Dispatch Five: Dear
EverestNews.com readers, A light rain has started
here in Kathmandu, settling the oppressive heat
from two days ago. Hopefully we will be to able
send some of our 1500kgs + of food and equipment
to Lukla tomorrow.
More member arrivals - Kirsti
Samson, an Airline Pilot from the U.K., Brian Rolfson, a Doctor from Colorado,
USA, Bryan Bonser, a Corporate Training Consultant from Japan and the USA.
Bryan is a good friend of Deno Hewson, who climbed Pumori with us earlier this
year. It's great to see Brian Rolfson again. He was on Ama Dablam 2002, but,
unfortunately had to leave Basecamp early due to a persistent illness. We
certainly wish him all the success this year! We also welcome Clay Chappel
from the USA. He'll be joining us on the trek to Ama Dablam Basecamp, then on
to Everest Basecamp.
Our packing is being finalized by our fantastic Sherpa Staff, I spent this
morning ensuring our staff have up to date equipment. This is a vital step in
our expedition planning. Too often, Sherpas are sent to high altitude with
insufficient clothing and many injuries occur. Our Staff are well equipped
with gear equal to any Western climber. Even our High Altitude Cooks are
fitted out with enough gear to allow them to be warm, comfortable, and better
equipped to do their jobs.
Dan Mazur Photo by Rudy Zuber
Another crucial step is restocking and re-organising our Medical Kits. We
carry a range of medications with us to cure a variety of illness. It's great
to know that we can handle just about any emergency! Some of our medications
will go toward treating sick villagers we encounter on our trek to basecamp.
Dan and I have found a little free time in the mornings to explore some of
the incredible temples Kathmandu has to offer. Yesterday, we walked about an
hour and a half to Boudanath Stupa, a huge temple at least twice the size of
the Monkey Temple.
|We've been having some enjoyable walks
every morning - enjoyable because traffic and pollution is low, and there
are lots of interesting things to see. This morning, the whole group
walked to Pashupatinath, a very important Hindu Temple on the banks of the
Bagmati River. Funeral ghats are lined along the riverbank and cremations
are performed here on a daily basis. Westerners are not allowed inside
this sacred place, but are permitted on the grounds and gardens.
remainder of the team is arriving tomorrow. More news of more arrivals
then. Thank you for reading and following our progress from Jay Reilly and
all of us at Summitclimb.com.