The Pictures! →
Hello All, Annette and I finally got to some of the pictures from my Everest trip and posted them here. Hopefully we can get to the rest soon. To give you an update on my situation… my move and job hunt to the Denver area is going well. Thanks again for all the support and good wishes. Joe
One Month Early
Hello Family, Friends, Supporters and Followers, First let me say thank you for all your good wishes and support of not only me but Annette during my journey! It is comforting to feel the support of so many gracious people. I returned home this past weekend safe and sound but a little worse for wear one month earlier than expected. Since the official announcement of the decision that our...
Himex - Additional Everest Newsletter →
There have been dozens of questions about the cancellation of Joe’s expedition. This is a new post that Himex has done in response to much of that. There are definitely many questioning the decision to cancel, since other teams have remained and pushed up the mountain. We may never know if the decision was the “right” one, regardless of if others summit or not. But I hope that...
Himex Everest Newsletter #17 - Final Issue →
The official newsletter from Himex describing the issues and reasoning for the cancellation for the rest of the trip.
Just got word from The Joe that Russel has cancelled the rest of the expedition. So sad but I’m sure it’s the right call. Will give more info when I get it… ~ Netty
The last thing I expected was that you wouldn’t have enough snow. Bummer. Hope you’re finding enough things to distract you in your downtime. Did you bring War & Peace to read? LOL :) Go Team Yeti!
Himex Everest Newsletter #16 →
Waiting game now…we need snow!
Back at Everest Base Camp
We are back at Everest Base camp after our first ascent up part of the mountain, which was amazing. We got up hours before dawn last Thursday and headed out of base camp. Going through the Khumbu ice fall – in the dark – was very spooky. I felt extremely good on the climb and arrived at Camp 2 among the first few people. While we were climbing, it was very crazy to see the avalanches that were...
Update from the Carney's
Update on The Joe (from the family member of another climber): They are still (as of yesterday) at Camp 2. There were 40+ mph winds so they hadn’t yet made it to Camp 3, they were trying to find a good route. The group took a little walk over to Lhotse to keep the body moving and help acclimatization. They did not yet have an updated plan/schedule, so will let you know as soon as I hear! ...
Himex Everest Newsletter #15 →
Latest update from Himex, The Joe and teams are doing well! ~ Netty
Himex Everest Newsletter #14 →
The Joe has successfully made it to Camp 2!!! ~ Netty
Time to get serious...
Am very pleased to say it’s time to get down to business! Today at 1:00 am we are heading out of Everest base camp, through the Khumbu icefall, past camp 1 and on to camp 2. We will spend four nights there, then move up to camp three, spend one night there, then return to camp 2 for a night, then back down base camp. I cannot tell you how ready many of us are to get going, and will keep as...
Himex Everest Newsletter #12 →
XS Post →
The XS Energy Drink blog has done a little profile on me!
The Waiting Game...
So we have been back at Everest base camp for a few days now, and should have started moving up through the Khumbu icefall towards Camp 1 already. Unfortunately, there is some bad weather up high, and our sherpas are unable to push ropes farther up the mountain at this time. This also affects the icefall a bit, so we are in a holding pattern for a few days while we track the weather. We may be...
Bumping into legends...
Attended a little gathering in the white pod last night back here at Everest base camp. Conrad Anker and Cory Richards were in attendance (their current expedition to Everest seeks to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition, almost 50 years after that first American ascent to the summit, and is sponsored by The North Face and National...
Hope you are doing well back home while your man is here guiding me up Mt. Everest! ~ The Joe
Himex Everest Newsletter #11 →
Himex Everest Newsletter #10 →
Lobuje Acclimatization Updates from The Joe...
Been having a hard time with communications here. Have called and texted a few notes to Annette when I can get through, here are some updates on our status: Monday 4/16: departed Lobuje base camp and arrived at Lobuje camp 1 in just under 2 hours. The trail is a bit tough, for those of you that have hiked Devil’s Lake that’s how it was, and doing that in the huge Everest boots is...
