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  SummitClimb Mt. Everest 2005 Tibet: Ryan Waters reporting in with a nice helicopter ride to Tibet!


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This is Ryan Waters checking in from Shigar Tibet. Our expedition team members are all reunited here and feeling good. Some of our staff is already setting up our basecamp so we are looking forward to getting up there soon. The weather is very windy here, but today it is sunny. Some of us enjoyed a nice helicopter ride to the border, bringing much of our gear from Nepal, before heading up to Shigar. The others came in from Lhasa and had a great experience visiting the Potala Palace and seeing the sights around that area. A few of our members will head up to basecamp in the morning and the others will stay an extra day here to acclimatize a bit more.

This is Jon Otto, helping out with expedition planning. Rikard, Magnus, Fredrik, Bob, Steve, and I drove from Lhasa to Shigatse on April 7th. The next day we toured the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the largest functioning Monastery in Tibet belonging to the Yellow hat sect. We then took an acclimatization hike up the hill behind the monastery. The ridge was strung with countless prayer flags, some spanning over 100 meters long. There myriad of dizzying colors flapping in the wind above, around and below us, leaving us in awe. That evening we had a fabulous meal of Sichuan food.  

This is Fredrik Strang, member of the expedition. The best so far was the view of Everest once we flew over the Himalayan range from Kathmandu to Lhasa. You could almost touch the mountain, well that was the kind of feeling I got when I saw it a couple of hundred meters on the left wing. Remember to get a seat on the left wing of the plane!

This is Magnus Flock also one of the Swedish member this is the biggest adventure and its gonna be so fantastic to see and to feel this amazing mountain. All the best.

Hi! This is Rikard also a Swedish member of this expedition. Tomorrow we are going to base camp and our expedition will start for real.. Will be really fun and exciting!

This is Neal Jing, the only Chinese American in the team. It’s been great so far, eating well and eating a lot, sleeping well. In fact, I had a wonderful dream last night, but I could not share it right now… Have been trying to call home, but did not have much success. I’d like to thank all the friends for the great send away party. I already miss you all!

This is Steve Poulsen from Colorado. We had an amazing tour of Lhasa and Shigatse and are about to leave Shigar for Base Camp where the real fun will begin. After a month or so of going up and down the mountain to get used to the altitude, we will head for the summit sometime in May. Watch this spot for updates on our great adventure.

Bob here – I hope all my friends and family are well,  Communication has been catch as catch can, but want to let you all know that I am well and we are on our way to BC from Shigar.  We met up with the rest of our ‘Nepal based’ team this afternoon – Neal Jing, Ryan Waters,  the Sherpas and Tibetan support staff.  We did hit our highest pass at 7.5K!  The dirt roads were rough but new ones in the works.  A big hello to Mom & Pops, my sisters and brother.  Special thanks to Kevin, Jeff, Chris and my Pals at Cornice. Hi to Lyle and the 7th grade class at Sunset!  Namaste.

Below is an updated list of our Tibetan staff: Special thanks to the Tibet

Guide School:

Tibetan Climbers:

Pasang

Penba

Wangdu

Luda

 

Tibetan Kitchen Staff:

Sange

Pubu Tseren

Danzeng Tsewang

Chamba

Below is our expedition list.

Dispatches

Steve Poulsen, Climber, USA

Bob Guthrie, Climber, USA

Neal Jing, Climber, USA

Fredrick Strang, Climber, Sweden

Magnus Flock, Climber, Sweden

Rikard Mansson, Climber, Sweden

Ryan Waters, Expedition Leader, USA

 

Jangbu Sherpa, Climbing Sirdar

Dawa Sherpa

Pema Rinji Sherpa

Ang Babu Sherpa

Furtenji Sherpa

Kipa Sherpa, Head Cook

 

3 Tibetan Climbers

1 Tibetan Cook

2 Tibetan cookboys

(we will meet our Tibetan Staff in Tingri)

 

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