Everest 2024: Everyday Everest Podcast Series Part 5–Arrival At Base Camp

Part 5 of Everyday Everest, my new Podcast series, drops today with chapters 14, 15 and 16. I’ll continue my annual coverage as usual.

Based on my 2020 Virtual Everest series, Everyday Everest follows a fictional team of nine climbers and their personal Sherpas from leaving home to trekking to base camp, acclimatizing, and finally, on their summit push, returning home. I’ll have a twenty-minute episode a few times weekly for the next two months.

In Part 4, our protagonist, Harper, now at Everest Base Camp, is enjoying the smells from home as she unpacked her duffle when she is suddenly interrupted:

As Harper pulled her pillow out of the duffel, the scent of laundry detergent filled the tent’s confines. Harper pulled it close, pushing it against her face into it, deeply, with intention. She drew a deep breath as the smell rubbed off. Now, she smelled like home. 

For a moment, she was transported half a world away to those most important in her life. She saw faces, heard laughter, felt love. Harper smiled. She took out her small picture album, preferring to have printed pictures she could hold than electronic ones on her phone.

With a jolt, Harper was brought back to the present, her attention shifting to the sound of footsteps. Big footsteps and a bell. Again, she leaned forward for a look-see. She made eye contact with her visitor.

He was 600 pounds, covered in fur, but had gentle eyes. He could have been a she, hard to tell.

The bell, a yak bell, around his/her neck, clanged with the resonance of a well-designed church bell. His job completed, his load delivered to base camp, he was meandering around camp, loose from his tether, searching for a bit of lunch. He moved on.

The main characters are

  1. Harper – protagonist, strong climber,  Aconcagua, Denali (Husband -Marc, Daughter – Olivia, Son – Jay)
  2. Dutch – solid climber, quirky
  3. Tony – solid climber, introvert, impatient
  4. Michael – Good experience, Manaslu, good friend
  5. Jim – Second Everest attempt, not strong
  6. Aaron – good climber, strong friend
  7. Bart – good climber, strong friend
  8. Pablo – weak mentally, Aconcagua, Denali
  9. Claudia – strong climber,  Aconcagua, Denali
  10. Guide John Paul – highly experienced, patient, good leader
  11. Sidar and Guide – Dawa Sherpa
  12. Guide – Gyalzen Sherpa
  13. Guide – Tenzing Sherpa

We will go through Everest climbing each day as the team arrives in Kathmandu, flies to Luka, and treks to EBC. We’ll follow them at base camp through the acclimatization rotations and receive invaluable help from the Icefall Doctors and Climbing Sherpas. And, of course, the summit pushes starting in mid-May.

While there will be accurate historical references, this series is a work of fiction. Names, characters, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Now, Part 5, “Arrival At Base Camp”

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Everyday Everest Part 5 Podcast


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