By Dr. Jon Kedrowski
When climbing some of the world’s highest mountains, and visiting the world’s most remote ranges, an expedition is a series of events, and patience is a virtue. While most people are focused on reaching a summit, I like to settle in for the ride and enjoy the journey. While my goal is to climb and ski some amazing terrain in Nepal on the Flanks of Everest, and also climb part of Mount Everest again, I am also focused on making it to the Summit of the 4th
highest mountain on earth for this adventure. Lhotse is my objective, an 8000m peak at 27,940’. It is a mountain that is scaled only with patience. Lhotse is part of the Everest Massif, so I will essentially be climbing ¾ of the route that climbers take when they are climbing Mt. Everest from the Nepal side. My expedition, supported primarily by the team at Enerplex and Ascent Solar, Thornton, Colorado, will last until late May, for at least the next 6 weeks.
This is the first of my series of updates, brought to you by Enerplex, “Always In Charge”. I will be documenting my expedition from start to finish, and this first update comes to you from the Village of Luboche, nestled at almost 5000m/16,000’ about 10 miles from Everest Basecamp.
The journey I took to get here began now almost 2 weeks ago on April 3rd
. I flew halfway around the world to the city of Kathmandu, the city of temples in Nepal. After a day of visiting the city there, I jumped on a small plane and flew into Lukla, located in the foothills of the Himalaya at 9,600’. This is where my journey on foot began.
All along the way my goal has been to power my expedition with solar energy only. I have taken advantage of sunny days so far to use my Kickr IV Solar Panels to keep my iPhone and GoPro Cameras charged fully. For this first leg of the trip, I decided to take the scenic route over two 18,000’ passes in the middle of the Himalaya en route to Everest Basecamp, where the actual climb of Lhotse and Everest begins.
For now, knowing that I was only able to carry a backpack with overnight gear and essential items only, I didn't want to be weighed down on this first part of the trip. While we do have yaks to carry our expedition gear to basecamp, my scenic tour had to be very selective as to which pieces of gear I could bring. While I will be using a lot of different Enerplex equipment for the majority of this expedition once we arrive at basecamp after the 18th
of April, the Kickr IV and Surfr devices from Enerplex are all I needed for the entire scenic Acclimatization Trek over these passes up until I reach basecamp. I did fully charge my MacBook Air computer with the Generatr S100 at my hotel in Kathmandu before departing, but with efficient use of my computer in blog posts, I wont need to charge my computer again until basecamp, and that’s when I will start to share more about all of the different amazing products and equipment that will be powering this expedition.
Highlights of the trip so far:
: Climbed up and Over Renja Pass at nearly 18,000’, with amazing views of the Himalayas.
, Broke Trail with a strong team of fellow Everest and Lhotse Expedition Climbers and Crossed over Chola Pass at 17,900’.
I filmed lots of footage and documented these passes as part of acclimatizing for even higher expeditions. Without the Kickr IV solar panel, my iPhone and GoPro would have been out of power after the first day of my trek even before I had a chance to make it up the first 18,000’ pass.
What’s next: I will be taking trekkers to the top of Kala Pattar, a 18,200’ viewpoint of Everest, and then will arrive in Everest Basecamp on April 18th
. For full expedition updates, please follow my blog at www.jonkeverest.org/blog.html
Once I arrive in Basecamp, then the fun begins. Not only will I be using many more incredible products and pieces of equipment from Enerplex, but I will also be utilizing the Generatr S100 and putting it to the test when we watch movies on a projector in one of our dining tents. We are going to see if we can completely do away with our gas powered generator in basecamp in between acclimatization rotations up the mountain.
This is Dr. Jon Kedrowski, and I will update more soon from basecamp as we begin the climbing portion of this expedition next week.
Until then; thanks for tuning in, and remember #lifeisbetteroutside