and RaRa noodles to everyone!
We are one HUGE step closer to the
top of the world! Gary Guller, Gary Scott, Nima Dawa, Namgya, Da Nima, Pem
Tenji and Karma Sherpa are safe and sound in Camp Three at 24,000ft
(~7,400m)! The team tackled the steep, icy Lhotse Face, and is now
enjoying some hot bowls of RaRa noodles for dinner. They will spend the
night re-energizing, rehydrating and contemplating the next big step of
their journey - the climb to Camp Four at 26,000ft (~8,000m) tomorrow
Despite previous acclimatization,
existing at these heights is quite difficult and stressful on their
bodies. The team (and all of us here at BC) continue to need your positive
thoughts as we prepare ourselves for the most difficult days ahead. And of
course, CTD continues to need your financial support as we embark on
bringing the important message of the abilities of people with
disabilities the top of the world! As always, we would never be where we
are today without the unwavering dedication of our corporate and private
sponsors, not to mention the individuals who have contributed in so many
ways to make this campaign a success.
Here at BC, we are crossing every
extremity possible and sending a wave of positive karma up the Mountain.
With each contact on the radio, we cheer on our friends and offer them as
much support as we can muster. We also read them the amazing emails that
are coming in daily. As the mountain saps their strength, we try to
replenish it with your words of encouragement. We also tend the juniper
fire next to our stupa as a continuous offering to the Mountain to allow
us safe passage through her door.
A true friend of mine, Anne
Duke-Shaw at the Texas School for the Deaf sent some inspiring quotes that
I think fit perfectly with where we are right now. Gary1, Gary2 and the
climbing Sherpa drew lots of inspiration from these words. Thank you so
you can DREAM it, you can DO it. - Walt Disney
Shoot for the moon. Even if you
miss, you'll land among the stars. - Les Brown
The greater the obstacle, the more
glory in overcoming it. - Moliere
It is good to have an end to
journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula
K. Le Guin
On that note, goodnight and I'll
be in touch tomorrow!
Christine Kane Base Camp Manager