I know you count down in age on your birthday, so how old are you now? Happy Birthday!
Happy, Happy Birthday Joey!! ~ Leslie
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!
Have a wonderful birthday Joe! It’s gotta’ be one of the best ever, and one you’ll remember for the rest of your life! Enjoy your day & happy climbing! Patti Winkler
Stay safe and have a blast! -Kristin
Joe, when you get back, we owe you and Annette dinner to properly celebrate your birthday! Until then, accept our wishes for a happy and safe birthday! Coleen & Frank
What an awesome location to celebrate your birthday! Bet the 37 candles on your cake will burn dimmer at the high altitude! Have fun. ~ submitted by Jay
Himex Everest Newsletter #9 →
Successful Lobuje summits!
Joe, What a great day for a birthday! You share a birthday with another amazing man that I know; my grandfather. He will be celebrating a milestone on this birthday, as are you with your climb! He will not be adventuring to Everest….he will be 95!!! Happy Birthday and happy travels: ) Glad to hear everything is going well! Heather & Rob
Joe will be 37 on Thursday - April 19th
Wishing Joe a great Birthday. Wish we were there to celebrate with you. Love Mom
Himex Everest Newsletter #8 →
Now that us climbers are out of the way climbing Lobuje, we get a glimpse of life at Everest Base Camp for this newsletter!
Himex Everest Newsletter #7 →
I am in the second group mentioned here, so we will be heading out tomorrow to attempt a summit of Lobuje/Lobuche for acclimatization!
Another blogger...and Yeti group!
This link is from one of the trekker’s on our trip, Alex. He and his mother did the base camp trek and will be heading home soon. His father, John, is continuing on the Everest expedition with us. The photo is also his, a great shot of the “white pod” and some of our base camp kitchen/other tents. ...
neelymichaelis asked: Hey Joe! I have to ask the most important question that everyone needs to know. Where does the poop go? I assume everything has to be packed out. We think about you every day and are sending good vibes. Andy and Karen expect a full moon at the summit. Seriously. Love to you.
Joe, I start my day every morning reading about your climb and how it’s progressing. The we’re all pulling for you to be sucessful and can’t wait for you & Annette to come over and tell us the entire story over a LOT of wine!!! God Speed my friend and stay safe! Frank
Himex Everest Newsletter #6 →
Rest Day + Training Hike
Wednesday 4/11 started as a boring rest day (again). I had a checkup with the doctor which went fine, and got in a shower which was interesting. We took a hike to the base of an ice fall which was amazing! Then, we ended the day with an amazing first time ever presentation Russel gave on his own “Experience” as he called it. This was a talk on his journey to where he is and what...
Joe, I remember when you first started climbing and when you taught me to repel at Devils Head. So crazy to think about how far you have come. You are a natural. Each moment you are a step closer to your dream. I’m so proud of you. You are an inspiration to me and everyone. Thanks for being an awesome big brother. Enjoy the rest of your journey! Love, Kristy
Hi Joe, I finally had a chance to catch up on the expedition, and all I can say is WOW! You have done some amazing things in your short life, but this takes the cake! I am SOOOO proud to be your cousin! But mostly just proud of you! Mark and I wish you and your team a safe journey first, but hope that you have the time of your life! I know it’s something I will never do, but I sure...
Settled at Everest Base Camp
We are on day two of four rest days at Everest Base Camp. I have a little bit of a sore throat from the gunk I had been swallowing along the way, but hoping it’s getting better. Overall I’m feeling very strong and my breathing is good, so very happy about that. I am in my own tent here and although it’s around freezing outside, this gear is so burly that I was actually too warm...
pwhitdog asked: Hey Joe do you remember how you started climbing? I do, we were following Tim to his work in Glen Ellyn and you were climbing those walls like a spider monkey. It's amazing how life has continued from that simple path. Good luck Joey and I'm following every post!
That’s a terrific bio in today’s Everest Newsletter that landed in my email box. I’m keeping the itinerary you gave me on my desk at work and follow the progress each day. The updates are great and the adventure looks awesome! ~Jay