I arrived in Kathmandu this morning.
The flight was pretty much uneventful, which is good.
On the way in, SAS served us AquaVite, so I toasted my
expedition with this traditional Norwegian drink. It
brought to mind all of my Norwegian ancestors who have
inspired me to climb.
I'm staying in the Hotel Manang in the Thamel district
of Kathmandu. The actual Everest climbing permit
holder of record is my outfitting company here in
Kathmandu. The outfitting company is allowed to resell
individual permits for up to ten climbers. I met up
with Charlie and Chris, two of the other climbers on
my permit. There are two other climbers on the same
permit, two Belgian climbers who I haven't met yet.
There was supposed to be one other climber with us,
but he got frostbite on a training climb on Mt. Ranier
about a month ago, so he's not here. So there will
just be five of us hiking in together plus a couple of
We're all meeting with Reuters, the press association,
at 8:30 tomorrow morning for an interview. Then at
10:00, I'll be meeting with the local logistic
trucking company to finalize some details.
I've collected over 100 post cards for all of my
family and other people who have given me support, so
I'll be spending a good deal of today and tomorrow
finishing them up and mailing them out.
I haven't slept in about 48 hours, so I'm pretty
tired. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll be better rested and
can relate more of what's going on. Sean