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Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling from Kathmandu, the Hotel Tibet. Nicky and Greg Messner made it out of the Khumbu today, they flew from Lukla to Kathmand this morning, so our whole team is out. And we wrapped things up, myself and Justin Merle went to the Ministry of Tourism for our debriefing . .  paperwork on our permits, and then the coup de grace was late this afternoon myself and Mark Tucker met with Elizabeth Hawley, the record keeper of Himalayan climbing, big mountain climbing, and we had a nice visit with Elizabeth sitting down for an hour or hour and a half  to get together all the details of our climb and transmit to her all our facts and times and numbers and everything for her. That being done, looking forward dinner tonight at the Rum Doodle, Nicky is going to sign her name on the board there, we hope, and we'll call it good there on this expedition. I'll write in my letter to GreatOutdoors while I'm on my airplane flight in the next few days in order to bring you up to speed on  how the end of the trip came around, and the climb, there was a lot that happened in a short  time and I'll try to sort that out and make clear what I felt our accomplishments and the risks we were taking were there at the end. But all for now, I'll let you know if anything else goes on here before flight time. By now.


Back in Kathmandu

By Dave Hahn - May 31st, 2008 8:04 am GMT -0700

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GreatOutdoors this is Dave Hahn, this morning at 4 a.m., myself and Mark Tucker and Ang Jangbu Sherpa got up in Phakding, little village down by the river, and boy, one night at that low altitude with the humidity of the river flowing by,  pretty much all the damage that was done to my throat and upper respiratory system by the oxygen bottles that we use, that really super dry oxygen breathing for three or four days, all that damage was erased and woke up without any cough or anything like that, and that was pretty nice. We started walking at 4:30, in the dark still, headed for Lukla. And at Lukla wasn't sure the airplanes would be flying, kind of cloudy, but sure enough, when we got there things did start happening. It was interesting to catch up with climbers who were there from Mount Everest. In fact, saw Peter Hillary there, he had been in Thyangboche the day before for a commemoration Sir Edmund Hillary, got to talk for him for a few minutes. And then we actually got our flight, flew to Kathmandu. So I have been feeling fairly slow all day just by virtue of not being up to speed with city ways and modern life, but trying to catch up. Got a nice straight blade shave this morning so I'm starting to look a loittle more civilized as well as feeling a little more civilized. Just enjoying the comforts here. Nicky and Greg Messner, my is hope that I'll see them tomorrow morning, they will fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu and we'll be reunited. But for the moment, boy, I'm happy myself to be back in Kathmandu, back at the Hotel Tibet, enjoying the comforts of life. Bye for now.


All the Way Down to Phakding, Lukla Tomorrow

By Dave Hahn - May 30th, 2008 8:53 am GMT -0700

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GreatOutdoors, this is Dave Hahn and I'm calling you from Phakding, which is down below Namche, about halfway between Namche and Lukla, where we hope to fly out. We're spending the night here in Phakding, down by the river, pretty comfortable way down here, much warmer, and we're going to get up quite early tomorrow morning and finish the two hour walk to Lukla and hope for our flight to Kahtmandu and our exit from the mountains. Today was a pretty good day, we walked all the way from Pangboche, at about 13,000 feet, and I'm always talking about how our Sherpa team is the best in the business, and I think that is true, but it was kind of a treat, we spent the night there at Ang Pemba's lodge at Pangboche with the AAI Alpine Ascents Sherpa team, lead by Lakpa Rita, pretty much were walking from base camp with those guys, all our Sherpas were already home in Thyangboche and Phortse by then, but it was great to walk with the guys from Thame, the AAI team, they are a real team of pros. We left them just before Namche, passed through Namche, had lunch there, and dropped down the big Namche hill, down here to where it's pretty warm and humid below, even had some rain showers this afternoon, which didn't feel bad at all. Anyway I'll let you know if we do get back to Kathmandu tomorrow. My hope is that Nicky and Greg Messner are in Namche tonight, myself and Ang Jangbu and Mark Tucker are just a little bit a head of them. Bye for now.


Everest Season Ends: Dave Calls from Pangboche on the Trek Out

By Dave Hahn - May 29th, 2008 8:44 am GMT -0700

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Hey this is Dave Hahn, and I'm calling from Pangboche, one of the villages we came through on  the way in about 2 months ago. At 13,000 feet it's roughly 16,000 feet less than we were two days ago. We're dropping fast. We left Base Camp this morning, base camp was coming down around us, Everest season is over, and mass exodus, everybody is heading down valley. I walked with Jangbu and Mark Tucker down valley today, and   Nicky and Greg Messner walked together to Pheriche, the village just before Pangboche. Should take us about three days to get out of the Khumbu Valley and get back to Kathmandu. But life is already way, way, way more comfortable and easier. Sure was nice getting a full night's sleep at base camp last night very nice after  days up on the mountain. So everything is getting easier, going in the right direction . .  . We'll keep you informed on how the walk goes. Bye for now.


