Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Safely off the Mountain

As a summary, Dan, Adam, and Alan Mallory reached the summit of Everest at 8:15 a.m. on May 26/08 and descended arriving at high camp (South Col-camp 4), very tired at about 2:30 p.m. Laura left at 7 p.m. that afternoon and summited May 27 at about 9:30 a.m. Dan, Adam, and Alan descended the Mountain to Camp 2 on May 27 and expected to hear from Laura or her Sherpa on her progress on May 27. Nobody heard from them or could communicate with them until they summited and arrived back at high camp at about 3:30 p.m. May 27. Many at base camp were praying and lighting incense and burning juniper for their safe return. We were quite worried - we did not realize that their batteries were not functioning in their two radios.
We all were joined together at base camp on May 29.
On May 30, we descended from base camp to Lukla in 3 days which would normally take 9 or 10 days to ascend from Lukla to base camp but we were extremely acclimatized. We were completely exhausted when we reached Lukla.
On June 2 we flew from Lukla to Kathmandu where we are staying at the Annapurna hotel and enjoying some well deserved pampering of good food, a soft bed, and warm weather. We are on a waiting list for an early flight home around May 8 but if not available we will be leaving on June 13 according to our current tickets.
We have many fantastic digital photos and video of the climbing experience which we will put together for presentations on our return for groups or organizations that are interested. Interested groups can email us according to our web site. Looking forward to seeing everyone on our return.



Frances Archambault said...

Absolutely unbelievable and I can't wait to see the video and pictures. I feel so small right now!
Fran :)

Anonymous said...

Winning the "Stanley Cup'", winning the "Triple Crown'" winning the "Formula One" or winning "The World Cup" pale in comparison to your triumph over Everest! Your success dwarfs all of them. The city of Barry had better be prepared to show their appreciation by designating a day for a grand "WELCOME BACK MALLORYS" Parade. We'll be there! M & E

Anonymous said...

so great to hear the stories and look forward to seeing the photos and video
take care and see you on arrival back to civilization :)

mike said...

Double congratulations !! ... for accomplishing such an awesome feat, but also with enough reserve to make it safely back down. So relieved and thrilled when we heard that you'd all made it safely back down ... Let the celebrations begin !! Hope you have a safe and comfortable trip back and are given the royal treatment. Look forward to welcoming you back home.
Mike & Joan