went on this trip to be the Technical Advisor and
to stay in Base camp and relay messages while Ben
made the climb. Tuesday night (April 16th)
here, Greg Rinehart, Lindsay's father called us
and informed us that Jane, Lindsay's mother was
seriously ill and Lindsay needed to immediately
return to the USA. Jane had cancer that looked like it was
arrested prior to Lindsay going on this trip.
She was all in favor of Lindsay going and
no one expected this sad situation.
Please pray with us for Jane in the days to
come, as her current outlook is not good. As you
can see from the map and from your knowledge of
this trip from the previous dispatches, this area
is extremely remote and travel conditions are very
news started a chain of events that is now playing
sent a text message to the iridium phone for Ben
and Lindsay to call us ASAP and for Lindsay to
call home before calling us.
They called us Wednesday (April 17th)
morning at 2:30 AM.
They were in the process of planning how to
get Lindsay out and Ben was trying to decide what
to do about continuing the climb given the
circumstances. We didn't sleep much more after
decided to accompany Lindsay (with Sherpa
assistance) back to Jomsom where she will catch a
small plane and fly to Pokhara, then to Kathmandu.
Karma, with Nomad Expeditions in Kathmandu will
assist her in Kathmandu and see she has everything
she needs there to get on a flight to Bangkok,
then on to Los Angeles and Atlanta.
All arrangements have been made for this
extraordinary extraction and it is now in process.
Lindsay is safely on her way out of Jomsom, Ben
and the accompanying Sherpa guides will trek back
in to base camp. We
are really proud of Ben for his decisions he has
had to make. Our
only advice to him was to do what he thought was
seems to have done that.
morning (April 18th) at 7:30 AM CST
they talked to Anne, my wife.
They were at Kagbini? Or some such name.
The location is called "Camp" on
the map and is located within the red circle.
They arrived there after leaving base camp
at 15,500 ft, climbing over the pass at 17,000
feet and then started the descent. They have the
iridium phone and one or two Sherpa with them.
Lindsay is one strong woman, but Anne said
she was absolutely worn out from this leg of the
now (8:30 PM CST, 7:15 AM Nepal Thursday, April
18) should be on the way to Marpha (second red
is a grueling 8,000 feet descent and from talking
today to Dan at Mountain-Link (Dan was a trekker
on this trip who has returned) it is a very tough
day also. Once
in Marpha, they can rest and then the following
morning at daybreak, take a horse to Jomsom.
Lindsay will have to fly out from here on a small
plane to Pokhara and then on to Kathmandu.
She will rest in Kathmandu until the first
available plane to Bangkok.
Layover in Bangkok is about 12 to 16 hours,
and then on to Tokyo and Los Angeles, then
now, the plane arrangements out of Kathmandu are
tentative due to her arrival and full aircraft -
she is booked on standby at the moment.
If everything works as planned, she should
be in Atlanta Monday night or early Tuesday
can send short text messages - 120 characters max
- to the phone direct using e-mail.
They have to turn the phone on to get them.
We have sent enough to give her some idea
of the schedule and arrangements and have asked
them to call upon reading.
We will either hear tonight or in the
morning our time.
can tell you that Julie O'Neil at Mountain-Link in
California has been absolutely the rock in getting
things organized for Lindsay.
Mountain-Link and Julie have made
arrangements for flights, for Lindsay to be met in
Kathmandu by Karma, the Nomad Expedition Guide
Service, hotel rooms and all. Julie - you are
truly outstanding! I
am trying to act as a conduit for communication.
I get the iridium calls because
the computer is at base camp to lighten the load
and I call Julie and Greg to coordinate details.
We will keep you
posted on both Lindsay's progress back here and on
back to base camp.
Please keep both of them and the Sherpa's who
are accompanying them in your prayers. Jerry Clark
18/19, 2002 – Ben Clark:
tears, a restless night, knee-deep snow, and the
worries about the rapid spread of her mother's
brain cancer, Lindsay's walk up the moraine and
over two 17,000' passes was easily one of the
greatest triumphs of spirit and inner strength I
have ever seen in the mountains. The night of the
18th was spent at Kalo Pani reveling in the pain
and anguish of a hard, hard day in the mountains.
Were it not for the Greek and our porter
Khanshe the day would have been enough to will
myself away from this mountain. April 19 was a
better day. After
taking the 7,200' drop out of the snow and into
the dusty reaches of the Kali Gan Daki valley, our
small groups spirits elevated to epic proportions.
I don't know whether it was the four sugar
loaded soft-drinks we had with the tomato mushroom
pizza's or if maybe it was the fact that we could
finally wear shorts again, but it was certainly a
pleasure to see the smile on Lindsay's face as she
was riding a horse the final 40 minutes of the
walk into Jomsom as the Greek, Khanshe and myself
accompanied her side.