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9/5/01  10:10am, Yak & Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal: Hi everybody, It's Todd, and I'm at the Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu, Nepal.  It's the 5th of September, Our entire group arrived yesterday, everything is in order, everyone is healthy and excited about the trip.  We did a gear check last night had some walk arounds and some some of the sights that are good to see in the evening in Kathmandu.  We've been having rain every day but beautiful afternoons and evenings.
We leave to morrow for the border which is I think an hour drive for us to Kotare, from Kathmandu, so we'll load all of our equipment, we have 80 loads and each load weighs 30kg.  That will be all of the food and equipment for our entire expedition, we'll put it on a great big bus along with 16 of us, 12 climbers and 4 Sherpas and head for the border.  There are a few issues in crossing the border at the time. There's one great big landslide about five hours out of Kathmandu on the road, so we're going to have to stop, unload the bus, carry for five kilometers all of our 80 loads and get back on another bus on the other side, and we have to do this twice before we get to our first night.  So we're going to leave at 5am in the morning and hopefully be able to make Kotare, and then Zhangmu.  Kodari is the Nepali border crossing area, and we will cross the Friendship Bridge, and climb uphill for 1,000 feet or so, to a small village called Zhangmu, and that's where we hope to spend the night, and then the next day drive up to Naalam.  But that is yet to be seen, it will be quite a journey tomorrow.  Everyone is out right now visiting different places, there at Bodnath, where the largest Stupa in the world is in the Buddhist Temple.  We'll have a Puja there, a religious ceremony to bless the expedition, in about three or four hours.  People are visiting Swamayabhu today, the famous monkey temple, that is thousands of years old, that is shared by the Buddhists and Hindus at the top of the hill, beautiful place, and then they'll go to Pashupatineth, which is the holiest place for the Hindus in Kathmandu.

Life is great, everybody is in excellent health, and they all say hello to all of their families and we will call hopefully on a day to day basis, and tomorrow's going to be a big day so somewhere along the line when we're trekking, we'll pull it out give you guys a quick call and let you know what it going on.  All is good on this side.

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