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Manaslu 2003: Jeff Justman Dispatch

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Manaslu, at 8163 meters, is the eighth highest peak in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal, and our team will climb it by the original route.

JJ’s Dispatch: May 23, 2003 - Jeff Justman Dispatch

The villagers of Sama were scrambling as the Russian Mi 17 helicopter landed. It was dropping off supplies for a new Gompa (religious center) being built. We found out who was chartering the helicopter, a Lama named Karma who is about to go to the U.S. to teach Steven Seagal Bhuddism.

Well, we asked if we could jump on the helicopter since it was empty. He said sure as long as we made a nice contribution to his Gompa. We did and off we went with the majority of our expedition gear. What was amusing was our Nepali Army friends didn't take us to the airport. Instead they dropped us off 3 miles from Kathmandu in a rice paddy. At first some of us thought the helicopter was going to crash. We touched down, the army guys got out and started throwing our stuff out.

I must say the Nepali Army was efficient because the covert operation took 3 minutes and they were back in the air heading for the airport without anyone knowing. Except for the 500 school kids that saw the chopper landing and were now crowding around us in excitement. I had to laugh because just imagine if a helicopter landed in your backyard in the United States. There would only be 10000 phone calls! But here no one knows...okay, except now!

The entire team is now recuperating in the many restaurants in Kathmandu. It was a great expedition. Shera Sherpa who was ill up at high camp is also doing well. Take care and we'll talk to you again one last time.

Oh and P.S. I just found out, Congratulations goes out to my friends Lhawang Dhondup of Mountain Link and Ben Clark who just summited Everest. Jeffrey J. Justman

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