Nelson's Oyster Man smoked oysters at the Peak Freaks Base Camp of Mount Everest (elevation 5

Nelson’s Oyster Man makes it to Everest

A Nelson company is preparing to get a shot at having its product perched at the earth’s highest peak

As Nelson’s Tim Rippel gets prepared for a push to the summit of Mount Everest, a local company is preparing to get a shot at having its product perched at the earth’s highest peak.

Rippel’s Peak Freaks guiding company is currently preparing its 2012 Everest team at the Peak Freaks base camp in Nepal. This year marks the local guide’s 12th trip to Everest and this time he is packing a well known local taste with him.

“The Oyster Man’s smoked oysters are a favorite to some of our climbers, Tim in particular,” said Becky Rippel, Tim’s wife who handles Peak Freaks communications and logistics from her base in Nelson. “It is good nourishment in this harsh environment in a small compact can. The plan is for Tashi Sherpa, our Sirdar (head of the climbing Sherpa team) to take it to the summit of Everest in about two weeks from now if not sooner for a photo and snack.”

The current Peak Freaks Everest expedition team consists of 12 nationals from Australia, Cyprus, Norway, Canada and South Africa. This year Rippel is also being joined by two experienced mountain guides, Marty Schmidt from New Zealand and Joshua Jarrin from Ecuador.

The team arrived in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, on March 28. They walked for eight days up the Khumbu Valley to reach Everest Base Camp. Since that time they’ve been doing their acclimatization routines and safety practices the past few weeks. They are now at Camp 2 (6,500 m), and on Friday moved up to Camp 3 and then retreat all the way back to base camp to rest and watch the weather. They will wait till the ideal window of weather opportunity presents itself and then they will make a summit push. They are looking at possibly the week of May 12, if not sooner.

“Our team had an early morning start getting in under the extreme winds that have now moved down lower on the mountain tonight hammering Camp 2 pretty good,” Rippel wrote in his blog on Sunday.

“We are happy with our action once again playing with what we’re given up here in this extreme environment. In particular we are all very happy with how Marty and Joshua have been providing fantastic support to the team. They’re solid team builders offering encouragement and go above and beyond in making sure everyone is safe, I’m very proud to have both of them onboard with Peak Freaks this season.”

Rippel has been a professional mountain guide for 21 years in the Himalayas. He has lead 41 expeditions in total, including the 12 to Mount Everest.

You can follow the Oyster Man oysters up the mountain by heading to www.peakfreaks.com or http://peakfreaks.com/everestnews2012.htm

 

Just Posted

Trafalgar student hit by car while walking to school

The 13 year old lost two teeth and suffered head injuries

Expedia: Nelson is historic and hoppin’

The travel website put Nelson on two best-of lists for its history and beer

Faust faces challenger in RDCK Area E

In Area F, Tom Newell is elected by acclamation

New tennis courts opening Saturday at LVR

The multi-sport facility will be open to the public

Mayoral races in Kaslo, Silverton, Salmo, and New Denver

Slocan mayor acclaimed for second term

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read