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 American Everest 2002 Expedition

With a Ski Descent planned!

Saturday, 6 April 2002 from Kathmandu, Nepal

We arrived in Kathmandu yesterday after an uneventful flight. All the bags made it! The first crux is over. Nepal is in a state of emergency because of the Maoist rebels. All shops and restaurants are closing at 10:00 pm. This makes it very different than the normal late night atmosphere. There have been no problems in Kathmandu itself, but caution is advised. Adrian's departure from Kathmandu to BC was delayed by one day because the Maoists blocked the road to Zangmu. It was reported that one driver (Nepali) tried to get through and had his hands cut off. The area was cleared and they left today. We will meet him at BC on the 14th. 

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We leave for Lhasa on the 9th, spend two days there and then travel by land cruiser to Xigatse where we spend one day, then on to Xegar for one day, then on to BC. We had an interview with an associate of Elizabeth Hawley this morning. She is a mountaineering correspondent for Reuters News Agency and covers Everest climbers from all sides. Today we saw a snake charmer on the street and he let me pet his King Cobra!!!!! Cool!!! 

This trip would not be possible without the help and support of my friends and family. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Rachel, Ryan, Brian, Coda and all the others that helped out along the way.



Jim & Scott before they left at the the Denver airport: copyright Bill Fisher