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31
May

Bill the Spoiler

Kathmandu May 31, 2009 It’s great to be back at the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu!  Last night, I slept so good in the comfy hotel bed.  Sure beats a snow-bound tent.  The warm shower was also a God-send. Here’s a few unrelated tid-bits I picked up upon my return to Kathmandu. The ride […]


28
May

Race Day

Namche Bazaar May 29, 2009 Namaste: Today is the day of the Tenzing/Hillary Mt. Everest Marathon Run.  The race starts at Everest Base Camp and ends in Namche Bazaar.  The worlds most elite runners participate in this grueling run. Here’s the shocking story, which will come as a surprise even to my family.  Before I […]


28
May

Homeward Bound

Namche Bazaar May 28, 2009 Namaste: I’m finally back in the land of the living! Yesterday, I left Base Camp and started the 35-mile journey to Lukla.  The trip from Base Camp to Lobuche involved a lot of snow and a trail that was difficult to negotiate because of the snow, ice, slush and mud.  The trek from […]


26
May

Leaving Base Camp

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26
May

Snowed In At Base Camp Audio Report

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25
May

Snowed In At Base Camp

May 25, 2009 Costa Mesa, CA Bill just called from Base Camp.  He borrowed a  battery so that his sat phone would work to call me.  It is snowing hard and he said they may be snowed in for a few days.  The tents are covered with snow and he can hear avalanches all around.  He […]


25
May

Bill Is Back At Base Camp!

May 25, 2009 Good Morning, Bill called me yesterday at 5 PM from Camp 2.  He was still in his sleeping bag, dreading getting out and putting all of that gear on for the final climb through the Icefall.  I would not rest until he finished that part of his trip.  He promised that he would call […]


24
May

Bringing the snow down to Camp II

Click the following link to hear the report: Hello everyone, it’s Bill at Camp 2.  Of course it snowing and blowing here like everywhere I go on this mountain, the wind and the snow follows me like a little puppy dog.  Guess it’s because I’m from California, we don’t have weather in California, just our only seasons in California […]


23
May

Back Safely at Camp 4

Click the following link to hear the report: May 23, 2009 Camp 4 Hello Everyone, It’s Bill Burke calling from Camp 4.   I made it to the summit of Mt. Everest, Praise the Lord, thank God, I’m so happy. Mingma and I left Camp 4 at 10 PM (It was 10 PM) and made the summit at […]


22
May

News Articles

Orange County Register: OC man may be oldest American to summit Everest CBS 2: Costa Mesa Man, 67, Climbs Mount Everest Fox LA: Man may be the Oldest to Climb Everest KTLA: SoCal Senior Reaches Top of Mt. Everest