From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network
Today is a day of organizing and hopefully a little relaxing. After bringing more than 600 kilos of equipment to Mount Everest Basecamp, it's time to make sure everything gets back home. So the team will be going through everything, packing and repacking equipment and personal gear. Later, a little more exploring of the nearby sections of Kathmandu. The Yak and Yeti hotel has been great. The staff and facilities are exceptional.
A word from Dr. Bruce Johnson
Expeditions like this are exciting and challenging, but I would say the study was very successful. The team did an outstanding job - working when tired and sick; the connections with The North Face and National Geographic while here have been great; and the only thing that could make it better would be the summit attempt within the next two weeks. Things are dicey on the mountain and many of the key groups have pulled out for the year due to the dangers of the icefalls, lack of snow, rock falls, etc. Our old friends the Benegas Brothers (guides that brought us up Aconcagua two years ago) are in base camp and in the thick of fixing ropes, planning, etc. to get key people to the top. There are some last minute pushes to unite Conrad Anker with a North Face Italian climber - permits are pending. Hopefully this will all work out. We have lots of data and will begin the process of analysis and manuscript writing as soon as we get back.