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Mountain Experience Everest 2001 Expedition

The Mountain Experience Everest 2001 expedition will have 3 guides and 6 climbers on the team. The team, led by Jason Edwards, will attempt to Summit Everest from the South Side via the Standard Southeast Ridge route. The expedition will attempt to put a Canadian father and son team on the summit of Everest, with the son being the youngest Canadian to reach the Summit if successful. 

Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal!

(Click on these wonderful pictures below!)

We've just about finished up our preparations here in Kathmandu and have assembled over 6,000 kgs (about 13,000 lbs) of food and equipment. We'll run errands up until our departure for the mountains on March 27th, at which time we'll begin our 10-day trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp...more on that later. 
To date, Tuck, Max, our Sherpas and myself have put in about 7-10 hours of effort each day while we've been here. We have done everything from buying food, wrenches, parts for our generator, to "clearing" our oxygen with the Nepali customs agents. Our errand list kept growing for the first couple of days, but through our collective efforts we're about ready to depart for the mountain. 
Over the past several months, we've pulled together 12 of the best Sherpas around. All total, these 12 "Sherpas" have 32 successful summit of Everest, and with 2 summits of Tuck and Dave on our team, we have 36 Everest summits. There's no doubt that we feel very lucky with our Sherpa climbing team, as well as our base camp and ABC staff. I've climbed or trekked with many of these guys, and our close bond will continue to grow. I'll email later with more on our Sherpa team. 
Rob Kennedy arrived in town today, and will spend several days relaxing and touring the local area awaiting our departure. Francois, Leo, Deryl and Dave will arrive on the March 25th, and we'll be all together for as a group for a second time (the first time was during August 2001, where we did some training and "socializing," as well as a climb of Mt. Rainier (14,411') in Washington State). Four trekkers will also join us for our walk to BC. 
We're all feeling pretty good, except for me; I picked up a bit of a sinus deal. Not sure what it's going to turn out to be, but I'm taking it easy and taking some decongestants, so I expect that'll it'll pass soon. It's pretty hard not to become ill in Kathmandu. There's a lot of dust, dirt and pollution in the air, plus a lot of unsanitary conditions just about everywhere. All in all, we've all been pretty lucky. Max, Tuck and Rob are doing well. 
That's it for now gang. Things are proceeding along as planned, and tune into EverestNew.com again for more trip updates! 

Cheers, Jason Edwards
2001 Mt. Everest Expedition Leader
Mountain Experience

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