We have been following the intrepid adventure of Marty Schmidt — world class climber who is currently scaling the heights of Mount Everest. His trusty gadget? The incomparable Intel-Inspired Ultrabook™. It’s the perfect companion for scaling the one of the world’s most challenging mountains – ultra sleek, ultra thin and ultra light.
Here’s Marty’s latest dispatch:
Namaste everyone following our climb of Everest in 2012. All is going well with our team. It is so important to stay healthy upon this land of the Himalayas. The famous Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is well known around the world for being one of the most beautiful walks on this earth of ours. We had a wonderful trekking team that followed us to our Everest BC and made it one day behind the climbing team. They would have been trekking alongside us the whole way but for their flight into Lukla was 15 minutes too late for the landing and so they had to turn around and land at another airstrip. The trekking team made it to EBC and enjoyed a day and night with the climbing team. During this time, one of the climbing teammates, AB is his name and he is from Australia, needed a bit more time to acclimatize during our trek and so I stayed with him in Periche. We started our trek to EBC and came across the trekking team coming out. We had a good catch up and congratulated them for a great accomplishment. I especially enjoyed seeing Jack and Steph complete this goal for they both were with my son and I on Mount Rainier last year.
During the past 3 days we have been enjoying Base Camp, resting, getting our summit gear together, making sure it all checks out, training on the steep ice with getting use to swinging tools and cramponing, using the fixed lines, taking a half day to climb up the Khumbu Ice Fall to train on the ladders that span the deep crevasses. More rest time with plenty of good food to eat each day. Joshua from Ecuador, my follow guide, and I are having great chess matches. Reminds me of glorious days on Denali with my son Denali playing endless matches of chess, what a treat to look forward to.
Our team is now down the valley climbing Kala Pattard, at around 5,600 meters to sleep the night for another acclimatization training day. This all helps us be prepared for when we move through the Khumbu Ice Fall and on to our camp 1 at 6000 meters. All this will happen in a few days from now.
With this dispatch, I want to send more photos. There is one with a monk trekking to EBC.