Greetings from Colorado! Jon
here. Sorry it has been nearly a week since I last emailed everyone.
Well, we made it home safe
and sound. It's just past 11pm on Sunday night as I write this, and I'm
sitting on the couch in my living room. Ben and his roommate Don just left, we
had a little get-together over here at my house to celebrate the homecoming.
Ben and I arrived back in
Denver at around 4:30pm yesterday after 2 days of sitting on airplanes! As we
entered the baggage claim we found a number of television news cameras waiting
for us and Ben gave 3 interviews which aired on various stations. Many people
here in Colorado were watching.
Ben's doing so much better
than he was one week ago. It's just difficult to recuperate quickly from the
exhaustion of Everest when you throw a ton of jet-lag on top of it all! The
international travel we've done really messes with your internal clock.
According to the clock, we actually landed in Denver one hour earlier than we
left Tokyo yesterday! Ah, the fun of crossing the international dateline...
Ben spent many hours of the
flight from Tokyo to San Francisco writing his next dispatch. I grabbed a few
quick glances and I think you're all going to enjoy it very much.
No, we're not done
documenting this climb yet. Ben's got quite a bit more to say about this whole
experience and I've got some more videos on their way to your inboxes. Just
give us a little more time to rest up and then we'll send everything your way.
I think you'll particularly enjoy the video I'm editing on life at Base Camp.
Also, here's some important
information for everyone. No, we were not involved in the helicopter crash at
Everest a few days ago. The crash occurred on the South side of the mountain,
in Nepal. Ben and I lived and climbed on the North side, in Tibet. We didn't
know any of the injured or killed people. Didn't even know it happened until
we saw the report from our hotel in Kathmandu.
So, rest easy everyone, we're
both just fine.
You'll be hearing from us