Everest 2024: Everyday Everest Podcast Series Part 8–Suffering at Camp 2

Part 8 of Everyday Everest, my new Podcast series, drops today with chapters 25, 26 and 27. 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 8, our protagonist, Harper, and the team arrive at Camp 2 to continue acclimatization. The Mt. Everest Guides lead, John Paul, begins to explain how acclimatization works: “‘Acclimatization’ is a strange word that evokes many emotions. Fundamentally it means adapting the human body to an altitude where it was not designed to survive. Even though the percentage of oxygen in the air on Everest’s summit is the same as on a beach in Rio, there are fewer molecules available to inhale. That’s because there is less atmospheric pressure; thus, the oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide molecules spread out. It’s the opposite of what a diver experiences with the pressure increasing as a diver goes deeper. Harper feels more weight, more pressure, whereas a climber has less available oxygen. That’s why it’s called ‘thin air.’”

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While there will be accurate historical references, this series is a work of fiction.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 8, “Suffering at Camp 2”

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2 thoughts on “Everest 2024: Everyday Everest Podcast Series Part 8–Suffering at Camp 2

  1. Hi Alan : love you, love your mission, podcast & “ everyday Everest – absolutely great . Somehow today for Part 8, when scrolling down to your narration, it plays Part 7 & no part 8 anywhere . Maybe it will appear to
    Tomorrow. Thank you for all you do !
    Sandi Krause

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