Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Back Home!

We've been in a big rush getting back home, and I haven't been able to update for awhile, as I have not had internet access. We woke up this morning at 16,000 feet in a village called Lobuche, and this evening my dad and I arrived back at sea-level in Long Beach! The rest of the team are celebrating in Kathmandu-- my dad and I skipped out on the celebration to make it back in time for my brother Ted's college graduation in New York.
The day after we summitted, we came down from the South Col (camp 4) to camp 2. I was very tired at that point, but glad that we had all made it back safely lower on the mountain. It was amazing how after being to almost 30,000 feet, 20,000-foot camp 2 felt like it was nearly at sea-level!
The day after that, we came back down to base camp, where we received lots of warm hugs and congratulations. We only had one night back at base camp, as the next day (the 20th), we packed up our bags and headed down the valley. Base camp had a strange, empty feeling-- it was sad to leave my little tent that had been my home for the past 2 months!
My dad, Doug, Wim, and I were hoping to get a helicopter out of Lobuche on the 21st to save a little time, but Victor and James decided to walk down to the Lukla airstrip to fly out to Kathmandu on the 23rd. However, even though we awoke on the 21st to a beautiful, clear day in Lobuche, apparently there were clouds lower down the valley, so the helicopter couldn't fly in until the 23rd either. It was kind of hard waiting those two days in Lobuche. We were just an hour away from a hot shower and a big meal, if only those clouds would clear!
Once the helicopter landed in Kathmandu, I was greeted by a mob of journalists and cameramen. I was so surprised! I thought maybe my story would be in the LA paper, but I didn't expect this!
After a shower and a short interview, my dad, Bo, and I said goodbye to Doug, Wim, Omar (who is the first Egyptian to scale Mt. Everest!), and Greg (who is the 11th? South African) and went back to the Kathmandu airport. After nearly 20 hours of travel, my dad and I landed at LAX and were greeted by my family, and some more news people. Now we only have a few hours before we jump back on a plane to go to New York! I am very excited to see my mom and brother though.


Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments and your support!!! I will write more about our summit push and what it felt like to summit Mt. Everest when I have a bit more time.

77 comments:

Blue the Spa Girl said...

Way to go!!! I am now going back to read this journal from its inception. What an inspirational thing you did here!!! How exciting.
I look forward to reading more about the summit as well.
Congratulations!!!!

1hotpepper said...

I have prayed each day and so happy you and your dad are back safe and sound. For some reason, your story made a deep impression, and I have check your site daily for your return. With tears in my eyes from a total stranger to your father and young lady starngers, my best to you and wish you a wonderful and happy life. Tony hotpepper1_@excite.com
Have a great Summer. Big warm HUGS all around.

jos said...

i saw the news on Yahoo about your climb. then learned that you're the youngest woman to have climbed that mountain. you must be feeling pretty good =)

congratulations!

Your Ultimate Survivor said...

Congrats on a safe return!

Welcome home.

Renee said...

WELCOME HOME!!
This morning on the early morning news broadcast from New York I saw that you and your dad were back home. Both of you had wonderful smiles on your face. All of us at LBMMC are excited and proud of the two of you. Can hardly wait to hear more about the adventure.

Renee Snyder

George said...

One can only wonder...what will she do for the rest of her life? Will she need to continue to have such prolific acheivements..you have so many years ahead...I wish you well in the years to come..you have set a fine example for the world's youth to follow!!

federich said...

Dear SAMANTHA:
Congratulations 4 your very impressive feat!
It's a very encouraging history to all people who need to "climb their own mountains".
I have a question: how did u to protect your oboe from the frozen weather!??

Chesley Chen said...

Congratulations! Our whole family read about you in the Boston Globe. Good luck at Stanford in the fall.

Pepe Lepew said...

Congratulations! Amazing! Especially for someone so young. I am doing my three-mountain climb Monday. Pretty measly by comparison.

