Episode 197: Tales From The Tent

  Waiting Out The Weather Part (K)2. Time begins to crawl to a standstill as the poor weather, rockfall and avalanche danger remains high across the entire route up K2. Brian Block decides to stay at base camp to continue resting up and recovering from his illness on Broad Peak while Fabrizio and some other combers decide to make a push for the summit. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 24:30 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:30 — 101.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:30 — 284.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 196: Welcome to K2

  Not Ideal. With the Broad Peak climb over, Brian and the rest of the team turn their focus to K2. The weather is glorious as they pack up camp, say goodbye to friends who were only intent on climbing Broad Peak and make the move up the valley to K2. It all looks to be smith sailing but K2 has other plans in store for the climbers. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 22:51 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:51 — 95.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:51 — 267.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 195: The Broad Peak Summit Push

  WHOMP! Brian Block and the rest of the Field Touring Alpine team make their way to High Camp 3 above 24,000 feet on Broad Peak to prepare for the final push to the summit. Conditions look perfect and the weather is clear and calm. However, the experienced climbers know that not everything is what it seems. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 28:26 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:26 — 120.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:26 — 334.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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2014 Everest Trek & Bhutan Tour Announcement

Are you a fan of The Rest of Everest and think it would be the adventure of a lifetime to visit Everest Base Camp yourself–and have the experience documented on the podcast? Well, then consider joining us as we return to Everest during the Spring 2014 climbing season! Chris Marquardt and I will once again be holding The Highest Photography Workshop in the World by trekking back to Everest’s famed South Base Camp in Nepal as well as making a summit of 5545m (18,192′) Kala Patthar. Dates are from May 5-26, 2014. But wait, there’s more! I’m also holding a non-workshop tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan the week before the Everest workshop Trek begins. This trip has a shorter time commitment that visiting Everest, but will expose you to the eastern Himalayas as well as some of Kathmandu, Nepal. Dates are April 27-May 5, 2014. Want to join us for both? No problem! Registration for both adventures opens at 09:00 MDT on October 1, 2013. For all of the information including detailed itineraries and discount pricing, please visit http://himalayanworkshops.com   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:22 — 201.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:22 — 1,006.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 194: Burning…Stuff

The Nuclear Option. Summit day on Broad Peak is almost here as Brian Block and the team descend back down to Base Camp for one last rest before heading back up for the top. To pass the time at BC, the guys decide to once again show the glamorous side of expedition climbing as they attend to the latrines which have become full and unstable in the shifting glacier. Their tool of choice? Kerosine. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 29:06 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:06 — 151.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:06 — 423.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 193: Turn The Lightbulb, Pet The Dog

No One Is Immune From The Dance! After descending back to Broad Peak Base Camp to avoid some bad weather moving in, the team passes time making calzones and exploring other ways to entertain themselves while waiting for the weather forecast to improve. Everyone is ready for summit day…now they just need a good weather window to open up. Even though their supply of alcohol has been consumed, the climbers and their support team hold a hypoxic dance party with singing and even drumming provided by the cook staff. Here in the Karakorum, a kerosine canister makes a pretty good drum in a pinch. Later, the team resumes the climb and head back up to Camp 2 to get in some more altitude before summit day. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 25:49 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:49 — 145.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:49 — 429.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 192: JENGA!

If You Pour It, They Will Come. The Field Touring Alpine Broad Peak Team decides to hold an open house at BP base camp and share what’s remaining of their liquor cache with the other teams climbing the mountain. As a side note, if you mention that you are going to hold a party at base camp – with alcohol –  you inevitably discover scores of friends you never knew you had…you also discover that said friends can perform weird tricks and (poorly) tell bad jokes. After the wild rumpus is over, the team heads back up the mountain and Brian, Chris & Ben narrowly avoid an avalanche below Camp I. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 29:01   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:01 — 179.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:01 — 506.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 191: Landing The MI-17

WHOP WHOP WHOP WHOP. In order to let the avalanche danger on Broad Peak settle down a bit, Brian and the rest of the team spend some quality time at their home-away-from-home; Base Camp. In addition to entertaining themselves with the familiar base camp electronics like iPods, DVD players and laptops…the team kicks it old-school with favorites Jenga and Monopoly. This is easier said than done since the floor of the dining tent is uneven rock and glacial ice! Later, it becomes clear that one of the trekkers associated with Brian’s climbing team has become stricken with a bad case of Acute Mountain Sickness. Since the best treatment for AMS is descent to lower altitude, and Broad Peak Base Camp is at least an 8-day walk from the nearest medical facilities, a helicopter evacuation is ordered. But not your typical helicopter this time. No, en route to Broad Peak is an enormous Russian MI-17 “flying bus” that can hold up to 30 people! A mad rush ensues to secure tents and belongings so that the rotor wash from the chopper doesn’t blow Base Camp from the face of the Baltoro Glacier. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 27:14 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:13 — 160.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:13 — 477.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe:...

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Episode 190: 5 Dudes in a Tent

Tickling The Mountain. The warm-up to K2 continues as Brian and the rest of the Broad Peak team establish Camp 1 by setting up tents and caching gear. The glorious, sunny and windless days have ended and some bad weather descends on the climbers forcing them back to base camp for a few days. Although they’re able to emerge from BC and ascend back to Camp 1 for an night of acclimatization, their plans to make a carry to Camp 2 are delayed due to avalanche danger from a fresh snowfall. No problem though, it’s all part of the climb. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 33:08 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:07 — 189.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:07 — 554.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 189: Practice Makes Perfect

Before You Can Go Up, You Must Learn To Come Down. Guides Ben, Rob and Brian continue showing their clients “the ropes” with an ascending and descending fixed lines workshop beneath Broad Peak. The weather continues to be cloudy yet unusually warm and windless. It all feels very enjoyable, like spending an afternoon at the beach. Except, of course, the water is in the form of ice & snow and the sand is in the form of rock belonging to the world’s 12th highest mountain. But other than that, exactly like an afternoon at the beach. Jon Miller Total Running Time: 23:05 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:04 — 95.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:04 — 268.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 188: Throwing Rocks

The Climb Begins! Brian Block and several members of his large group have arrived at Broad Peak base camp and begin the initial stage of the long climb to the 8051m/26,414′ summit. The weather is unusually calm and warm and they take advantage of it by conducting a mini ascending and descending workshop for their climber-clients. The Broad Peak team is a large commercial expedition, and it’s a good idea for the guides to get a feeling for the experience their clients have when it comes to working with fixed lines. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon! Jon Miller Total Running Time: 24:29 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:29 — 130.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:29 — 388.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Episode 187: Concordia

  There She Is. The team is nearly finished with the approach trek to Broad Peak and K2 and finally reach the camp at Concordia. Concordia is a hub of sorts in the region as it sits at the confluence of the Baltoro Glacier and Godwin-Austen Glacier, between the base camps of several 8000m and 7000m peaks including K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Broad Peak (8051) and Gasherbrum II (8034m). That’s right, from Concordia you can gaze upon four 8000m peaks in the immediate vicinity while stradelling two of the world’s largest glaciers! Speaking of viewing peaks, from their brief visit at Concordia, the team is able to get a rare, cloudless and unobstructed view of their objectives, K2 and Broad Peak. It’s an amazing sight and the weather is so astonishingly perfect, they wish they were up on K2’s  summit ridge NOW! Jon Miller Total Running Time: 23:59 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:59 — 113.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast (the-rest-of-everest-hd): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:59 — 341.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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