NOLS senior field instructor, Rocky Mountain River Base Manager, and Expedition Denali team member Phil Henderson made his way through Nepal late last month en route to Mount Everest.
He is working with a team of North Face athletes and researchers, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent to the peak.
“With this being my fourth trip to the Khufu region of Nepal, I thought I knew what to expect. I have always come here in the winter, so to see wild flowers in bloom and the Magnolia trees blooming as well is a bit different. NOLS graduate Pasang Chuttin Sherpa has proudly displayed her NOLS diploma on the wall of her mother’s tea house and lodge. Pasang is joining another expedition to Mount Everest this season, so I hope to see her on the mountain. Arrived in Namche Baazar on market day which is always a treat. We should end our long trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) soon. Sad to have missed Bahati’s [Phil’s daughter] fourth birthday yesterday, I was able to call though.”