Five Utah mountain climbers hope to scale two Himalayan peaks and visit the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal during November and December.
John R. Reed, 40, the oldest member of the group and the last one to leave Utah, said goodbye Saturday morning to his wife, Vickie, and their two sons, Christopher, 7, and Adam, 18 months, and boarded a plane to begin his seven-week adventure. He flew to Seattle, Wash., then to Bangkok, Thailand, and on to Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, where he will meet the others.The group will have to hike about four days to Lobuche before they can start their climb up Lobuche Peak. Reed said the five will begin their climb about Thursday, Nov. 8. "The climb and the descent will take three to four days, depending on the weather," he said.
"We will trek to the Mount Everest base camp - just to see it and experience it - and then walk to Amadablam Peak, which we will begin climbing about Dec. 1."
He said the group expects to reach the top of Amadablam Peak in 10 days. "I will probably be back in Salt Lake City Dec. 20," he said.
Reed is superintendent of mechanical operations for Salt Lake County.
He said he started rock and mountain climbing in 1975 when he was 25.
The others in his group are Chris Noble and his wife, Marjie, of Sandy, both professional photographers who left Utah Friday; and Conrad Anker and Lance Bateman, both of Salt Lake City and both climbing guides who left for Nepal Oct. 23.
Lobuche Peak is more than 17,600 feet high, and Amadablam Peak is 22,350 feet high.