Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing at all. That’s how mountaineer Dave Hahn looked at it while waiting out periodic snow showers and cloud encroachment. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t time to venture up to the newly established Camp 3 at 23, 400 feet elevation either. It was simply time to wait.
So Hahn and his team occupied themselves during the snowy stand-down at Camp 2 or Advanced Base Camp (ABC) on Mt. Everest May 3, 2009. Sunday was scheduled as a rest day, so Hahn and his team whipped out their journals, I-pods, and picnic supplies to idle through the hours and recharge their human condition.
“I’ve long considered such skills to be the mark of a good expedition climber — the ability to do nothing, when nothing is what should be done,” Hahn said from the 21, 300 foot elevation of Camp 2. “For active (or hyperactive) Type-A climbers this requires an acceptance and a faith that there will be an abundance of physical abuse and over stimulated synapses, all in good time…like, say, tomorrow.”
The rest of the world following along on this climb, also wait to find out what Dave Hahn along with his team and Peter Whittaker are up to, as they reach for the summit of the Mt. Everest at its apex of 29,035 feet. Dave Hahn has summated Mt. Everest at least 10 times so far. This could be his 11th?
You can follow along with Dave and his team by reading his posts from Mt. Everest by visiting www.firstascent.com and click on the Blog tab. First Ascent is a new line of mountaineering equipment from Eddie Bauer, a traditionally legendary expedition outfitter long before they got into winter and spring fashion wear. We’ll be following up with the new First Ascent line of gear, and hopefully a visit with Dave Hahn in the near future.
By Rick Shandley