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1. Lauren Skinner:
Fitness Level : Average, Height: 58, Weight: 130, Experience: NO
2. Grace Covarrubias:
Fitness Level: Excellent, Height: 53, Weight : 129, Experience: Yes
3. Anthony Guest:
Fitness Level: Excellent, Height 58, Weight: 165, Experience: Yes
4. Donzjae Nabors:
Fitness Level: Good,
Height 52, Weight 136, Experience: Yes
5. Bob Adams Apple
Fitness Level: Excellent, Height 60, Weight: 200, Experience: Yes

Weather Forecast:
May 26 to June 6 its going to be very wet because we leaving out of spring. June 7 to Sep 30 its
going to be dry and warm because were going into summer.
May 28 is day for a summit attempt because the wind jet is well to the north and the wind is 1
0 knots!

ip Dates: When is the best time to go?

Most people plan their expeditions around the beginning of May starting at the
10th. So, in order to avoid multiple climbs all at the same time, the best time to go is
near the end of the month specifically the 28th of May. This means that by the time that
start our climb the others will already have been gone.

Day-By-Day Itinerary
Day 1 -7 International travel , arrive and relax
Day 8 -11 Jeep travel to base camp, acclimate
Day 12 -13 Acclimatization and rest, day hikes.
Day 14-21 Hike to Interim camp
Hike to Advanced Base Camp (21,500ft).
Rest day
Rest day- ABC Trekkers retreat to base camp
Climb to Camp 1- North Col and back to ABC
Rest day
Climb to Camp 1- spend the night
Climb to Camp 2- return to ABC
Day 22 -27 Rest at ABC or retreat to BC
Team rests at BC
Team rests at BC
Hike to Interim camp
Hike to ABC
Rest day
Day 28 -40 Climb in progress for high camp acclimatization
Day 41- Rest days in ABC
Day 42-45 Retreat to BC for final rest
Day 45 Hike to Interim Camp
Day 46 Hike to ABC
Day 47-50 Rest
Day 51-60 Summit attempts
Day 61- 64 Retreat to BC
Day 65 Pack up to departure
Day 66-69 Depart Base Camp to Kathmandu
Day 70-71 Depart Kathmandu for home.


Gear Needed:
1. Climbing Boots: Brand: Millet Everest One Sports. Weight: 14oz
2. Running Shoes and/ or Trail Shoes: For travel or easy walking. Weight: 9oz
3. Lightweight HIking Boots:Brand: Pategonia Capeline. Weight: 9oz
4. Gaiters: Brand: Outdoor Researchs Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters. Weight: 1.2oz
5. Lightweight Socks: 3-4 pairs synthetic/wool blend. Brand: Fox River. Weight: 1oz
6. Mid Weight/ Heavy Socks: Weight: 2oz

1. Lightweight Long Underwear Top: Brand: Patagonia Capeline. Weight: 6oz
2. Expedition Weight Long Underwear Bottoms: Brand: Patagonia Capeline.
Weight: 1oz
3. Lightweight Long underwear Bottoms: Brand: Patagonia Capeline. Weight: 1oz
4. Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton, running shorts also work well for underwear
Brand: any Weight: 1oz
5. Short-Sleeved Shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts
work. Brand: Patagonia. Weight: 6oz
6. Jacket: Synthetic or Fleece. Preferred synthetic. Brand: Patagonia
7. Synthetic Insulated Pants: Primaloft fill with full side zips are recommended.
Brand: Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants. Weight: 9oz
8. Down Suit: Best option for Everest Summit day. Brand: North Face. Weight: 5
9. Down Insulated Jacket w/ Hood: For base camp. Brand: The North Face. Weight:
1.45 pounds
10. Waterproof Breathable Jacket and Pants: Ideally, the jacket will have a hood and
the pants will have full-length side zips. Brand: Patagonia. Weight: 1.45 pounds

Head and Hand Gear:

