Everest 2002 Expedition
1, 2002 Kathmandu is quiet, the nights almost empty
of the usual revellers. On Tuesday a 5 day general
strike begins [Now delayed, see our news] and there
is an air of uncertainty. The Maoists are making
their presence felt and it is a strange feeling.
Tourists are perfectly safe though and we have been
busy preparing for our move into Tibet this morning.
and I met with Elizabeth Hawley, the Everest
archivist who is almost a legend in her own right
now. She told us that we can expect about 97
climbers on the north side this season with a big
Swiss team, several big commercial expeditions, some
Japanese and us. My oxygen and barrels are being
cleared right through to China/Tibet today and we
start our journey at 6am.
are 8 of us, myself and Will and six of the support
team - Simone Machamer from Alaska, then Dale Holmes
who is an aeronautical engineering student from
London, Becky Healy who studies anthropology in
Liverpool, Shell Coe on her year out soon to go to
Oxford to study French and philosophy, Tom McNally
who is soon starting on a photography course and
John Dowling who is doing a PhD at Loughborough
all doing great and enjoying some nights out in
Kathmandu before the chilly plains of Tibet.
Probably things will be quiet for the next week
until we get to Base Camp. It may be hard to set up
my sat unit in the various towns along the way. I
look forward to updating you when we get to the