EverestNews.com, Well, since leaving Kathmandu with the plan of
heading for Everest base camp a whole lot has happened... We
(Jon Briggs , Ian and Andy Prentice - aka the Prentice brothers)
arrived in Namche Bazaar on the 30th of October feeling really
good and strong. We decided to have a rest day in Namche, then
set off for Pangboche on the 2nd of November. Unfortunately Ian
awoke on the 1st with symptoms that indicated Giardia. Andy
walked to Kundie Hospital and got some medication from the
Canadian doctor Rod. Within 24 hours of taking the medication
Ian was back on his feet and ready to move again. Jon (Jock Jon)
had decided to travel the rest of the way by himself. we
(Prentice brothers) decided to travel to Tengboche and spend the
night and check out the monastery the next day - man, we landed
on our feet. Not only did we get to have a tour around the
amazing prayer hall but also have a personal blessing from the
head lama. This was a real privilege. We then left Tengboche
headed for Pangboche. we decided that rather than travel to
everest base camp it would be a better plan to focus our
energies on acclimatizing on Ama Dablam (AD) itself. The trek
from Tengboche to AD base camp takes about 2 hours on a good
day. The trek from AD base camp to Advanced base camp is about
another 4 - 6 hours with a total elevation of around 1500m
meters. Having done the trek four times climbing high and
sleeping low in Tengboche we don't care if we never do it again.
Having now met all the members of the expedition we can't wait
to get stuck into the climbing, the team are a great bunch of
guys. Tomorrow we will be traveling along with the group to ABC
and then staying over the night along with Jock Jon. We are
feeling good, strong and focused for the climb ahead. We look
forward to seeing our families and girlfriends in the UK soon.
That's all for now, The Prentice
Ok back to the group: Rex
Dougherty left Kathmandu ahead of the main group, and he and Ang
Galu and Ang Sherpa, two of our strong Sherpas, trekked up to
base camp to begin preparing things for the team's arrival. Here
is the play by play of what he did:
30 Sep: Ang Sherpa and Galu
Sherpa, and I left Kathmandu for Base Camp. After a spectacular
landing at Lukla we arranged for four porters to ferry our
personal gear and we left for Monju just outside the Sagarmartha
01 Oct: Wow! It's October already.
After a 'slight' problem at the Park Entrance (no passport) my
silver-tongued Sherpas got me inside the park and off we were to
Namche. We arrived about 11:30 am and located my friend Tsedam
who runs an equipment shop. He sent us to his sister-
in-law's tea house to spend the
night. There is a 7pm to 5am curfew in Namche for obvious
02 Oct: We were up early (not as
early as the porters) and left for Pangboche at 8am. About 15
minutes later after rounding a bend in the trail we were
presented with a spectacular view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse,
Mt. Nuptse, and the grand lady herself, Mt. Everest. Absolutely
words describe the view, it is
very spiritual. We arrived in Pangboche about 3pm and located
the tea house where our gear was stored from last year's
03 Oct: We arranged for 10 yaks
and 2 porters to carry the expedition gear and our personal gear
to Base Camp. In true Nepali fashion we finally got moving at
11am arriving in Base Camp two hours later and 4600 meters high.
This will be our home for the next 24 days. We had just enough
time to set up the kitchen tent and a tent for Ang Sherpa and
Galu and one for me.
Dal Baht for supper!
04 Oct: The entire day was spent
setting up the dining tent and the remainder of the base camp
tents for the members who will arrive on 7 Oct. It was
environmental day today. We cleaned up the yak dung and all the
trash left by previous expeditions.
05 Oct: We made a carry of
equipment to Advance Base Camp 5100 meters today. It took a few
minutes to locate the small trickle of water among all the
boulders but we found it. Lunch in an incredibly beautiful
environment and then down to Base Camp for a much needed rest
day. One last note...'Hi Mom'.
10/6/02 Dispatch: The team left
Namche Bazaar this morning bound for Deboche. Everyone seemed in
good health - Brain Rolfson had gotten over his stomach bug,
Wendy Larson was feeling more acclimatized, and Krishna Sherpa
was over his cold. Marc was moving along at a good clip. A
massive amount of equipment and food was hauled out by 43 yaks.
We use yaks at higher altitudes, as they are better suited to
higher altitudes and cold, than the yak/cow cross: "Zo".
Speaking of yaks, we had three
runaways today. They decided to go wandering down the trail with
some crucial gear - including Dan's bag with all of his high
altitude equipment! Kaji, our Sirdar (which means "Headman"),
managed to track them down in the middle of the night.
The walk to Deboche was
stunning, with fantastic views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam
and Nuptse. Most of the team visited the Tengboche Monastery and
attended the monks' prayers - even five minutes of hearing the
monks chanting gives great blessing.
Jay met up with Jon Briggs
about 10 minutes out of Deboche. He was on his way to Namche
after having been to Kala Patar. A 5500 metre hill near the tiny
hamlet of gorak shep, where one can catch a fine view of
Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, the awesome Western Cwm, and the
frightening great Khumbu icefall. Jon is already fully
acclimatized, and will meet us in Base camp in two days.
That's it for today, off to
Base camp tomorrow!
Best Regards From All Of US on the
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