Text by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on a bid for the summit. Follow the team's Everest expedition in dispatches here.
Here see photos from the team's puja ceremony in which the Sherpas pay homage to the mountain deity. This is the starting point for all Everest expeditions.
Puja Lamas and drum
The team with Khumbu Icefall behind