Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal for the beginning of the
Summitclimb 2006 Cho Oyu Expedition Tibet.
This is Ryan Waters reporting in from a beautiful morning in
Kathmandu. I must admit that the news on CNN was anything but promising as I
waited in Thailand for the flight to Nepal. As if the aspect of Himalayan
climbing expeditions is not adventurous enough, recently the added bonus of
spur of the moment strikes, maoist road blocks, and shoot to kill orders in
the streets of Kathmandu has added a bit of a twist to the term "adventure
All that said, Mark and I had a smooth transition from the
airport to our Hotel via one of the authorized airport Tourist Buses that
dropped us off remarkably close to our destination. We hurridly toted our
100lb duffels along a deserted street to the hotel gates and were rewarded
with a remarkably quiet evening (for Kathmandu) perfect for catching up on
Today, it is business as usual in Kathmandu. So far there is
no curfew for today and it is nice to be able to walk through Thamel and see
the usual sights. Shop-keepers opening up for the morning, the odd street
peddler hawking Tigerbalm or necklaces, and the morning cup of coffe at
Charikusa, the best in town!
Reinhold is already here so that brings our team to 3 already
in town. Liga will arrive tomorrow and the rest of the members arrive on the
25th. Our plan is to leave for Tibet on the 27th. We are fortunate to
already have much of our gear in Tibet which should allow a smooth
transition and travel.
It is nice to be in Kathmandu and every street I walk down
seems to bring back a happy memory of past trips. The Nepali people are as
nice and welcoming as ever and we look forward to sharing another expedition
here in the Himalaya.
Thanks to all of our friends, families, sponsors and
supporters and once again thanks to everestnews.com, Dan Mazur, and Murari
Sharma at Everest Parivar Expeditions.
P.S. To my friend Cristina Prieto, the first South American
woman to climb an 8,000 meter peak (Cho Oyu) and the first Chilean woman to
summit Everest, who leaves this week for the Chilean version of Survivor,
good luck and try not to get voted off!
BERENDSEN, Expedition Doctor
Mr. BRAD CORR,
Mr. PHIL CRAMPTON,
Ms. LIGA HARTMANE,
Leader in Training
KRAUS, Team Member
Mr. MARK MERWIN,
Leader in Training
Mr. DAVID Oâ€™BRIEN,
Mr. JAMES VILES,
Mr. CARLO WAMBEKE,
Mr. RYAN WATERS.
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