ALISHA JOY said...

You really need some photos! I just met a man named Gary Scott who climbed Everest twice without supplemental oxygen. I am fasinated with such an awsome accomplishment as what you and your fellow climbers have done. Wow.

Sudeep said...

Namaste Samantha,we nepalese have also watched all your activities keenly and from near.Congratulations for your amazing feat.You are so popular here in Nepal.You are inspirational figure for teenagers here and also for others.More people here know you and are interested to know more about you.Today a article about your achievement come in a leading newspaper here...
So what are your future plans?keep writing in future blogs.we are interested to know
Again congratulations on behalf of all Nepalese people
we wish for your furthur success in your deeds
Namaste

Sudeep said...

Namaste Samantha,we nepalese have also watched all your activities keenly and from near.Congratulations for your amazing feat.You are so popular here in Nepal.You are inspirational figure for teenagers here and also for others.More people here know you and are interested to know more about you.Today a article about your achievement come in a leading newspaper here...very interesting!
So what are your future plans?keep writing in future blogs.we are interested to know
Again congratulations on behalf of all Nepalese people
we wish for your furthur success in your deeds
Namaste

Destinater said...

CONGRATS
I been reading ur hard work until " back home " publishes
neways this story higher my life expectations+goals also destination the whole lot ...

JERRY said...

Can't wait to see pictures!!

Callie said...

Congratulations! Been anxiously waiting for an update ever since I read about your journey in the Boston Globe. Way to go and enjoy NY!!

Kisurb said...

Congrads!! I read about your story through Yahoo!Korea. It is sad that there is no good mountain to climb here at Seoul! Eat good food and take good sleep- :)
Again, congraduations!

Sudeep said...

i think u are the alternate American Idol of 2007

CINDY NIZ said...

COOL, REALLY COOL!
LOOKING FORWARD TO A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COVER STORY.....
WELCOME BACK.

CINDYNIZ

TheThe said...

Amazing blog I must say. It's nice to know people are getting together with the earth again.

Amey Salvi said...

Hey u guys has done a gr8 job....
Congratulations......

Travis Thompson said...

Congratulations! Your adventures made for exciting reading. check out a different type of adventure if you get a chance at www.tcthompson.blogspot.com

Sandra Henao said...

Your courageous achievement has meaning to us all because we are all connected. Your determination has served as a powerful reminder that we CAN overcome tough times, whether those challenges are on a cold snow-covered mountain face or in our warm comfortable homes. I was supposed to go trekking to Everest base camp this past April but never made it there because I got sick in India and had to fly back home to Florida. The news about your summit has gotten me excited again about going to Nepal and doing that trek to Everest in the near future. Thank you for your inspiration! Have a great time at Stanford!
Sandra Henao - 'mountaineer' wannabee

Sandra

Sarah said...

so glad you are home safe and sound. see you on stuart. xxxo sarah and craig

Cooks said...

Hi where can i reach you by mail or phone I am producer of a sports show and i am interested in conducting an Interview with you about this very important achievement
many thanks for your prompt reply and Congrats
Corine

Murtaza said...

Congrats!

--Proud Stanfordite

ltlmomma said...

YOU ARE AN INSPERATION TO ALL HUMANS GO WOMAN HOORAH THERE WILL BE A MOVIE ABOUT YOU ONE DAY I PROMISE!!

Nord S Nation M.D. said...

congratulations on your world famous achievement. I am proud to know you!Keep climbing!

Mission Statement said...

As a Nepali I am So Proud of You Samantha!!congratulations!!!
I live in NYC....I would be greatful to see your bright face like mountation,Courage heart like Mt.Everest and friendly Samantha Like Nepal....God Bless you!
Sahadev

Mausam Dutta said...

That's a brave thing you did girl.I was relly impressed to know about your climb and pray for success on your future plans.I belong to that part of the world from where we can see the great Himalayan Ranges everyday and your climb will be and inspiration for me.

