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 Mountain Experience Everest 2001 Expedition

The Mountain Experience Everest 2001 expedition: The members who summitted are: Jason Edwards - Expedition Leader; Deryl Kelly - The youngest Canadian to summit Everest; Maximo Henostroza; Francois Langlois; Dave Rodney along with 9 Sherpa climbers.

Dispatch June 5, 2001 4:35 PM

Hello from Kathmandu! 

Well, here we are, stuck in Kathmandu with tons of work to do before we depart. Lots of gear to sort through, and more importantly, government officials to debrief with before we depart the country. It's our understanding all such offices are closed for four more days, which is totally understandable under the circumstances. In addition, the military has imposed another curfew today, from noon until mid-night, which means we are confined to our hotel at least for today... there is still  lots of political actions around town (spotty), and even the US embassy is recommending that all US citizens leave Nepal ASAP (at least until things quiet down). Yesterday, Dave, Francois, Leo and three trekkers left Kathmandu, and Tuck, Max and Rob will leave tomorrow. I'll "hold the
fort down," so to speak, and wait for the government offices to re-open next week. We stay in nice hotels and I've got a lot of good friends to look after me here, so there's no worry...it's just a little boring. I've been keeping busy with some small packing (with what I've got here), and some expedition paperwork.

There is some good coverage of the activity here in KTM on the BBC and cnn.com. All of the news coverage here has been blacked out, so watching CNN and the BBC is our only link to what's going on around the city. There's no local TV or radio, so unless there's cable TV or Internet connections...our typical "information life" is a vacuum of blackness.

Stay tuned for my next dispatch, where I'll share details of our drive from the airport (don't want to do that again!). Also to follow, will be the details of DAY 1 of our summit climb, from Base Camp to Camp Two.

Hope all is well at home. That's it for now from K-Du! 


Jason Edwards
Mountain Experience
2001 Mt. Everest Expedition

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