Stephen Koch and Jimmy Chin will
attempt to snowboard Everest this Autumn. They plan to
climb Everest via the Hornbein route and then
descend via the Hornbein. They will travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa then to Everest base camp on the
North (Chinese). Eric Henderson is the base camp
Dispatch Two: After six days in Kathmandu, we are finally
leaving for Tibet, China. The past six days have been filled with a patch work
of tasks. Together as a team we have explored the religious make up of
Kathmandu, ridden in countless rickshaws down unknown streets, and pushed the
limits of our bellies. Only one case of the Mandu belly to date.
Kathmandu is a place of peace and organized chaos.
Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians living together in a well balanced
state of harmony. As one walks down the street it is hard not to become
captivated by chanting monks, swirling incense and loud ass car horns. This
morning as the city awoke we met with Lama Thulkhu, a seventh generation
reincarnated Lama, who blessed our team. He performed a puja on our prayer
flags and gave us all a personal blessing. We are ready for the next stage of
As the cook on this expedition my days have been filled with
wandering down mysterious streets looking for the best shops, with the best
products. Lakpa Sherpa and I have been packing two months worth of food and
supplies. Plus enough kitchen supplies to run a small noodle house in Victor,
Idaho. Everything is packed and ready to be loaded into the land cruisers.
We were ready for departure two days ago, but there is
always something that comes up. In this case it was a hold up with the Chinese
visas for our two new teammates. Kami Sherpa and Lakba Sherpa who are both
veteran Everest summiters, with a wealth of knowledge. They will be helping
out at basecamp. We now have the visas, and plan on leaving in the morning
Kathmandu has been wonderful but this not why we are here.
The team is ready for our five day acclimatization drive through the Tibetan
landscape, and eager to get into the big mountains. Stand by for our next few
days of yak tea, and slow climb to elevation.
Stephen Koch' Autumn Everest 2003 expedition