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Mountain Experience Everest 2001
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.
from Kathmandu, Nepal!
on these wonderful pictures below!)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
it for now gang. Things are proceeding along as
planned, and tune into EverestNew.com again for
more trip updates!
2001 Mt. Everest Expedition Leader