Hornbein route and then
descend via the Hornbein. They will travel from
Kathmandu to Lhasa then to Everest base camp on the
North (Chinese). Eric Henderson is the base camp
Yak Trains and ABC
We arrived into our Advanced Base
Camp (ABC) on the 27th. We are blessed with a high
pressure that persists with only an occasional afternoon
shower. The trip from base to ABC took seven hours,
instead of the normal four, due to an exciting river
crossing and the fact that the yak drivers work on Tibet
time, which is even more lax than Jackson time.
Yesterday, the morning was spent building our toilet. The throne has an
amazing view of Chomolungmas north face. Lakpa and Kami think it is over
engineered for a latrine, but we were having fun building it and got fairly
ambitious with the design. The afternoon was spent building the kitchen and
best of all, buffing out our Marmot Lair Dome tent which will act as dining
room, communications HQ, library, movie theater, yoga studio and temple all
rolled into one.
are waiting for the remainder of our gear to arrive later today via yak train.
Our plan is to continue to acclimate and in a couple of days climb and descend
on skis and snowboard Xi Lingehain, 6396 meters. This peak is located off of
the Xi Rongpu Glacier which is located west-southwest from our ABC and across
the Rongbuk (a.k.a. Rongpu) Glacier. The peak looks skier friendly with a
northwest facing glacier leading up to the summit at an average angle of 40
dawned cloudy with a light snow falling but has cleared up nicely. The
slack-line is going up now, so I have to run to help with the building.
Caption: Stephen hanging out in the den.
Stephen Koch' Autumn Everest 2003 expedition