1. Liner Glove: Lightweight synthetic. Brand: Patagonia. Weight: 150 weight
2. Windstopper Fleece Gloves: Two pairs. Brand: Any. Weight: 3oz
3. Insulated Climbing Gloves: Brand: Black Diamond Guide Gloves. Weight: 4oz
4. Mittens with Liners: Two pairs. Brand: Outdoor Research Alti Mitts and Outdoor
Research Expedition Mitts. Weight: 4oz
5. Wool or Fleece Hat: Two, one light and one heavy. Brand: Any. Weight: 5oz
6. Balaclava: One light and one heavy. Brand: Capeline Balaclava. Weight: 4oz
7. Face Mask: Brand: Any. Weight: 3oz

1. Sunglasses: Brand: Any. Weight: 1.5oz
2. Glacier Glasses: Brand: Any. Weight: 1.5oz
3. Headlamp w/ Spare Bulb: Brand: Black Diamond. Weight: 6oz
4. Spare Batteries: Specifically AAs and AAAs. Brand: Any. Weight: .81oz

Climbing Equipment:
1. Ice Axe: NO rubber grip. Brand: Black Diamond. Weight: 29oz
2. Crampons: Brand: Black Diamond. Weight: 4oz
3. Harness: Alpine Style. Brand; Black Diamond. Weight: 2.5 pounds
4. Carabiners: Two large locking pear shaped, four oval shaped. Brand: Black
5. Webbing: 20 feet 3/16 Sugartape. Brand: Any. Weight: 10 kil.
6. Perlon Cord: 20 feet of 6mm perlon cord AKA accessory cord. Brand: Any
7. Ascenders: Two. Brand: Black Diamond. Weight: 15oz
8. Rappel Device: ATC, Figure 8 or similar. Brand: Black Diamond. Weight: 2oz

Camping Gear:
1. Backpack: Top opening mountaineers rucksack style. Brand: Wild Things
Andinista. Weight: 18 pounds when full of stuff
2. Day Pack: Should be simple. brand: Any. Weight:
3. Two Sleeping Bags: One for mountain and one for base camp. Brand: Western
Mountaineering. Weight: 2 pounds each. 4 pounds total
4. Compression Stuff Sacks: Used to reduce the volume of sleeping bags and
clothes. Brand: Outdoor Research
5. Sleeping Pad: Inflating, full-length. Brand: Therm-a-rest. Weight: 8oz to 6 pounds
6. Water Bottles: Two, 1-liter, leak-proof, wide-mouth. Brand: Nalgene. Weight: 16oz
7. Lightweight Steel Thermal Bottle: 1-2. 1 liter size. Brand: Thermos. Weight: 16oz
8. Pack Towel: Medium Size. NO Terrycloth. Brand: Pac Towel
9. Trekking Poles: Should extend and shorten. Brand: Black Diamond. weight: 14oz
10. Swiss Army Knife: Brand: Any. Weight: 4-5oz
11. Large Mug, Plastic Bowl, Fork, and Spoon: Brand: From home!

Medical and Personal:

Overall weight: 2 pounds
1. Sunscreen: SPF 30. Brand: Dermatone
2. Lipscreen: SPF 30. Brand:
3. Toiletry Kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc
4. First Aid Kit: Ibuprofen, bandaids, etc
5. Water Purification Tablets: Brand: Potable Agua
6. Ziploc Bags: self explanatory.
7. Baby Wipes or Wet Towels: Self explanatory.
8. Ear Plugs: Brand: Any

Travel Items:
1. Expedition Duffel Bags: Two. Brand: The North Face duffel. Weight: 5.5 pounds
each. 11 pounds all together
2. Small Travel Bag: Brand: The North Face. Weight: 1 pound
3. Nylon Stuff Sacks: Different sizes and colors. Brand: Any. Weight: 1 pound each
4. Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt: Cotton, comfortable. Brand: Any. Weight: 6oz
5. Hiking Pants: 1-2. Brand: Supplex. Weight: 16 oz
6. Lightweight Pants: One pair. Brand: Supplex. Weight: 9oz

