climbing steep snow on the way to camp 2. Camp 1 can be seen below. Copyright©Ryan
This is Jay
Reilly calling from SummitClimb, the 2006 International Pumori Expedition.
We're currently in the village of Pangboche at 3,900 meters. It's an
absolutely gorgeous day. We're looking out at beautiful blue skies, not a
cloud anywhere. But it's pretty cold. I just took a temperature reading,
we're here in the shade, a little bit of wind blowing and it's negative 8
degrees Celsius so it's very cold this morning. All the team's doing well,
everyone's having a great time. I want to hand over to Matthew Vulk from
California and he's going to talk a little about his
of the expedition so far.
Hey, how y'all doing. This is Matt, I've got a dispatch for you, I'm gonna
just go for it. To be back in Nepal is such a treat, and Katmandu is one of
the wildest cities, the most bazaar-like atmosphere. At the hotel friends
from last year and new friends got acquainted. Everyone seems to be on the
prowl for last minute gear, and some of us are
trying to locate the newest Everest One-Sport boots. We all enjoyed a few
dinners together, telling stories of faraway places and amazing people. Well,
we're all packed up and ready for that wacky plane ride to Lukla. It was a
surprise when there was almost no turbulence and the landing was golden.
gathered at Namaste Lodge and Teahouse. The next day was the great march up
to Namche Bazaar. Yaks, porters, sherpas and trekkers all making their way
over rocks, dust, and the most amazing cable suspension bridges with prayer
flags whipping in the breeze. Namche Bazaar. What a sweet locale with all of
its stone teahouses and lodges. It's a classic mountain village with the
melodic sounds of hammer and chisel on stone as new tea houses are continually
a rest day to acclimatize. Then the rocky trail leads up to Pangboche where
views of Ama Dablam await. The mountains continue to grow larger and larger
as we go. So long for now, and God Bless.
Starting our Pumori expedition, Dispatch for 3 October
Hi EverestNews.com. I hope
you are well. We flew to Lukla early this morning. The weather was perfect
and we were treated to amazing views during the 30 minute flight.
We arrived in Lukla and
relaxed in the comfortable Namaste Lodge teahouse. It's a very beautiful
lodge. We trekked for three hours downhill to Phakding. It's a stunningly
beautiful trek along winding trails with lovely views abounding in all
During our three hour trek we
were able to see the amazing peaks of Kusum Kanguru, Numbur, and Kwangde Ri.
We saw almost no one on the
trail today. Its very quiet, warm, and peaceful here. We are camped at the
gorgeous Sunrise Lodge. It's a very lovely spot with a comfortable garden on
the edge of the Dudh Khosi river at around 2500 metres. It was a very warm and
sunny winter in this part of the Himalaya this year. The peaks are quite
devoid of snow. You can see waterfalls coming down from the high summits. I
have never seen it so dry and warm at this time of year. Everyone should come
over here before the last glacier melts.
Tomorrow we are going to
climb the big hill up to Namche Bazaar at 3500 metres. Thanks for watching the
progress of our Pumori climb and Everest basecamp trek! Yours Sincerely from
Dan and all of us at SummitClimb.com
Dear EverestNews.com Readers,
We apologize for the
tardiness in our most recent dispatch. The team has been enjoying a gorgeous
trek through the Khumbu Valley for the last 2 days.
Right now we are in Namche
Bazar at 3400m. This is quite a large village and is widely considered to be
the Sherpa Capital. We're taking a rest and acclimatization day today, as our
ascent yesterday was around 900m - certainly more than the recommended 300m
per day, but due to the complete lack of places to camp or stay from 2700m up
to 3400m, every single group that treks the Khumbu must follow this schedule.
But, Namche is a great place
to spend time! There are numerous bakeries, cafes and restaurants, and a
couple of fun bars and plenty of fun souvenir shopping. There's even email via
a relatively expensive satellite link.
Speaking of which - this will
be the last email dispatch. Further dispatches will be made by satellite phone
and will be available on everestnews.com as a downloadable voice file. These
are great fun to do as - I've been told - great fun to listen to! So watch
out for them in the coming days!
We thank you for following
the news of our expedition,
From all of us at
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