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 American Makalu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch One: Greetings from the American Makalu Expedition,

Kathmandu is alive with life right now. I have just come from the airport where team after team is arriving for what looks to be a great season over here. I of course have been very busy getting our permit from the ministry yesterday. Today has been logistics. We are beginning our 10 day trek to base camp on Tuesday. All of our gear we will be helicoptered (most of it) to base camp below Bharun Khosi on Makalu at 5000m it is a different approach than I anticipated but of course the team is very excited about the idea. As of this afternoon, all the team is here. Cecelia has just arrived so we will all be under one roof tonight. We do hope to go to the famous Boddinath stuppa for dinner and a blessing from the lama for good fortune on our trip. We are very much looking forward to our trip and so happy that to this point all is running smoothly yet busy. Now I hope it is time to simply go climbing. Best Brendan Cusick 

Background: They are intending to make an alpine style ascent of the Southwest buttress, first climbed by the Czechoslovakians in 1976. There has not been a second ascent to date although attempts have been made. This expedition is a group of six climbers comprised of Brendan Cusick Leader, Carolyn Parker, John Kear, Chris Brown, Glenn Dunmire, and Cecelia Mortenson. If Cecelia and Carolyn are successful they will be the second and third American women to summit Makalu. They have significant equipment sponsorship from the North Face, Wild Country, Maxim ropes, Misty Mtn products and about 12 other kind folks the funds have been the hardest. 

"An alpine style attack of this mountain from any angle will be difficult. So we are very excited about pushing it. This has been my dream for ten years (I am 26) so to finally be getting ready to shove off is exciting. We have a very strong and dynamic team with a good mix of altitude experience and very hard technical climbers. This is what we will need for a single push in May. We will be acclimating for the month of April [on Makalu] then going for the top sometime in the second week of May. " Best,  Brendan Cusick

Leader American Makalu Expedition 2001 "in style" 


Update 5/18/2001: A family member of the team tells EverestNews.com, that after an unsuccessful attempt at the summit of Makalu, "all of the climbers left Base Camp this past Monday, the 14th, by helicopter. They are all doing fine."


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