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  SummitClimb Pumori 2004: Dispatch Two


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Dan Mazur
Dear EverestNews.com, Day 3 in Kathmandu and it appears the so called 5 day strike has been called off after just 2, due to mounting public displeasure! Bandhs have become such common place in Nepal that business owners and the public at large are fed up, with the disruptions and choose to simply ignore them!

Yesterday (25-Feb) was a quiet day, due to the bandh, which gave me a chance to really settle into the Hotel Nepa, and catch up with my friend Bidya Thulgar, the hotel owner.

I also took the time to unpack and admire my new MONT clothing. MONT Adventure Equipment is an Australian company and makes high quality clothing, sleeping bags and backpacks for climbing and trekking. David Edwards and the Team from MONT Adventure Equipment have been kind enough to outfit me to climb Mt Pumori. In return, I’m testing and reporting back on some new fabrics and designs they’re using.

Rex Dougherty from Park City, Utah, USA, arrived today! This is Rex’s third visit to Nepal, having been here in 2001 and 2002 on Ama Dablam. Rex and I spent the afternoon catching up, and with me prodding him every 5 minutes in order to keep him awake from the jetlag he was suffering. We did, however see a fantastic spectacle in the Thamel district……Indian Snake Charmers!! Three men creating music from crude instruments, all the time keeping a close eye on the 4 spitting cobras that were mere centimeters away, poised to strike. I’ve heard that the snakes are “de-fanged,” to be harmless to the charmers, but I don’t think I would like to have an upset “one of the deadliest snakes in the world” a mere 20cm away from my face!

A more subdued afternoon followed, with some help from Kipa Sherpa, we finally got our list, for approximately 1000kg of food to the Raja Cold Store for delivery on Sunday. We also managed to track down Lakpah Sherpa, who owns an Expedition Outfitting store, and ordered 3000m of rope, and large quantities of other climbing equipment.

We’re off to dinner now for some fine Italian at La Dolcie Vita!

More news tomorrow

Thank you very much for reading, from Jay Reilly and all of us at Summitclimb.com 

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Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

Expedition footwear for mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold.  NOTE US SIZES LISTED. See more here.







 

 

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