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  Everest 2006: Fi and Paul: Hello from Kathmandu


Hi everyone - its Paul here coming in live over the Satellite Phone for the first time this trip.

I'm very pleased to say that we have finally arrived in Nepal and now it really feels like we are on our way.

Luggage dramas
As anticipated, we did have some problems with our luggage. Fortunately our extra allowance was extended to Chris and Bridget (who were on the same flight and are trekking into basecamp with us). However, that still meant that we were about 30kgs over limit - which was going to cost around $600. But by reshuffling even more gear into our hand luggage, and removing our camp beds (a luxury we had brought in for basecamp), we squeaked in within the limit. And in the end, we decided to try to board with the camp beds as hand luggage as well as our already well loaded day-packs. We weren't stopped so we've ended up with all of our gear here.

Settling in
The flight itself was fine and we managed to catch a bit of sleep on the leg to Bangkok. Once in Kathmandu, we were met by IMG representatives and introduced to some of the other climbers and trekkers in our expedition. We were then taken to our hotel and given a short briefing about organizing our luggage so that the majority of it can be shipped (by helicopter and yak) straight into basecamp. The trip from the airport to the hotel bought back memories from the last time we were here 10 years ago - beeping horns and cars everywhere, lots of roadworks, buildings built right up to the narrow streets, the bright colors of people's clothing, the street vendors, rickshaws and tuk tuks.

Meet and greet
There are all combinations of people on our expedition. Some are just trekking into basecamp, others are climbing Island Peak, others are climbing through the Khumbu Icefall, and then there are those climbing Everest - some of which have private, western guides, and others (like us) have hired their own Sherpas. Everyone we've met so far seems great - but we're still really just getting to know who's who and trying to remember everyone's names. There are 20 people in total, of which 16 are climbing and 4 are trekking.

Lovely Dinner
We had a great dinner of Pizza at restaurant recommended by a friend of Bridget and then looked at a few of the gear shops in the nearby Thamel district. We need to get a couple of things before we depart on Thursday morning for the mountains. Tomorrow will be a hectic day and the plan is to leave the next morning at 5am.

Cheers, Paul.

Updates

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.

A cold 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.

 






 

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