Information on Mount Everest

From the summit of Mount Everest to its base, the rock units are the Qomolangma
Formation, the North Col Formation, and the Rongbuk Formation.
Mount Everest has a peak elevation of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters)
The peak of Everest has three somewhat flat sides, and is said to be shaped like a
three sided pyramid. Glaciers and ice cover the sides of the mountain. Mount Everest
has three faces and three major ridges on the north, south, and west sides. Five major
glaciers continue to chisel Mount EverestKangshung Glacier on the east; East
Rongbuk Glacier on the northeast; Rongbuk Glacier on the north; and Khumbu Glacier
on the west and southwest.
The cost to climb Mount Everest ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 per person,
depending on the number of people in the group. Including equipment, Sherpa
guides,helicopters, additional permits, other essentials, and the cost of the person can
be well over $65,000
The average temperature in May at the base camp is -8 *C, and -25 *C on the summit.
For a few weeks in May, the jet stream lifts north of the Himalayas, greatly reducing
average wind speeds and the chance for precipitation at the top of the mountain.
Everest is part of the Himalaya mountain range along the border of Nepal and Tibet. It
is located 27 59' North latitude, 86 55' East longitude.
Blowing with the strength of a hurricane at 118+ miles/hour, the Jet Stream blasts the
rocky, icy summit of Everest nearly all year long. The Jet Stream is a constant wind force
at 4 - 6 miles above the earth. Observers can tell when the Jet Stream is blowing on the
summit of Everest from the long while stream of ice crystals extending out from the tip of
the mountain. Those wishing to actually stand on the summit have to choose their
moment carefully: the mountain is most inviting in early May, when the Jet Stream is
pushed northward over Tibet by the arrival of the monsoon. There is also a window of
opportunity in the Fall when the Jet Stream is again pushed northward.
As the altitude increases, the oxygen content of the air decreases dramatically. At 9,800
feet, for example, there's about 2/3 of the oxygen in the air than at sea level. At 20,000 ft,
there is roughly half the oxygen content in the air. At 29,035ft, the summit of Everest,
there is only a third of the oxygen in the air.
Mountaineers climbing Everest establish a camp at the base of the mountain, and four
higher camps before reaching the summit. For the next 30 days or so, they will move up,
then down again, allowing their bodies to get used to the reduced oxygen content of the
air. This process is called acclimatization. Acclimatizing properly is essential to safely
ascend to high altitudes. Climbers acclimatize by ascending slowly, resting one day for
every 1,000 feet they climb in one day. They drink plenty of liquids and eat healthy food.
They also practice a rule of thumb: climb high, sleep low. Climbing high, then
descending to lower altitudes allows the body to build up and gain strength with fresh
oxygen, digest food better, get sounder sleep and any wounds can heal and they'll feel
much stronger by descending. It was also allow them to build up their bodies, worn from
the low O2 content, with fresh oxygen.

Path on Mount Everest

There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in
Nepal (known as the standard route) and the other from the north in Tibet. While not
posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents
dangers such as altitude sickness, weather, wind as well as significant objective hazards
from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall (so route). While the overwhelming majority of
climbers use bottled oxygen in order to reach the top, some climbers have summitted
Everest without supplemental oxygen.
The Nepalese side has seen 3877 summits, and the Tibet (North Col) side has seen
2331 summits

South Col Route

Pluses Concerns
Beautiful trek to base camp in the Khumbu Icefall instability
Easy access to villages for pre-summit Crowds, especially on summit night
Helicopter rescue from base camp if Cornice Traverse exposure, SE Ridge
necessary Slabs
Slightly warmer sometimes with less Slightly longer summit night

Northeast Ridge Route

Pluses Concerns
Less crowds Colder temps and harsher winds
Can drive to base camp Camps at higher elevations
Easier climbing to mid-level camps A bit more difficult with smooth or loose
Slightly shorter summit night No opportunity for helicopter rescue at
any point

Our choice: North Ridge/North East Ridge (climbing up and climbing down)
This Climbing route is shorter than the South Col route. The Climbing already starts
from the Advance Base at 6400m on the East Rongbuk Glacier. Above the North Col, the
route becomes increasingly rocky with awkward terrain - vicious and frequent winds
between 7000m and 8000m. Although the top camp is higher than the one on the South
Col, the summit day itself is definitely harder.

