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
On Saturday we awoke to
15cm of fresh wet and heavy monsoon snow. Ginger milk
chai in hand, the five of us layered up to face a
monsoon snow storm. It was a holy holiday in Nepal,
which made it a perfect time to hang our prayer flags
and perform a puja to the mother goddess, Everest. We
hung the flags in the four cardinal directions, and
offered food, drink, and smoke to the Goddess. The snow
was falling in large flakes, yet the ceremony was filled
with warmth and good vibes. Lakpa lead the blessings,
while the rest of us were caught in our own thoughts of
this sacred place.
After a few hours of weathering
the storm we found shelter back in our cozy lair and
spent the rest of the morning reading and passing the
time indoors. After a warm lunch the weather broke and
the three of us headed out for a hike to 20,000ft. The
views were amazing and our bodies told us we were
finally acclimating to life at 18,500ft.
following day, Stephen lead a charge to the glacier for a morning of ice
climbing on the giant ice tours. We found great climbing and bouldering. The
dry glacier below ABC, has miles of amazing blue ice tours that form an
endless labyrinth to explore and climb in.
a great day on the Glacier Stephen, Jimmy, and Kami sat down to another
episode of the Everest Iron Chef. Over the past few weeks Lakpa and I have
been dueling in the kitchen. We have a one day on one day off rotation. In a
friendly game of one upmanship, we tried to out do each other everyday by
showing off every camp culinary trick we know. &. pizza, cinnamon rolls,
biscuits and gravy, tuna casserole, French toast, Thai curries and Stephens
favorite, 18 bean stew. Stephen and Jimmy are enjoying the dueling chefs.
weather will dictate our plans for the week.
Stephen Koch' Autumn Everest 2003 expedition