this were not enough the storm that moved in on us
at around 14,000' feet caused mass confusion in a
20-degree whiteout environment that coupled with a
stiff 15 mile an hour headwind our empty
struggling stomachs and heavy lead filled legs
could hardly tolerate. With the first cloud splitting slice of
sunlight our cold grizzled souls finally spotted
our destination, Kalo Pani. When we arrived, the Greek and I were
greeted by hearty Sherpa and what we believed to
be the greatest cup of coffee we had ever had.
20, 2002 – Mike Styllas
was going really well among the members of the
expedition; all of us had overcome different types
of colds, diarrhea and other illnesses, until
fortune struck one of our members like a thunder.
Lindsay, Ben's girlfriend and our potential base
camp manager, learned the bad news about her
mother's health situation through an e-mail. There
was no second thought; Ben and myself were to
accompany her in Jomsom so that she could get the
first flight back to the US. We started walking
out with the ultimate goal to make it down to
Jomsom in a single day. That proved to be really
hard considering Lindsay's emotional and physical
situation since she did not get any sleep or food
since the time she learned the sad news. So, we
had to break the hike out in two days, it was
really amazing to see how this young girl was
fighting the thoughts of her going back home and
face a new reality. We stayed in Kalopani where
the Sherpa had left a tent. Next day we made it to
Marpha and then to Jomsom where we got some rest,
food and a warm sour.
morning Ben and I walked Lindsay to the local
airport where she took an early flight to
Kathmandu and then she had to take a number of
flights to make home. It looked more like an
odyssey to me. By the time she said her last
goodbye her eyes were worth a million words.
Lindsay we wish you all the best! For us
mountaineers life is like climbing a mountain,
full of unpredictability but we keep fighting.
Difficulties are to overcome!!!
was so weird being back down in Jomsom that after
a while we realized that we'd better push back to
base camp because our companions were already
working their way up the mountain. So that turned
to be the case, Ben and I trekked back to base
camp in two days carrying an unexpected heavy
load, but that did not matter. Better
acclimatization was obvious and we moved pretty
well. When finally at base camp we found out that
the rest of the expedition members had already
made two trips to Camp 1 and that Camp 2 was also
established. Everybody looked healthy and excited
since the main part of our climb had put into
effect. I was so excited that I felt that I didn't
need a rest day so today I made a carry to Camp 1
together with JJ and Olie. The weather remained
really good until noon so we came back right at
permitting tomorrow all the expedition members
will move to Camp 1 and maybe the next day do a
carry to Camp 2 and inhabit Camp 2 the day after.
As I mentioned before everybody here in base camp
looks strong and healthy and there is positive
energy buzzing all around. In case you do not here
from any of us in the near future it means that we
work our way up on the White Mountain.
Mike "The Greek" Styllas
April 20, 2002 – Mike Lindaas
are sitting here at Base Camp with a couple of
great days of climbing under our belts. The efforts just to get here were high, as
loads and the setting up on the moraine took quite
some time. When
everything was set, we had a ceremonial Puja that
has allowed the team to switch the focus. Up to Puja, our emphasis was on getting to
Base and being healthy. After the ceremony, we could start to put
all of our energies into climbing the mountain.
Puja was an exceptional ceremony where the whole
team participated and reflected on where we have
been and where we are heading. It allows one to focus on the here and now
and thus savor the moment of camaraderie,
beautiful setting, and challenges to be overcome.
route to camp one travels under and past a large
climbing is steep, but the team is up to the
challenge as we have pushed a ton of gear up the
camp two was reached and gear placed at the col.