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31
May

Heading Home

Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2011 Dear Family & Friends: Today, I return home from Kathmandu.  It has been a long trip, and I look forward to the journey home to reunite with family & friends.  As stated in my last message, I am feeling really good, physically and mentally, and I feel that the trip […]


27
May

Friends and Pizza in Kathmandu

Hello Family & Friends: Yesterday, I arrived in Kathmandu after the 2 day trip from Chinese Base Camp.  It is so good to be back at the Yak & Yeti.  As I stepped off the elevator on the 5th floor, I was greeted by my friend, Rick Dryer, who trekked to Everest Base Camp South […]


26
May

May 26, 2011

Click here to download… Written report translated from the audio report: “Hello everyone it’s May 26 and I’m calling from Zangmu, Tibet, China, which is the last village before we cross the border into Nepal. We will be crossing the border this morning and it will take about three hours from the other side of […]


24
May

A New Person

  Click here to download… Written report translated from audio report: “Hello everyone! It’s Bill Burke from Chinese Base Camp, May 23rd. We came down yesterday, Doug, Aboul, and I, and so we are back down where we started and the climbing is done for this season. Today I had my first shower in over […]


22
May

A Short Summary

Click here to download… Written report translated from audio report: “Hello Everyone, It’s Bill Burke from…. I sent a report on what happened over 24 hrs ago from the north col but my wife just told me that it didn’t go through. I feel very bad about that because I guess you guys were kind […]


19
May

Had to Turn Back

We heard from Bill tonight. He is back down safely to Camp 3 but did not make the summit. He sounded exhausted and upset. Mingma made him turn around, so we are thankful that if Mingma felt it was not safe for him to continue that he was there to advise him whether he liked […]


19
May

Resting at Camp 3

Click here to download…Written report translated from the audio report: “Hello Family and Friends We’re all resting at Camp 3 which is high camp I don’t know the exact altitude, something over 27,000 feet, 27,4 or 5, It’s on my website on the route to the summit. All of us made up here fine, Doug, […]


18
May

Three in a Tent Made for Two

Click here to download…Written report translated from the audio report: “Namaste everyone, this is Aboul, Doug and Bill at Camp 2 tucked inside a 2 person tent, but we slept last night and everybody’s feeling good. In my last post you could probably not hear anything I said the winds were blowing really really hard. […]


18
May

The Fierce Howling Wind

Click here to download…Written report translated from audio report: “Hello, it’s Bill Burke calling from Camp 2. We’re facing the full fury of the mountain fighting back. I just thought I would call and let you hear what the wind sounds like on Mount Everest. When the wind dies down I’ll call back and give […]


17
May

A Hard Climb to the North Col

Click here to download… Written report translated from audio report: “Namaste Everyone It is May 18 and I am now parked at the North Col, it’s a little lower than 23,000 feet. Yesterday we moved up from ABC finally to the North Col. We decided to move yesterday rather than the day before because we […]