is Jay Reilly, Expedition Co-Leader from
Summitclimb.com. I’ve just arrived in Kathmandu,
where Daniel Mazur and I, are preparing to lead an
International Team of 11 people on 7200m Mt Pumori.
also attempting a World First by placing the first
Nepalese woman, Maya Sherpa, on the summit! In a
fantastic season of record breaking we believe to have
set three in October 2003 on 6856m Mt Ama Dablam, by
placing the first Nepalese woman, the youngest woman,
and the first Finnish climbers on the summit.
is a crazy place! From the minute you step out of the relative “organization”
of the airport, it’s pure pandemonium! People shouting at you to take their
taxi cabs, young boys appearing out of nowhere offering to carry your bags –
then carrying them anyway, no matter how much you insist! Then demanding money
for their service! And all this in the first 5 minutes! The atmosphere – busy
as it is – is certainly not threatening. Nepalis are very friendly to
foreigners, and are willing to help in any way. It’s a lot of fun to ride in
the taxi to the hotel. The speed limit is 40kph – good thing really, seeing as
the roads are choked with cars, buses, trucks, people, bicycles, motorcycles,
dogs, chickens and the occasional cow! Oh and there doesn’t seem to be any
haven’t yet made it to Nepal, you really must!
preparations for Mt Pumori have started with a slight hiccup, being that there
is currently a 5 day “Bandh”. This is a strike called by Nepalese University
Student Unions and it affects the entire country. Student Unions are quite
politically powerful in Nepal, and when a Bandh is called, many businesses
will close and public transport will not run, for fear of retribution from the
students. The good news for us though, is that although this is a 5 day Bandh,
most people take it seriously only for the first day. So, our purchase of
1000kg of food, 3000m of rope, 40 ice screws, 80 snow stakes, and several
hundred batteries and gas canisters will go ahead without problem. So for
today, it’s relax, get over the jet-lag and explore Kathmandu!
tomorrow! Thank you from Jay Reilly and all of us at
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