Base camp: 17000 5182m

Located on a gravel area near the Rongbuk Monastery, this is the end of
the road. All vehicle assisted evacuations start here. There are no helicopter rescues or
evacuations on the north side or for any mountain in Tibet.
Interim camp: 20300/6187m 5 to 6 hours (first time)
Used on the first trek to ABC during the acclimatization process, this is a
spot where a few tents are placed. Usually this area is lightly snow covered or none at all.
Advanced base camp: 21300/6492m 6 hours (first time)
Many teams use ABC as their primary camp during the acclimatization
period but it is quite high. This area can still be void of snow but offers a stunning view
directly at the North Col. It is a harsh environment and a long walk back to the relative
comfort of base camp or Tibetan villages.
North Col or C1: 23,000/7000m 4 to 6 hours (first time)
The climb from ABC to the North Col steadily gains altitude with one
steep section of 60 degrees that will feel vertical. Rappelling or arm-wrap techniques are
used to descend this steep section.
Camp 2: 24,750/7500m 5 hours
Mostly a steep and snowy ridge climb that turns to rock. High winds are
sometimes a problem making this a cold climb. Some teams use C2 as their highest
camp for acclimatization purposes.
Camp 3: 27,390/8300m 4 to 6 hours
This is higher than the South Col in altitude and exposure to the weather.
It is the launching spot for the summit bid.
Yellow Band
There is a snow filled gully; part of the Yellow Band, and a small ramp to
reach the northeast ridge proper.
First Step: 27890/8500m
The first of three rock features. The route tends to cross to the right of
the high point and it is steep and challenging. This one requires good foot work and
steady use of the fixed rope in the final gulley to the ridge.
Mushroom Rock -28047/8549m 2 hours from C3
There is a rock feature that can be used to measure their progress on
summit night. Oxygen is swapped at this point. The route can be full of loose rock here
adding to the difficulty with crampons. This is where there is need of mountaineering
Second Step: 28140/8577m 1 hour or less
This is the crux of the climb with the Chinese Ladder. Climbers must first
ascend about 10 of rock slab then climb the near vertical 30 ladder. This section is very
exposed with a 10,000 vertical drop. It is more difficult to navigate on the decent since
you cannot see your feet placement on the ladder rungs. This brief section is notorious
for long delays thus increasing the chance of frostbite or AMS.
Third Step: 28500/8690m 1 to 2 hours
The easiest of the three steps but requires concentration to be safe.
Summit Pyramid 2 to 4 hours
A steep snow slope, often windy and brutally cold, and there is a feeling
of being very exposed at this point. Towards the top of the Pyramid, climbers are
extremely exposed again as they navigate around a large outcropping and experience
three more small rock steps on a ramp before the final ridge climb to the summit.
Summit: 29,035/8850m 1 hour
The final 500 horizontal distance is along the ridge to the summit is quite
exposed. Slopes angles range from 30 to 60 degrees.
Return to Camp 3: 7 -8 hours
The down climb takes the identical route. Early summiters may
experience delays at the 2nd Step with climbers going up or summiters having down
climbing issues.
Return to ABC: 3 hours
Packs can be heavy since everything hauled up over the preceding
month must be taken back down. It is now almost June so the temperatures are warmer.
But each step brings them closer to base camp comforts and on to their home and

Why We Chose This Path:

We chose this path because we wanted a challenge. Other reasons include: less
crowds, the ability to drive to the base camp, there is easier climbing at mid-level
camps, there is a slightly shorter summit night, and the trip costs less.

We estimate the trip to take roughly 64 days