March 25 - May 31
Christine Feld Boskoff CEO
of Mountain Madness
March 26th, 2005: Hello
everyone, This is Christine reporting in from Kathmandu. Willie Benegas,
leader of our expedition, and Dean Cardinale arrived yesterday. Raymond Behm
arrive on the 23rd. The rest of our climbing team, Kay, Joe and Eric will
arrive tomorrow along with our trekking and camp 2 group. All the
shopping and planning has been done. We can now relax and wait for the rest
of the team to arrive. Yesterday was "Holy Holiday". The nepalis celebrate
by sacrificing animals to the Gods. The kids paint themselves with red dye.
In addition the kids make water ballons or fill buckets of water and target
innocent people as the walk down the street. I was the the victim to this
practice yesterday. After an early morning walk I arrived at my hotel
drenched with water from head to toe.
Besides the holy holiday,
everything in Kathmandu remains normal. We are look forward to seeing the
rest of the team tomorrow!
More in a couple days!
All the best, Christine
Since 1994, Mountain Madness
has led 29 team members on successful expeditions to Everest's summit.
This year's Everest expedition will approach the mountain from the Normal
Route--ascending through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and
continuing to the summit via the Southeast ridge.
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
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
SIZES LISTED. See more here.
weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand
See more here.