Kari Kobler's Mount Everest 2002 Expedition

Kari Kobler

Mount Everest: Many paths lead to the summit of Mount Everest

last minute details on location. The situation in Kathmandu has calmed down

Safe Arrival in Kathmandu: Sightseeing in the metropolis and cultural discoveries

Above the Clouds to Lhasa: Unforgettable Trip along the Himalayan Chain towards Lhasa with a first look at our high goal Sight Seeing in Lhasa

Preparations in base camp with a first and a second group to ABC ...

A sunny and adventurous trip to base camp via the Rongbuk monastery: Xegar, next to Lhasa the largest city in Tibet, first achieved fame and glory in the 16th century as the residence of the second highest ranking religious leader, the Panchen Lama, and the monastery Tashilüpno is still regarded as one of the most beautiful places of worship in Tibet. Once 3500 monks, today 800 devote themselves to their religion there. The compounds complexity, the beauty of the buildings, and the diversity of the architecture appeals even to us mountain freaks... Click here for the full dispatch.

Wind gusts continually rush across Camp 1, they thunderously roll in from far above, swoosh over our 2 person tents, hammer them with incredible force, our breathing stops. Our tents stand up bravely to the pressure, unlike the four person tents of another expedition, which is flattened, as well as our shower and toilet tents as we shall find out later. We pull out sleeping bags over our noses as a cover, as the immense power of the gusts presses finest snow through the tent walls - a drizzle of snow crystals hits our faces - brrr. The incredible noise outside finds no end, continues through the night, and together with the icy cold deprives us of all sleep... Click here for the full dispatch.

May 10th: Despite strong winds, strong performance by the sherpas to fix ropes to Camp 3 at 8300m: The first members of the expedition meet the requirements of attempting the summit by reaching the intermediate camp at 7500m including a stay over night... Click here for the full dispatch.

May 13th: We are at the top with a party of familiar faces on the mountain. Because our sherpas set the ropes up to 8300m 4 days ago, the sherpas from all the other expeditions are trying to rush all of the other expeditions up the mountain in order to get a good tent spot on the steep shelf of camp 3. Innumerable nations camp with anticipation at ABC, who are either still working toward the mountain or are trying to move materials and participants toward the summit... Click here for the full dispatch.

Kari Kobler's Mount Everest North Side Summits, with Summit story on the 17th from the North Side... 

Debriefing of the expedition

Relaxed at Base Camp

The Sherpas are an important part of the expeditions. Their roots are East Tibet, from where they emigrated to the Solu-Khumbu area on the Nepalese side of the Everest Massif in the 16th century, and they're ethnically closely related to the Tibetans. On their search for work some Sherpa men went seasonally to Darjeeling as early as the 19th century and they were hired as "kulis" in road construction and mountain expeditions (first one in 1907)...  Click here for the full dispatch.

Technology - a sensitive achievement.

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