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 World Summit's Everest 2001 North Ridge Expedition

Dispatch One: Everest, the mountain of many dreams and many failed dreams. We decided to send a team to try and climb the North ridge this spring. The team consists of a real mix match of people, two from the US, one 55 yr old from England, a few 'other' Brits and a guy called Neil Hornett. Neil is 21 and is trying to climb the route without oxygen to try and be the youngest guy to do so. The team is here to support his effort so we hope that he does OK.

Ian, the leader, flew out to Kathmandu on the 18th March to finalize the details for the expedition.  On arriving he was warmly welcomed by some old friends who live there and spent the first day and night having fun. His main role is not to guide the expedition, because we don't believe that 8000ers can be guided, however he is there as the coordinator.

We have employed one local Sherpa who is a family friend called Purna Sherpa. He is a very strong Sherpa and I am sure that he will be a great asset to the team. Ian has been able to secure all the necessary permits for our satellite phones and our radios and he is doing such a good job with the management of the expedition there is not a lot for me to worry about back home in the UK.

The expedition freight turned into a bit of a nightmare when we were quoted a cost for each kg and then once everything was packed we were informed that the cost was per cubic kg?? Doubled the price, however it was worth it when I sent the kit from Kent, UK on the 21st and it was in Kathmandu on the 22nd!

Anyway the main team flies on the 25th March and so I'll let you all know what's happening then, 

Mark Lewis Director World Summits Ltd

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