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Ama Dablam Autumn 2002

Dan Mazur and his Autumn 2002 Ama Dablam Team

The weather was beautiful and sunny all day today. With the airport at Lukla re-opened after a day of rain, Jon, Andy and Ian flew out this morning. They'll be trekking to Everest Basecamp before meeting us on the 7th at Ama Dablam Basecamp.

As for the rest of us - Dan, Rex and Jay - we enjoyed a morning of having Murari Sharma from Parivar Trekking as our personal guide on a tour of the Pashupatinath temple. This one is a sacred Hindu temple with westerners not allowed inside the one part, the Temple of the Bull. Westerners are free to roam throughout the entire temple complex and extensive grounds, on both sides of the Baghmathi River, however.

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This temple covers an amazingly large area, and is where cremations take place on the riverbanks - it is also the home of the Milk Baba(a religous man who lives on no other food but milk), and the Baba who demonstrates his beliefs by lifting huge stones tied to his penis! Yesterdays temple was full of monkeys, today it was cows! After our walk, we were graciously entertained at breakfast at Murari's comfortable home, by his wife and sister in law, who prepared a lovely breakfast.

Our 6 climbing Sherpa crew's gear was thoroughly checked through today. It's important for our Sherpas to be outfitted properly and we encourage Expedition Members to bring along any spare climbing equipment they may have. Too many Sherpas are injured, killed or made sick by not having and using correct gear. By the way, they really on equipment donated by visiting climbers. Our climbing Sherpas are named:

1. Jangbu Sherpa

2. Tek Bahadur

3. Lakpa Sherpa

4. Mindu Sherpa

5. Galu Sherpa

6. Ang Shera Sherpa

We have climbed with all of them before. These are some of the strongest and most famous climbing Sherpas in all Nepal, many with multiple peak experience, including Everest, and we are very lucky to have them as part of our team.

Dan went to the US Embassy for a meeting with the very kind consular official there, in order to discuss how to smooth the way for getting visas for our Nepalese colleagues who wish to spend a few weeks visiting the states and learning about how we do things at home, without having to call his US Senators, etcetera. The hard working embassy staff looked quite swamped with visa applicants, during Dan's meeting, but they carefully explained the application process, to the letter of the law.

Dan spoke with the Consular official at the British embassy regarding how to obtain British Visas for our Nepalese staff who are undergoing computer training in Britain. The hard-working consular official made an appointment for a further meeting, and alerted Dan to a new regulation in Nepal that may prevent helicopter rescues taking place in remote areas.

Later in the day, Dan was in a meeting with Vijay Shrestha, the well-spoken Managing Director of Yeti Airlines. Yeti Airlines flies light planes, known as "Twin-Otters", they do not fly helicopters. This powerful man, a friendly person, is doing an excellent job organizing all of our small airplane flights and cargo shipping to Lukla, where our trek to Ama Dablam basecamp begins. Mr. Shrestha confirmed that indeed, since a helicopter fire and kidnapping two weeks ago near Lamidanda, a remote area of Nepal, it is likely that no helicopter rescues will be allowed from remote areas. The Everest region will, however, still be flyable by private helicopters. We are all awaiting, with baited breath, to see what the government final decision will be. Will Nepal become like Tibet, where no helicopter rescues are now, nor ever have been allowed?

Our day finally concluded with the last packing and organizing of the kitchen equipment, and then we topped it off with a visit to Fire and Ice Pizza, and a delicious Italian meal provided by our gracious host: Mme Anna-Maria di Napoli!

That's it for today. We're taking our Sherpas climbing tomorrow - that should be fun! Stay tuned.

Thank you very much, from All of us at www.summitclimb.com

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