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“It all worked out,” said Dave Hahn, with characteristic understatement on his arrival back in the United States after his twelfth successful summit of Mount Everest, this time leading Leif Whittaker, son of Jim Whittaker,  the first American to reach the top of Everest. 


Dave Hahn Calls in from the Comfort of Kathmandu

By Dave Hahn - May 31st, 2010 2:37 pm GMT -0700

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This is Dave Hahn calling from the roof of the . . .  Hotel Tibet  in Kathmandu Myself and Mark Tucker flew in from Lukla early this morning, the rest of the team flew in yesterday, so we are all out of the Khumbu and everybody . . . . so we are very comfortable right now. And there doesn’t seem to be, well. . . .. there are still political problems here but the city doesn’t seem roiled up too badly right now. There are power shortages, so there are a bunch of generators running but otherwise things are pretty comfortable right now. Went out for a team dinner tonight with the gang, it was wonderful, nice and easy and good food, we’re all filling ourselves up. We still don’t’ have all our bags, they are following us down the valley and should be here in a couple of days, so we’re not really all set to get on airplanes for home yet, but close, we’re just about at the finish of the . . . . be down and out. I got together with a bunch of the other leaders and trip organizers at the ministry of tourism today for a meet about how to make Everest climbing safer and better, interesting, but also nice to see everybody there, all the trip leaders and organizer. Anyway, we are getting used to nice hot summery days and plentiful food. All very welcome. Bye for now.


Dave Prepares to Head Down Valley as Expedition Comes to a Close

By Dave Hahn - May 28th, 2010 9:15 am GMT -0700

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This is Dave and I’m still at Everest base camp. Myself and Leif got down yesterday. Our Sherpas just about have our whole load down the mountain now. . . . . walking toward base camp . . . lower part of the ice fall . . . .not in any danger any more. When they get here we’re going to bug out and head down valley. I haven’t been down valley all season so it will be a thrill to walk down and sleep in Pheriche tonight. The expedition is coming to a close. The weather is still nice today, didn’t snow on us today the way it had been the last couple of days but there are a lot of clouds in the sky in mid afternoon and it does seem like the season is starting to change a little bit, getting closer to the monsoon and less like climbing season.. The next few days we'll be on the trail heading down toward Lukla and eventually Kathmandu . . . . (satellite transmission fails).


Dave and Leif Now Safely Back at Base Camp

By Dave Hahn - May 27th, 2010 10:05 am GMT -0700

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This is Dave, I’m at Everest Base Camp. This morning Leif Whittaker and I got up fairly early at Advanced Base Camp and came down the Western Cwm. It’s been snowing a fair amount each day, so there’s new snow in the Cwm. Again a surreal experience to have that whole . . . it’s been such a busy season there’s been so many climbers and so many Sherpa porters moving up and down that area, but today just us, Nuptse, Everest, West Shoulder and we walked down through Camp I, there are no tents there anymore of course, then down ever so carefully through the Icefall and tip toeing over the ladders, really trying to be careful that last time down through, we made it down no problem, great to get to base camp, things are much more comfortable here, but as I say it keeps on snowing, makes it a little hard to unpack and pack and wash up and everything, but nice to be down. Our Sherpa team came down with loads today, they’ve got to make one more trip in there tomorrow morning, one more trip up to Camp one to carry loads down through the icefall and then the expeditions will be over. Keeping our fingers crossed for that, but so far so good.

Back Safe to Advance Base Camp

By Dave Hahn - May 26th, 2010 4:37 am GMT -0700

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This s Dave, we’re down now at Advance Base Camp, 21,300 again, myself and Leif Whittaker, Tshering and Tendi spent the night up on the South Col. Pretty bizarre, when we came down this morning the Lhotse Face was completely empty, we have been used to seeing hundreds . . . . .completely empty, we broke trail down through new snow and coming into ABNC was pretty surreal, no tents anymore, again from being a camp that hundreds of people were living in was completely empty except for our camp. Tonight, myself, Leif, Tshering, Tendi, Lama Babu and our two Camp II cooks we are the population of Camp II entirely. So our cooks, and Pasang are taking great care of us. We are all looking forward to getting down to base camp tomorrow. Kind of oddly, it continues to snow, it snowed here seemingly all day, that didn’t seem to be in the forecast but there you have it. Our memories of being on the summit yesterday aren’t fading, but like I say are minds are starting to be filled with being off the mountain, being finished. Soon.


