Entries by Kirstie Ennis

Cotopaxi Summit Bid

September 26 & 27, 2019 Climb For ROMP The room was abuzz with excitement. Everyone was ready to go and wondering if we could just dodge the alpine start and head out earlier in the day. Of course, it was just wishful thinking. After breakfast, the team split up in to two groups — those […]

Climb For ROMP Days 4-6

September 24, 2019 I had every intention on sleeping for a solid ten hours last night, but it was only in my wildest dreams. If you have ever even spent fifteen minutes with me, then you know I run hot because I have surely whined about it. The worst is being hot at night — […]

Climb For ROMP Days 1-3

September 20, 2019 My alarm screamed at 4 AM, my daily wake up time. However, this morning was different. I had gone to sleep around 11 PM after having a get together with friends. I proudly smoked ribs for 7 hours, and served up moose steaks. It’s only natural to pair these things with beer […]

The Finale – The Everest Descent

The Descent May 15, 2019 Expedition Day 43 Summit Rotation Day 5: When I made the call to turn around, the sun was out and the royal blue sky was untouched by a single cloud. Actually, I would’ve greatly appreciated a cloud or two. Everyone was in high spirits and great physical health as we […]

Everest Summit Push

May 14, 2019 Expedition Day 42 Summit Rotation Day 4: The plan was to move at 5 AM due to Sange’s input of it taking us at least six and half hours to get to camp four — based on our pace the day before. I am confident we moved by 630. In our defense, […]

Everest Summit Rotation Days 1-3

May 11, 2019 Expedition Day 39 Summit Rotation Day 1: Sleep didn’t come easy last night. I made every effort to be able to rest. The last thing I want to do is go in to this feeling tired in any capacity. But as my excitement would have it, I was wide awake a bit […]

Everest May 9 & 10, 2019

May 9, 2019 Day 37: Being in camp one is kind of like being in the Twilight Zone. It’s the same things day in and day out. Sherpa are going up and down carrying their loads and foreigners are dragging their feet and struggling in the altitude. Your days run together out here, especially when […]

Everest May 5-8, 2019

May 5, 2019 Day 33: Another day where the winds were too much to really do anything with. Being in this valley, the sights you get are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The billowing clouds dance in the cobalt blue sky until they come just far enough on to the faces of the surrounding mountains […]

Everest May 1-4, 2019

May 1, 2019 Day 29: Today we were supposed to move to crampon point beneath the Lhotse face. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it made absolutely no sense to do so. The only route that was made out thus far was through an obnoxious amount of scree and terrain that […]

Everest April 29 & 30, 2019

April 29, 2019 Day 27: Christopher tapped on my tent at 3 AM to grab two of my Nalgenes to fill with hot water to warm up my socket before putting it on. Come 340 AM he was back, and by 4 I was ready to go, when he came back to let me know […]