The March to Dole

Dole-13,235 feet October 30, 2016 Namaste Family & Friends: This was a long, hard day. We left Namche Bazaar at 8 am and arrived in Dole at 2:20 pm. We gained 2,500 feet of altitude in the move from Namche Bazaar to Dole, but we ascended well over 4,000 feet because of the alignment of the trekking trail […]


Resting in Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar October 29, 2016 Namaste Family & Friends: Today we enjoyed a delightfully pleasant rest day in Namche Bazaar. I have some really fond memories of my many visits to Namche Bazaar, going all the way back to 2007. At the top of this list is the trip last year with the Burke-Khang 2015 […]


Namche Bazaar (11,355 feet)

Namche Bazaar October 28, 2016 Namaste Family & Friends: The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is one of my favorite trekking days. We left the Mountain Resort tea house in Phakding at the 8:00 am. David arrived in Namche Bazaar at 11 am, and I arrived at 1:15 pm. David moves faster than me, and I was […]


Kicked by a Horse

Phakding October 27, 2016 Namaste Family & Friends Yes, today, I was kicked by a horse. But, I digress. I woke up early, but I was so happy that I managed 7-hours of sleep despite the jet lag. Our flight from Kathmandu to Lukla was scheduled for 7 am. As usual, it was delayed, but we […]


Back at My Second Home

Kathmandu, Nepal October 26, 2016 Dear Family & Friends: Today was a busy, but fabulous, day. I’m so happy to be back in Nepal.I was up at 5 am, after 6-hours of sleep. I had breakfast with David in the restaurant at 7 am. It was so good to reconnect with him for this great adventure. We are both […]


More Contretemps at the Airport

Kathmandu, Nepal October 26, 2017 Dear Family & Friends: Picking up where Lisa left off, I missed my October 23, 9:30 am departure  by 12 hours. So, here I am at LAX at 6:30 pm on October 23, and my flight doesn’t leave until 1 am on October 24. What to do for 6 hours? I’m tired […]


He Missed His Flight But He’s Off!

October 24, 2016 This post is from his daughter Lisa. ———————————————————————————————————————— He missed his flight by exactly 12 hours, but he is off! After a year of meticulous planning for this trip, we received this email last night: “9:30” departure means 9:30 am, not 9:30 pm. My flight left this morning. This absurd error cost me […]


Liftoff and Where’s Bill?

Costa Mesa, Ca. October 23, 2016 Dear Family & Friends: I’m over the moon excited! Tonight, I depart for Kathmandu, Nepal. This is my 10th trip to Nepal in the last 10 years. Some of my friends call me “Mr.Mayor” (of Kathmandu). David, my climbing partner, calls me “El Capitan.” This is the trip I have […]


Sis Speaks Up

October 19, 2016 Costa Mesa, Ca. Dear Family & Friends: One of the hidden costs of high altitude mountaineering is the emotional toll on the family. I am highly sensitive to this issue, which is why I have u-turned on Mt. Everest 4 of my 6 climbs, even though I was less than 1,000 feet […]


Autumn 2016

Costa Mesa, Ca. October 18, 2016 Dear Family & Friends: The Autumn 2016 climbing season has not been kind to climbers. 2016 brought a heavy and extended Monsoon season, resulting in a massive amount of snow being deposited on the mountains. This has severely complicated expedition plans and strategies and resulted in many teams ending […]