There have been American father-son duos to climb Mt. Everest before, notably Barry Bishop and Brent Bishop, and John Roskelley and Jess Roskelley. But only the Whittaker family can now claim three blood relatives to have reached the top: Jim Whittaker, the first American to climb the peak, in 1963, his nephew, Peter Whittaker, who climbed Everest last year, and now Jim’s own son, Leif, who climbed Everest yesterday with Dave Hahn. Not surprisingly, Jim Whittaker is very happy.

“I’m delighted and happy and so proud of Leif,” said Jim Whittaker from his home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. "He’s been climbing since he was a little boy, and this was always a goal of his, he set his sights on it.

I think he is a better climber than I was when I was 34, when I climbed Everest, and he’s only 25.”

On Whittaker’s 1963 climb, the expedition put in six camps, not the traditional four used today, including one at 27,500 feet, near the South Summit. ”A lot has changed since those days,” Whittaker, now 81, added. “This is a very big day for me. Diane and I are so proud of Leif. We talked to him on his way down from the summit. What a contrast that is from 1963, when it took our runner eight days to cover the distance between Base Camp and Kathmandu, that was the fastest means of communication.”


Back to the Safety of the South Col

By Dave Hahn - May 25th, 2010 2:52 am GMT -0700

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Dave Hahn calling from the safety and the comfort of our tent at the South Col, 26000 feet again. We got back from our summit bid, myself and Leif, about 11:15, the rest of our team was down within a half an hour before and after us, so no epics everybody happy and healthy. So that’s great. Leif and I elected to stay up here for the night . . . and our other four team members went down to ABC. That’s a good strategy, to get a little lower. We are going to overnight, we are going to do it tomorrow morning. It’s such a different feeling now being in this tent at the Col. Before it was stress and wondering and worrying, and in fact last night when we went to bed we’d received just by, randomly, somebody had given us a terrible forecast for the night, and we said, well, don’t worry about it, let’s see what the weather does. But we did listen to it and sure enough the wind blew a little bit, we really thought we weren’t going to get it, an opportunity, we had to come face to face with the possibility that we weren’t going to get up the mountain, that’s part of what made him sweet. And now sitting here in this same tent there’s none of that worry, there’s just the knowledge that we’re going to climb down this thing nice and safe over the next couple of days and make it a real victory, be all the way to the bottom of this mountain with no problems. That’s our hope

Back Down to the Balcony

By Dave Hahn - May 24th, 2010 9:53 pm GMT -0700

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Yeah this is Dave with my team safely back down at the Balcony, at 27,500, and out of the winds, out of the summit dangers, we are just going to waltz down the 1500 feet of the Triangular Face and get back to camp. Oh man, it’s 10:14 in the morning, the days are just packed, things are great . . . . light snow down here, but no wind with it, so it’s not bothering us, and man our Sherpa team did a an incredible job, of course we couldn’t have done it without them, Tendi Sherpa managed the whole thing and worked like a wild man, but our whole team, we had six incredibly good climbing Sherpas up there who made sure we got up, wonderful.

On the Summit!

By Dave Hahn - May 24th, 2010 7:19 pm GMT -0700

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Surprise surprise! On the summit of Mt Everest with my team! It feels pretty damn good. We sure didn’t think we were gonna get it last night. We got it, were up there, it’s ah . . it’s ah . . . what time is it? 8:04 in the morning, and we’ve been up here taking a bunch of pictures, there are still a lot of clouds in the sky. It’s pretty dramatic. We are loving being here. The cold is pretty hard on my battery. I’m gong save a little bit of battery and try to give you a call when we are down a little bit safer. But man it’s as big a thrill right now as it ever has been for me. Bye now.


Progress Toward the Summit

By GreatOutdoors.com Staff - May 24th, 2010 3:35 pm GMT -0700

Mark Tucker, RMI base camp manager, reports that Dave and Leif have reached the Balcony, where, as is usual, they and other team members are changing oxygen bottles. Stand by for more updates on the summit attempt.--GreatOutdoors.com Staff


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