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21
Mar

Burke-Khang 2017

Pochara, Nepal March 20, 2017 Namaste Family & Friends: There I sat in the helicopter, hovering a few hundred feet above Burke-Khang Base Camp, negotiating the price for my return to safety, sanity and reality. In over four decades of practicing law all over the world, I have negotiated many complex transactions. But, never in […]


17
Mar

The Trip is Off

March 17, 2017 From his daughter Lisa- These short messages came in this morning: Starting to snow just as we leave  Im coming home. This morning I was dressed and ready to go up. Still no weather report from Fagin. I did one more check before we started up. It came. Mikes report-10 days bad […]


16
Mar

Brief Update-March 16th

March 16, 2017 I am at Base Camp. Stunning beauty. Very cold & windy.  No snow since Gokyo. Took 5 Sherpas 25 hours over 2 days to run lines from BC to C1. No internet & very little communication possible. Trying to get sat phones working. Love my team. Tomorrow I move to Intermediate Base […]


13
Mar

Audio File from March 11th

March 13, 2017 Hi Everyone- This is Lisa, Bill’s daughter who does his posting for him. He is doing great and should be  helicoptering into basecamp today.  I am traveling so this post from March 11th is delayed a few days. Audio Dispatch from March 11th Lisa


10
Mar

Article- Bill Burke: A Study in Tenacity

Gokyo March 10, 2017 Namaste Family & Friends: My good friend, Alan Arnette, has  just posted an article about my climb on his website. He asked some pretty searching questions about why I am here. The link is below, and I hope you will read it. If you are interested in “all things Everest,” as the […]


06
Mar

Good Vibrations

Namche Bazar March 6, 2017 Namaste Family & Friends: Channeling a famous Beach Boys’ tune, I’m feeling the good vibrations about this trip.  Everything seems to be functioning like clockwork, just as planned. On March 5, I was up at 5:30 am to get ready for the airport transport and a 7:30 am flight. Kathmandu […]


04
Mar

Greetings From Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal March 4, 2017 Namaste Family & Friends: So far, this trip has gone just too perfect. I haven’t fallen asleep and missed a flight. I had a great time in Hong Kong. I enjoyed a full night of sleep last night in Kathmandu. The meeting at the Ministry of Tourism was fun, and […]


27
Feb

It’s a Go!

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 […]


16
Feb

Burke-Khang Redux

Costa Mesa, Ca. February 23, 2017 “stubborn” |ˈstəbərn|–having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so; difficult to move, remove, or cure; done or continued in a willful, unreasonable or persistent manner. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Dear Family & Friends: I […]


28
Dec

2016 Burke-Khang Recap

Prelude: this is a lengthy report followed by a 30-minute movie of our 2016 Burke-Khang expedition. After the movie, I have included interviews of Naga Dorjee Sherpa and David Liano. The movie and interviews will carry special meaning if you first read the report. So, find your favorite easy chair, stoke the fire in the […]