Last Night at Base Camp

By Mark Tucker - May 28th, 2008 8:11 am GMT -0700

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Mark Tucker here at what should be my last night at Base Camp. Nicky and Dave made it down for brunch today and after breakfast tomorrow they too will start toward Kathmandu. Minutes ago, our last two loads of equipment arrived off the upper mountain.  . . . and Pertemba started at Camp II today and went up to the South Col and returned to base camp  They reported it quite windy up top today, a lucky weather window yesterday. Man those guys are tough. You can imagine about 50 days ago already thinking about this moment. It feels so good to have my team below the Icefall. Yee haw, big scream there. Well, it's been quite a season, we had an Olympic effort by one and all. I'd like to thank our local Kathmandu outfitter, Betty Uhl Adventures, and the incredible local staff that they supplied, without them obviously, tough program there. International Mountain Guides and Eric Simonson, the Mount Everest director, especially GreatOutdoors, and my whole climbing team for the great job they all did, and it's always a pleasure to spend time up in the mountains with Big Wave Dave. Great big thanks to Peter Potterfield for putting together the pieces of this puzzle, thanks so much there, Peter. As Mr. Hahn quoted on the summit of Mount Everest May 27 at 7:27, let's wrap it up.


Starting the Last Trip Through the Icefall

By Dave Hahn - May 27th, 2008 8:04 pm GMT -0700

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GreatOutdoors, this is Dave Hahn, and I'm still at Advance Base Camp. We hit the summit yesterday morning, we came down here to ABC, 21,300, now it's early morning, before six in the morning at least and we're going to head down through the Icefall one more time and head to base camp and get to where life gets a little more comfortable. What I didn't really realize was going on at the same time, our Sherpa team has been  pulling our whole expedition down the mountain. In fact, by today, they will have pulled everything down and the last Sherpas of our team will come out  through the Icefall with big heavy loads, so the expedition will be done. We didn't realize we were cutting it quite that close to the end, but yeah, we were causing the end. But looking forward to getting down,  looking forward to one more safe passage through the Icefall,  and getting a little more comfortable in Base Camp. Bye now.


Dave Hahn Back at Advance Base After His Tenth Everest Summit

By Dave Hahn - May 27th, 2008 7:38 am GMT -0700

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Editor's Note: GreatOutdoors.com Everest correspondent Dave Hahn became the only non-Sherpa climber to reach double digits in terms of the number of times to the top of Everest. His climb yesterday with Nicky Messner and Samduk Dorje was his tenth trip to the top of the highest mountain on earth, more than any other Westerner.

Hey, this is Dave Hahn and I'm back down at Advance Base Camp. Nicky and Samduk, myself, we summitted this morning around 7 or 7:30, 7:30 is probably more like it. And we made it all the way down to Advance Base Camp at 21,300 rather than spending another night at the South Col and that will pay big dividends tomorrow morning to wake up this much lower on the mountain. But it meant a lot of work today to get all the way down here, but certainly the kind of work we like to do.
It was exciting as anything to be on top today, on a clear day, on a nice day, unexpectedly, and without crowds up there, what a luxury, what a treat and I'm only sorry I couldn't keep contact while I was up there, that was my intention. But every time I would bring up a Chinese satellite for my telephone conversations, it would shut me down, it wouldn't allow the call. So that's why you haven't heard from me the last two days up on the South Col where I was prone to get the Chinese satellite rather than the Nepalese. But, anyway, back in the world now, heading down to Base Camp tomorrow and I'll catch you up on everything that's been going on. Thank you.

Summit Climbers Almost down to South Col

By Mark Tucker - May 26th, 2008 10:16 pm GMT -0700

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Namaste! Well the team upstairs are just about at the South Col, so we'll call ‘em  . . .in  and we'll see if they push on down to Camp II depending on how they are feeling. It's about 10:50 in the morning here  right now, so plenty of time if they are feeling up for it, so we're . . . .work out . . . still perfect, so what a fantastic way to finish off this expedition, I'll tell you that. so thanks again for clicking on us.


Summit Transmission

By Dave Hahn - May 26th, 2008 8:35 pm GMT -0700

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Radio relay, largely unintelligible.


Dave and Nicky on Top, with the Crew

By Mark Tucker - May 26th, 2008 8:29 pm GMT -0700

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There has to be a bettrer way, but this is what we’ve got going right now. . . Dave please repeat one more time. . .  And what time is this Dave. . . 7:26, Dave Hahn, Nicky and the rest of the crew, all four on top. . . . Dave on top with the crew. Folowed by . . .


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