VeeZee said...

wow. this is completely mindblowing.
The youngest person to scale the everest. You are my hero. or heroine , shud I say?
what next? The moon?
;-)

sjjediknight said...

I am sure that you can't be more extastic over this awesome accomplishment. It is inspiring that in a world that contends that your generation is lazy and will not amount to anything, you have shown an example of what true leaderships truly is. Working with youth in the New England I have shared with them that they are not just the future hope of this country but are the answer right now. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

All the best to your future goals,
Jim
North Providence, RI

ALIM said...

NICE!

Mauricio Hirdes said...

wow... i'm a 20 y o and i will be in nepal in a few days and i'm still trying to convince myself to trekk to EBC... but you are such an inspiration! congratulations for your achievement!

best wishes from a brazilian guy in india

anand said...

never heard a first hand account from somebody who's scaled the Everest. liked it very much. read it with much interest. congratulations!

BOB! Your Life Preserver said...

I am so impressed. When I was your age I aspired to hike the John Muir Trail along the Sierra Nevada Crests...never made it. All the best in college. www.bobyourlifepreserver.blogspot.com

Kerry said...

Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment for anyone, especially someone your age. Good job!!

Nabeel said...

just write, no pictures?

CdMHS said...

Ross called me and told me about your amazing achievement. You are an inspiring individual, Samantha and I am so very proud to say that I have known you and that we made music together.

If you ever work at Arrowbear, we're letting you lead all the hikes ;-)

Val Jamora

Jacquelyn said...

Wow, congratulations! You are really an inspiring person and are a good role model for all of us! Best of luck to you, I am sure we will be hearing about more great feats of yours someday! And enjoy college :)

DZI BEADS said...

Great to find this blog as you have lots of fun and good time

womanwandering said...

Great to read your back home safe. Congratulations!

Mateus said...
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Rajiv Sharangpani said...

Great !!! Samantha you have done a wonderful thing. I am a trekker and was at Lobuche few years back. The memories came back.

Steve said...

Congrat!

ambarish said...

hey hearty congrtulations

well,its amzing

hats off toyou

Terry said...

I saw you on TV the other morning. Congrats on your achievements! It looked like your little sister wants to beat your record. We'll probably see her on TV soon again.

nikhil said...

Hey, great job !!! Congratulations !!!

Quite a demonstration of unwavering perseverance and spirit of tenacy. Wish you all the very best for path ahead. You are inspiration for many known and unknown, now.

Also congratulations to all those who were part of this whether active or passive.

many Thanks,

Nikhil

nikhil said...

Hey, great job !!! Congratulations !!!

Quite a demonstration of unwavering perseverance and spirit of tenacy. Wish you all the very best for path ahead. You are inspiration for many known and unknown, now.

Also congratulations to all those who were part of this whether active or passive.

many Thanks,

Nikhil

Pearl said...

Congratulations Samantha!
I was very happy to find your blog on this Everest climb. I have been following your progress and enjoyed your writings on this amazing feat.
Long have I been a reader of Everest summits and your blog was most enjoyable. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to hearing the details of the actual day. Best wishes to you, your father and all of your family.

DSD said...

Truly an adventurer at heart...
Congratulations!
DSD

Daniel Merker said...

Wow! Unbelievable! I just stumbled across your amazing blog and I am dumbfounded. Congradulations on Mt. Everest. I can't even imagine what it feels like to achieve such truly amazing things.

SportyChick said...

What an incredible, unforgettable adventure! We can all take a little inspiration from your feat. Congratulations (and thank you for sharing it with us).

Rimke, Netherlands said...

Wow! I just read in a dutch newspaper about your adventures and I'm very impressed. Great that you and your dad go through such a great experience together!!
All the best, Rimke

face2faceint said...

