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With two weeks of trekking behind us, all arriving in Kathmandu as complete strangers, we approach Everest base camp as a unified group of close friends.   With clear blue skies above and breath taking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lotse and the ice falls closely approaching, we all began to fill with excitement.  The trail meandered to the Everest Base Camp rock that lies at an altitude of 17,600 feet.  After taking pictures with everyone’s respective country flags, group pictures and uncountable scenery shots, we were soon informed that another 1 hour trek remained to arrive at the HRA ER camp site.  It was amazing to see how all the pictures previously seen and stories heard about Everest Base Camp did not remotely do justice to what we were walking into.  Wide eyed and mouths open, we walk into the HRA camp site just below the ice falls with strategic access to sick climbers.  We were warmly welcomed by the previous members of our group that had set out days earlier to start the daunting task of setting up the world’s highest altitude ER hospital.  The history and legends of what had transpired in this very spot was tangible to us all as David Breashears welcomed us all into camp.  His camp neighbored ours, and he spent hours teaching the group about his upcoming movie release based on the 1996 events that occurred in attempts of summiting Everest by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer that had been subject to a series of mishaps leading to several deaths on the mountain.  He took the group over to the ice falls and mapped out the newest approach he is taking to summit this upcoming season.  We were lucky enough to spend time with David Hahn, speak with him at length about his upcoming summit as well.
April 6 2015 - Everest Base Camp through Pheriche

With two weeks of trekking behind us, all arriving in Kathmandu as complete strangers, we approach Everest base camp as a unified group of close friends.   With clear blue skies above and breath taking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lotse and the ice falls closely approaching, we all began to fill with excitement.  The trail meandered to the Everest Base Camp rock that lies at an altitude of 17,600 feet.  After taking pictures with everyone’s respective country flags, group pictures and uncountable scenery shots, we were soon informed that another 1 hour trek remained to arrive at the HRA ER camp site.  It was amazing to see how all the pictures previously seen and stories heard about Everest Base Camp did not remotely do justice to what we were walking into.  Wide eyed and mouths open, we walk into the HRA camp site just below the ice falls with strategic access to sick climbers.  We were warmly welcomed by the previous members of our group that had set out days earlier to start the daunting task of setting up the world’s highest altitude ER hospital.  The history and legends of what had transpired in this very spot was tangible to us all as David Breashears welcomed us all into camp.  His camp neighbored ours, and he spent hours teaching the group about his upcoming movie release based on the 1996 events that occurred in attempts of summiting Everest by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer that had been subject to a series of mishaps leading to several deaths on the mountain.  He took the group over to the ice falls and mapped out the newest approach he is taking to summit this upcoming season.  We were lucky enough to spend time with David Hahn, speak with him at length about his upcoming summit as well. 

During the course of our several day stay at base camp, we set up the HRA ER hospital tent, which would quickly become active before even unpacking the medicines or setting up the patient beds.  The local Sherpa’s as well as climbers arrived seeking medical attention.  It was quickly apparent how intricate of a role the Sherpa’s play in the success of the Himalayan Rescue Association and setting up the hospital ER tent.  From clearing the rocks and ice from the site to setting up the personal tents, kitchen and dining tents and even waking us up with daily hot tea and cooking us delicious 5 course meals 3 times a day.   They were selfless and dedicated to making sure that our trip was successful.  With a few cold nights, some light snow falls, several avalanches in the distant ice falls, we were packing up our things.  We said our goodbyes, donated our gear to the sherpas and extra medicines to the clinic and headed down to Pheriche for the night. 

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