Class of 2017. Day 1. Welcome Ceremony and Ground School.
Beautiful weather for opening day! A morning spent asking for blessings at Phortse Gomba, a welcome from KCC Directors, and an afternoon learning and practicing. Basic knots to Anchoring and Belay techniques.
Pokhara, Lakeside, Nepal.
Pokhara, Lakeside, Nepal.
The next few days I am going to post some photos dedicated to the @khumbuclimbingcenter
This photo is from Everest Camp 1, Pumori in the background. Many KCC grads will end up working on Everest, one of the most statistically dangerous jobs in the world.
Today our friends start teaching the class of 2017. The KCC runs annual classes aimed at teaching Nepali mountain workers how to be safer doing their jobs - wilderness first aid, technical climbing, rescue techniques. We have worked with many of the instructors on prior expeditions and the pleasure of instructing at KCC in 2008.
Thank you for continuing the great work you do KCC! Check out www.alexlowe.org for more info and to make a donation to this great cause!
The all-seeing eyes of Buddha.
The eyes of wisdom and compassion.
To begin with, it's a wonder I even managed to catch this moment. After a final climb, a 200m high wall of ice, we finally reached the top of Island Peak at an altitude of 6189 m. It was windy, it was extremely hard to breathe and it was magical
Due to the risk of altitude sickness we weren't supposed to stay on the summit for more than 10 min, but as we had to decend the ice wall one at a time it became a problem. I had to stay for 30 min and my head started going dizzy after a while, it's a miracle I got down at all. You can actually see our tracks in the picture, down on the left
Volleyball match in the clouds. Every day after work, the masons from the Khumbu Climbing Center head up to the schoolyard to face off against the Everest summitters of Phortse. The air is starting to thin out at 3800 metres, but it doesn't show on the court. Less than a week until premiere night! @themetrocinema on Sunday, come and see the masons vs. the climbers In The Shadows of Everest! #volleyball#intheclouds#altitude#Phortse#nepal#nepaliloveyou#rivalry Les maçons du Khumbu Climbing Center affrontent les Sherpas d'Everest à tout les soirs durant la mousson. À 3800 mètres, l'oxygène est moins présent. Mais les gars s'amusent jusqu'à la noirceur, sans problèmes. Venez voir un des matchs ce dimanche au lancement de In The Shadows of Everest @themetrocinema@khumbuclimbingcenter
This image is from the Nepal Photo Workshop a few years ago. I've posted this image before, but at the time Instagram only allowed square formats and I've never felt quite right showing this image in a square format. It needs the full horizontal to show not only the peaks of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, but also the glacier below and surrounding mountains. The shot itself was one of the most inspirational moments I've ever experienced making a photograph. Jaw dropping to say the least. This year's Nepal Photography Workshop will run from Oct 21-Nov 4, 2017. See the full details in the URL link. #nepal8thwonder
Class of 2017. Day 0. Student Check-In and Equipment Issue.
KCC Instructor Mingma Fura Sherpa inspects Advanced Course student Lhakpa Gyaljen's equipment. Everyone has arrived in Phortse, and it's time to get started. @mingma2314@lhakpagyaljen
The Khumbu not only is home to giant alpine routes, but more and more boulder problems, sport routes, and ice and mixed cragging. KCC Instructors gettin after it during the trek up to Phortse. #Repost@email@example.com
These days I am exploring bouldering spot in Namche bazar. I found 4 boulder problem here and did top out.
I will Post Topo and name of the route and location soon.
Thank you pasang dawa sherpa for spotting me.
And thank you Jay San for the picture. #khumbuclimbingcenter #nepalclimbingteam #verticleworld #namchebouldering
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