Costa Mesa, Ca.
February 27, 2017
Dear Family & Friends:
Dawa Steven called with good news. The Sherpas completed the helicopter reconnaissance and the trip is on.
Naga Dorjee Sherpa, Shera Gyaljen Sherpa and Sonam Bhote boarded the helicopter on February 25 and flew over Burke-Khang. Naga, who is my Sirdar (head Sherpa) for the expedition, reported that they found a safe route up the mountain. The giant icefall above Camp 1 that blocked our progress last year has completely collapsed. Several smaller crevasses remain, but they can be crossed with ladders. The snow is in good condition with relatively few sections of blue ice. We will bring plenty of rope line, rebars and ice screws to traverse the blue ice sections. The massive headwall to the summit ridge is steep, but we can install ladders if necessary. Unlike 2015, the ridge line appears climbable. All 3 Sherpas snapped photos and shot video. When I receive the photos, I will share some of them with you.
Naga, Shera and Sonam are greatly relieved by the conditions they viewed on the mountain. Me too, and I am so glad I commissioned this reconnaissance.
You can view the Itinerary, Trekking Map showing the location of Burke-Khang and proposed route below.
I depart on March 1. Beyond stoked and excited!