interesting piece of trivia - the Vajra Hotel is owned by American,
Dick Bass, who was the first person to complete ascents of the 7
summits. (the highest peaks on all 7 continents). There is an oil
painting of him in the Hotel's Library. Nowadays, the 7 summits
quest is a highly sought after trophy by climbers worldwide.
We received an email from Andy, Ian
and Jon today. They are currently at Namche, the capital of the
Sherpa Kingdom at 3446m. They said they are feeling strong, and
judging by the remainder of the email, having a great time!
The Team had dinner tonight with
Jeff and Dave, friends of Dan's from Seattle. They were telling us a
little more about their recent "adventure". They were near the
Nepal/Tibet border when people dressed in Chinese Police uniforms
started firing high-powered rifles in their direction. The exact
reason for this is unknown. The pair speculate that because
smugglers and refugees were in the area, they were mistaken for
being part of the smuggling-refugee operation. They were shaken, but
uninjured in their escape. (see the previous dispatch for more).
Jay and Rex worked on the medical
kits this afternoon - we have a mini field hospital! It's very
comforting to know we can handle just about any emergency on the
Dan met again with the ministry of
tourism, working to get all of our permits and paperwork organized
as well as possible, so that everything is ready to go for our
planned group departure from Kathmandu on 3 October.
We sent 1200 kilos of cargo, mostly
food, to Lukla today, but the flight was turned back, due to bad
weather between Kathmandu and Lukla.
That's it for today. A big day
tomorrow with more Members arriving. Talk to you then.
Yours sincerely from all of us on
the 2002 Ama Dablam International expedition.
Thank you very much, from All of us