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Featured Everest Expedition: Team Everest '03
Reports


Lhotse Face from C3Namaste 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 morning.

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 much, Anne.

Juniper burning at BC stupaIf 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

Gary Guller, veteran expedition leader, Everest climber, author and motivational speaker. To book Gary

 

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