Well done!! What an achievement. You are truly an inspiration to me. I am so glad both you and your dad are back home. Thank you for giving me the hope to pursue my own dream of running the Great Wall of China one day. You are truly an exceptional person:)

Mandi said...

Well done it's certainly a huge achievement.
Green Blog

Anonymous said...

hi can you put a link to your dad's email here ?

i want to find out his secret for raising such a great daughter !

I am serious-- please put a way to contact him here --

A said...

Hi Samantha, I am a Nepalese student currently in Minnesota. I heard about you on NPR today and decided to check out your blog. Congratulations on your marvelous accomplishment and thank you also for spelling Kathmandu correctly (and not "Katmandu")!

Jennifer said...

that's really cool that you climbed it, congrats!

simon said...

If anyone's interested, there is an interview with another Everest 07 climber, Michael Dunjey, at www.cacophony.net.au

IggySingh said...

awesome :) truly an inspiring BLOG and personal journey account. CONGRATS!

ashwins said...

wow that was cool.did u see kanchenzonga other ranges.

Adrian said...

dude it`s awesome!!!
i hope you have picture from the top!
post them!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I just finished a fiction book about kids who climb Everest with a team. I can't imagine how hard that must've been! You're so talented and smart to be able to do that!

Sincerely,
Zi Li age 10, MD

Why Mike said...

Much love and respect for your journey..

Living Dead Girl said...

Congrats to you. I envy you. What an acomplishment and happy to know you are safe. You are a true inspiration.

Adrian said...

NICE!

Hennes&**Fina** said...

Welldone!! i am so impressed that you managed to climb everest and still be alive! it takes a lot of guts to do that, your a real role model!

Anonymous said...

Eres un prigao yankee de mierda
Viva España !

ALF said...

what an accomplishment! that's so awesome!

Anonymous said...

Samantha.......where are your pics and postings on your website from Denali??

Will you marry me??

Jon

Dev said...

wow! That's so cool! great job!

Kraig K said...

LONG BEACH CELEBRATES WITH FIRST PARADE OF CHAMPIONS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Congratulations Samantha and Dave and welcome back to Long Beach. There is a ticker-tape Parade of Champions scheduled for Thursday, June 21 beginning at 6 p.m. on the corner of Pine Ave and 6th Street in Downtown Long Beach. John Morris of Smooth's Sports Grille thought of the idea and wanted to recognize the individual and team accomplishments achieved by local student athletes and we would love for you to participate in this event. Please call John at 562-437-7700 or 562-896-1907.

Nitin Joshi said...

I have read your blog. You have done fantastic achievement!! I know how tough it is. I recently went to Kala Patthar and EBC. I was at Base Camp on 15th Apr. Imagining climbing the Everest from Base Camp is OK but actually doing it brings shivers :-)

My request to you is to write more details about your day to day progress while climbing.

Also, pl. visit my blog, http://kalapatthar.blogspot.com/

Congratulations once again!!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say how AMAZING i think you are! I'm from a small town in Tennessee and I would never think that I could actually climb a mountain much less the Seven Summits by the time i was 18. You are truly an inspiration!

Moka from mexico said...

Congratulations! Wow, :) you really impress and inspire me, i'm a climber too, but a beginner one (the highest I've been is 5,000 something meters in Mt. Iztaccihuatl, in Mexico, where I'm from) I read your story by accident in my sister's last month TeenVogue and i thing its so great that your dad had encouraged you to start climbing and now are father-daughter, I wish some day I climb at least the half of mountaiins you had,
ánimo.

ah! haha some courious fact; I saw your photos of the aconcagua in you page, and there's one where you are (i think) in the summit, and ther's a cross and in the top of the cross there's a sticker of the CAIC (the red and white one), the CAIC it's the alpine club i'm in it, I was really excited to see it up there :)

Congrats again!!

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David Ivorra said...

Congratulations! I've read ur great work in Magazine, a spanish weekly magazine.

Nice to see u are that brave to fdo it!