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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

Read their dispatches from Spring 2002 here.

In the spring of 2002, Mountain Link will be leading a team of American climbers to the seventh highest peak in the world, Dhaulagiri (26,788ft.). This mountain is one of the true jewels of the Himalayas. While Cho Oyu is touted by many as an easy 8000er, Dhaulagiri, named "White Mountain," from the Sanskrit dhavala giri, has a reputation of being one of the more technically challenging 8000-meter peaks in the Himalayas. One of the more alluring qualities of Dhaulagiri is the lack of big commercial expeditions as only seasoned mountaineers seem to have interest in this formidable mountain. Most of our team are Himalayan veterans who have climbed together and have enjoyed success on peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Cho Oyu. Joining us will be a first rate team of five Sherpas, all close friends and climbing partners of Babu Chiri Sherpa, along with Babuís older brother Dawa. Babu Chiri was one of Mountain Hardwearís top sponsored athletes. Some of Babuís more notable accomplishments were his speed ascent of Everest in 16 hours 56 minutes and his 21 hour 30 minute stay on the summit, without supplemental oxygen. During Babuís speed ascent, Dawa left a day ahead and waited at the South Col for Babu. He then broke trail for Babu to the summit.

One focus of the expedition is to promote the Babu Chiri Sherpa Trust Fund. The fund aids in supporting Babuís dream for schools in his village, as well as, in supporting his wife and six daughters. Mountain Link and Mountain Hardwear believe this is a very important cause. We wish to help support Babuís family and realize his dream of building schools for his village.

The trust is through Mountain Hardwear. Donations may be sent to Mountain Hardwear 4911 Central Avenue Richmond, CA 94804 payable to: Babu Chiri Sherpa Trust.

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