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Waiting in Kathmandu: June 4,
The weather here in Kathmandu
is warm and muggy, building up to the monsoon season which will be here
shortly. All of the expedition team members have returned from the mountain,
and are starting to head home to friends and loved ones.
Bob Hoffman continues to go
to the CIWEC Clinic daily for treatment of his frostbite injuries. His hands
are better, but the verdict on his feet is still up in the air. It is a very
slow healing process.
The team members who were
still in Kathmandu last night gathered at the famous climbing bar, the Rum
Doodle, for a dinner and the tradition of those who have reached the summit of
Mt. Everest to sign the “Everest Summitteer’s Board” Amid cheers and good
will, Apa Sherpa signed the board to commemorate his 13th successful summit!
He was followed by Tom Burch, Brian O’Connor, and finally Bob Hoffman. Bob was
allowed to sign one of the older boards in a space close to the signature of
his good friend and climbing partner Sherman Bull, who summitted in May, 2001.
Mimi Vadasz, who also reached the summit on May 26th, will sign the board when
she returns to Kathmandu with her family in October.
After an Everest expedition,
there is a lot of work remaining to do in Kathmandu to wrap everything up. The
Nepali Ministry of Tourism requires written reports, the Sagarmatha Pollution
Control Board needs proof of responsible environmental conduct before
refunding the bond that is required of each team when they are granted a
climbing permit. Every oxygen bottle that was brought into the country must be
accounted for and shipped back out, hazardous waste (such as batteries and
spent fuel canisters) must also be exported since Nepal has no facilities for
recycling. The Sherpas need to be paid for their hard and loyal service to the
Unfortunately, the helicopter
loaded with the team equipment, recovered trash, oxygen bottles, fuel
canisters – as well as the team Sherpas, has been delayed in the Khumbu due to
bad weather. So Bob, Alison and I wait here in Kathmandu for the helicopter to
Maybe tomorrow…. Stay tuned!
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