Everest 2002 Expedition
27, 2002: British North Ridge Everest
FOR KATHMANDU: There's something overwhelming about
packing the last few bags to go on a trip to climb
Everest. It's no day trip ! Months, weeks and hours
of work and preparation, and just the amount of
thought gone into it, and now here I am loading up
the car to go to the airport. 350 kilos of kit in 7
barrels is sitting in Kathmandu now, 43 kilos of
oxygen bottles arrived from Vienna yesterday after a
last minute drama when they nearly didn't arrive.
Sunday morning was spent on the telephone to an
Austrian cargo official trying to get it moved ! My
support trekkers meet with me today at Heathrow,
they too are excited about their journey to the Base
Camp of Everest. Will Canning from Northern Ireland
is already in Kathmandu having flown in from Sydney
yesterday. And I thought I'd only have one small bag
to take with me this time on the plane - ha ! more
like three bags of 20 kilos each. Scared ? Excited ?
Nervous ? Happy ? Well, a bit of everything I guess.
To be honest it's been days of very little sleep, organizing
the expedition but also leaving Helen and Chris and
Richard with my company Adventure Alternative in
good order. We've got so many exciting trips coming
up and there's a shedload of preparation for it all.
So many good luck messages from friends and well-wishers.
It means so much. Who knows what the coming weeks
will bring, but it's nice to know that people are
rooting for you. Keep your head, I say to myself.
Thank you everyone. There was a famous mountaineer
called Alex Lowe, a very gifted man who sadly died,
who once said that the best mountaineer is the one
having the most fun. I'm not sure I fit into his
definition of a mountaineer, being just an
enthusiastic amateur myself, but I do plan to have
fun. I hope you'll have fun reading about our small
adventures in the coming weeks. If nothing else,
it's nice to know we're not out there just for
EVEREST NORTH RIDGE EXPEDITION 2002