I witnessed this first hand on my climbing expedition to Everest (see below) in April. This article is a worthwhile read for any climbing or Everest enthusiast.
“There was a little hill-like structure that broke off and fell straight down and broke into pieces,” said Kaji, who is from Taksindu, below Lukla, the town where most people fly into the Khumbu region. In the next moments, he likely witnessed the death of either Nima or Tenzing Chottar. “One person ahead of me was blown off the top and thrashed below,” he said. “It was like a thunderbolt. I realized what it was, but there wasn’t a way out. It knocked me unconscious.” CLICK HERE to read more
Lhotse/Everest Science Expedition 2014
At the end of March of this year, I will be going back to Nepal to climb once again. I'm honored to have been invited to climb Lhotse, the 4th highest peak in the world, as well as climb to about 27,000 feet on Mt Everest. I'll be climbing as a member of the American Climber-Science Program, which is run by the American Alpine Club. Read more about the expedition HERE.
Research and Outreach
The climber-scientists will be doing amazing research on Lhotse and Everest. Studies will include glacier melting rates, pollution levels at extreme altitudes, as well as meteorological and vegetative studies -
- Ecology: We will collect vegetation data in the lower elevation areas early in the expedition, to link with satellite imagery and compare to past expeditions and published studies.
- Hydrology: We will take water quality samples in all of the major streams and rivers on the approach and in the vicinity of the Khumbu glacier.
- Air Quality: Once we are settled into base camp, we will sample snow on the glacier for particulates (black carbon and dust), and we will continue taking samples all the way to the South Col on the normal Everest Route. We also will take samples up to the summit of Lhotse.
- Meteorology: We monitor ambient CO2 levels and meteorological conditions in our sample locations and at base camp.
- Medical: We will develop human health monitoring and/or experiments during the trip. Most of us will be climbing without oxygen.
- We will work with Sagarmatha National Park, Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and GlacierWorks to disseminate our findings.
- We will attempt to Skype with classrooms in the States, to involve them in our research, in near real-time.
Support and Sponsoring
I leave for Nepal at the end of March and will be spending 2 months on Everest and her neighbor Lhotse. Since learning that I would be a part of this life changing expedition, I have been speaking with local companies around the Concord, New Hampshire area to gain sponsors who want to support this program. Sponsors help cover costs for items such as tents, and permits. I currently have some amazing sponsors
Jake St. Pierre
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