Dispatch Four: Dear
EverestNews.com readers, I hope this email finds
you and all your family, friends, and colleagues
doing well. Thanks again for the fantastic job you
are doing at EverestNews.com, reporting on the
adventures of Himalayan Mountain-climbing.
Speaking of which, our Canadian Pumori group departed early this morning.
Randy Shantz, Mikel Eder, and Robert Fulton and Jangbu Sherpa are on their
way. Richard Claude is trekking in through Namche. Its raining lightly now,
and they are just about to take off from the Kathmandu airport to the Lukla
airstrip, in a Twin Otter plane. We hope that the rain does not mean a lot of
snow is falling up high on Pumori, which is a fantastic and moderate mountain
to climb in March, but is known for avalanche danger in October (Ama Dablam
has no such avalanche problems in October). The four members were aware of the
October avalanche potential and of bad avalanches in the past (October of
2001, when 7 Spaniards died) well in advance, but chose to climb the mountain
via the South West Ridge in any case.
and Lahkpa Sherpa just below the crux of the Pumuri route.
The four Canadian friends are trying to take precautions, being very aware
of avalanche risks (one of them is apparently a trained professional avalanche
patroller in Canada), are carrying avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probe
poles, and Jangbu Sherpa, our secret weapon, and number 1 best Sherpa, who
reached the summit of Pumori in April 2003 with one of our teams, is with
them. We wish them the best of luck, and are keeping our fingers crossed for
them. They spent a few days here in Kathmandu, and were eager and excited to
be moving. They seem to be a very experienced, qualified, interesting, fun
group of climbers, who have climbed all over the world, including technical
Himalayan peaks in China on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. We wish them
well, and hope to keep you updated about their exciting climb, as they try to
send us news from various cyber cafes during their trek. So, we imagine and
hope we will here from them. They have many many friends across Canada and the
rest of the world, who will be tuning in to EverestNews.com !
|Good luck to the Canadian Pumori team!
Thanks again, You guys at EverestNews.com are great!! Yours Sincerely,
from all of us at SummitClimb.com