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 Mountain Experience Everest 2001 Expedition: Dispatch One

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. 

Mountain Experience Everest Expedition will be a featured expedition on EverestNews.com in Spring 2001 with full dispatches from the team.

Dispatch One: March 15, 2001, On flight from Seattle to Los Angeles

Greetings EverestNews.com!

Well, we're finally "on the road" and headed towards Bangkok, Thailand, and onward to Kathmandu. This is our first "official" expedition dispatch from our 2001 Mt. Everest Expedition, and we're all looking forward to sharing our adventure with everyone through EverestNews.com.  Although it's been an exhausting effort with our last minute expedition preparations, we're excited to begin our long journey to the base of Mt. Everest...and look forward to our ascent of the mountain that begins in early April. 

I wanted to thank those people that have so freely helped out and lent a hand to assist us, because without your assistance, even well organized trips like ours do not happen without help from all sorts of people, from friends, businesses, climbers, mountain guides, electricians, doctors, politicians, students, teachers and many other professionals and individuals. Without their combined efforts, we wouldn't be headed to Nepal at the moment, nor have the opportunity to share it with you through our EverestNews.com connection.

Finally, a full hearted "thanks" to our team's family members, who have supported and helped us all prepare for our adventure in many different ways. And yes...it was really difficult to say goodbye to our families when departing--it's just one of those things on a long trip like this that never seems to get easy.

Next week, I'll be able to forward several photos of our preparations in Kathmandu, our team and the local area. Kathmandu is a city full of intense contrasts and strong cultural and religious ties. I'm looking forward to seeing "K-du" again, and to see what changes have occurred since my last visit there in 1997. I hope too, to send you some more text files throughout the week, bringing you up to date on our activities in Nepal.

We're looking forward to sharing our expedition with EverestNews.com, and I imagine we'll have our share of ups and downs while on the mountain. Through our dispatches though, we'll try and minimize those "bumps," and keep our thoughts and reports focused on our task at hand; to safely and successfully climb to and from the summit of Mt. Everest. As a last note here, our reports will focus only on our own team, and we will not be reporting on other teams on Everest at the same time. We are mountain guides, and we don't view ourselves as reporters, nor do we feel capable of accurately reporting what others are doing on the mountain. With that in mind, we will share our team's experiences with you all, which is something we feel that we can do.

That's it for now mis amigos. Max and I are going to drink down another orange juice here on the flight and try to catch a little sleep.

Bye for now,
Jason Edwards
Mountain Experience
2001 Mt. Everest Expedition Leader

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