This is the
final 400 ft. steep section below the summit of Pumori.
EverestNews.com Readers, Despite what you may have heard
or read, Kathmandu is calm, peaceful and as beautiful as
ever. Well - "calm" and "peaceful" are relative terms.
The streets of Kathmandu are always mad pandemonium with
scores of cars, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, buses,
dogs, cows and pedestrians all trying to squeeze through
narrow streets. The laws of physics are most certainly
stretched in this country!
My point being that even
though you may have heard of riots, bombings, shootings and the like:- that is
NOT occurring here in Kathmandu at the moment.
What IS happening here at the
moment is "Losar" - the Sherpa New Year - is approaching and the Sherpa and
Tibetan communities are preparing for a big celebration on Feb 28.
Also the festival called "Shivaratri"
which is the celebration of the Lord Shiva - the most important festival in
Hindu culture. Over 300 000 devotees - including many from India - will visit
the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu tomorrow!
Two Expedition members are
here with me in Kathmandu. They are Dennis Jonsson and Jonas Ahlman both from
Sweden. They are 2 of a 5 member group of Swedes here to climb Pumori this
year. If successful, they will allegedly be the first Swedes to summit Pumori.
Will they make it? The other 3 Swedes, Mickeal Forsberg, Richard Carlsson and
Tony Segelstrom, are currently on their way to climb Island Peak with 2 of our
great staff, Lakpah Kongle Sherpa and Lakpah Garmu Sherpa.
Throughout the trip, we'll
keep you informed of the news as it happens!
Thank you for following our
expedition, from Jay Reilly and all of us at Summitclimb.com
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