Dispatch Two: Dear
I am pleased to announce that we
have one the best Sherpa Teams in Nepal!
I say that, because yesterday, we
went to the Pasang Lamu Climbing Centre and the results were fantastic! Each
Sherpa climbed, belayed, tied a variety of knots and received some self rescue
Their physical strength was evident
as they muscled their way up the steeply overhanging climbing wall - It's
little wonder these guys are able to carry up to 50kgs all day!
Maya Sherpa displayed some of the
finest technical skills I have seen. The fact that she has undertaken training
at Manang's Nepal Mountaineering Association has certainly given her the
technical skills required for a mountain such as Ama Dablam.
Gyalu and Shera, who summited the
mountain in 2002, showed their collective style in a relaxed, confident
Phurba Tamang, a former cook boy,
proved that he will be a very strong and competent addition to our Sherpa
Staff. He has been given a tremendous opportunity - to climb with people such
as Lakpa and Pasang, who themselves are extremely experienced, high altitude
Our Leader, Daniel Mazur arrives
today, along with a member who will join us for the trek to Ama Dablam
Kipa, our Basecamp Cook, has
finalized the food list - and has a few surprises in store. He recently took
some classes to learn how to cook Chinese, Indian, and Continental
cuisine! Kipa is a first class cook and can produce a chocolate cake from a
pressure cooker. These new recipes will be absolutely delicious!
Tomorrow our work begins in earnest
- unpacking the equipment store, repairing the tents that were damaged on
Manaslu earlier this year, sorting out clothing that has been donated by very
kind members and restocking our extensive medical kits.
We'll keep you updated on new
arrivals and what we're doing in Kathmandu.
Thank you for reading, from Jay Reilly and all of us at