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  Everest 2006: N. Ireland and England Everest 2006 Expedition: raising chorus of China’s finest


 

Geoffrey was first to be woken up this morning by a raising chorus of China’s finest early morning call to worship. Everyone managed to drag themselves from their damp, hard beds down to a hearty breakfast of omelets and something resembling soda bread. All that is of course except Andy Robinson, who was still dreaming and dribbling on his pillow while everyone else stood waiting with their gear to head to Nylam. He made the last 4x4 to leave.

After boarding the 4x4 our driver who could speak no English began to chant and pray in some strange language. We got really worried when he brought out his prayer beads- was this an ominous sign for the road ahead? 5 minutes later we saw the end of the concrete roads and we were back traveling on progressively steeper and perilous mud tracks, with a sheer drops of hundreds of meters to one side. If the car had driven off the road at this point it would have resulted in sudden death, in spectacular scenery. Thankfully though, after and hour and a half driving, 1500m ascent and one million prayers to Budda, we arrived in Nylam- Gate way to hell, and our luxury accommodation for the evening.

Well luxury is a bit of an overstatement, unless you like overflowing drains, open sewers and rubbish lining the streets. The people here are friendly but have nothing, if even that much. Our hotel here is very basic and if the AA were to give it a rating a minus 5 would probably be on the high side. In fact it has to been seen and smelt to be believed. On to lunch- what a feast of garlic, fat and rice, with Geoffrey breaking into his emergency rations for the first time in the trip. The rest of us will undoubtedly scare away any vampires, and will need to visit the toilet several times this evening!

After lunch we went for a short trek and accomplished a new altitude record of the trip of 4030m. Two climbing Sherpas, one of whom has already summated Everest found it rather tough, but we managed to look after him, and Adrian Moutray saved the day by escorting him safely back down.

On the illness front, our Doc is sick with a tummy bug and is currently resting up- fat lot use he is (only joking)! Neill offered to give first aid assistance but it was promptly declined, so he’s not that ill. Both Fergal and Neill are playing the dying sawn complaining of flu and Andy Robinson has sore lips from kissing yaks…

In fact it is so cold here I am typing this surround by down sleeping bags and Raymond is warming his fingers on a flickering light bulb.

On the equipment front… guess what our equipment still has not left Heathrow and we have been here a week! The lovely job’s worth baggage handlers at the airport saw Alan McDowell’s name on a barrel and called in the bomb squad. Last we heard they were still convinced that the barrels contained gas explosives. THIS IS NOT THE CASE!! Although we need to ring Linda to make sure she didn’t pack his squadie shower. Things dropped to an all time low yesterday when Alan McDowell was seen buying underwear for another man- Namingly Steve Hodge. More information on this later…

Tonight we are looking forward to another feast of lunchtime garlic fuelled leftovers, reheated until we clear the plates.

Dispatches

 

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