• By Dana Sparks

Mayo Mt. Everest Team Checks In From The Trek

April 24, 2012

Tuesday April 24th - Update from Joel Streed on the Mt. Everest trek - "Ironic...while the Dalai Lama is at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, our Mayo Clinic team received blessings today for a safe and successful trip to basecamp. Here's a picture of Dr. Amine Issa receiving a blessing from Lama Geshe in Pangboche, Nepal." 

First view of Mt. Everest

Journal entry from Dr. Bruce Johnson, lead investigator  - "We continue to forge ahead as a group. The young guys are doing well so far. Our Sherpa guide has been outstanding and the porters quite amazing, carrying loads close to 100 - plus pounds, many of them teenagers. Our Sherpa calls himself Ang Temba Sherpa ... and has a long history of climbing with Peter Athans, Conrad and others. He went to the top of Everest years ago.   From a human interest perspective the path of a team like ours doing field work is interesting ... not easy. We have already overcome a few challenges with equipment. The athletes at basecamp are doing well now … hopefully we’ll connect soon.  Had a little altitude incidence with some Russian climbers where we did an evaluation and took advantage of Dr. Summerfield’s expertise and our medical equipment. Will be moving up to 14,000 ft. tomorrow..." --Bruce

Team photo at the Gateway

View this reporter pkg. about the medical expedition: http://bit.ly/Id5EWM 
(Broadcast video is available by typing 'Mt. Everest' in search box.)

Stay tuned - video updates will be available on the News Network as the trek continues.

Also follow blog updates on:   MayoCliniconEverest.com 
Twitter #mayoclinc #oneverest

Recent media reports for background information:

Additional links to follow the expedition:
National Geographic Everest 2012
The North Face -Never Stop Exploring
Montana State University - Everest Education Expedition