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  Everest 2006: Everest Expedition to help feed the children of Nepal: Bored


 

April 27: Resting. Beating Pommy at cards. Resting. As you can imagine, there's just not that much to do here... How many times can you play the same game of cards? I'll tell you in a month or so.

April 24th: Aussie Tim doesn’t snore. I had a reasonable nights sleep but woke early as we had turned out the torches just after 7pm. There isn’t a lot to do at night when the temperatures are below freezing and one can hardly move in the tent without disturbing the other joker on the other side of the dome home. After boiling some snow and packing up our gear we headed back down the first section of the Western Cwm and then the Ice Fall. On our way down we came across the other half of Ice 8000 climbers who were on their way up to do exactly the same as what we had just done. We didn’t stop to talk for too long as I was keen to get back down to Base Camp for a fry up. Eggs, bacon and beans were a welcome relief after a few days of freeze dried meals cooked by the expert himself. Aussie Tim loves to boil the water in the tents vestibule, as shown.

Dispatches

Background: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest food aid provider. WFP is actively striving to ensure that the United Nations Millennium Development Goal, namely, the halving of chronic hunger world wide by 2015, is achieved. One such advocacy and fundraising campaign to assist WFP with its efforts is the Walk the World initiative.

This is a global event that involves groups comprising of civic organizations, corporations, other humanitarian organizations, Government members and the public at large, walking a short distance along a visible or prominent location within their local region. It is expected that Walk the World 2006, to be held on the 21st of May, will see over 750,000 participants walk within 100 countries across the globe.

In support of the Walk the World 2006, Mark Squirrell (Squiz) will climb to top of the world in order to raise awareness and funds for WFP Nepals School Feeding Programme. It is expected that Squiz, WFP Nepal’s Field Security Officer, will summit Mount Everest within days of May 21st. Although the expedition is not a WFP initiative, it is supported by WFP.

The culmination of preparation, hard work and physical effort will be realised in late May but the benefits will be felt by thousands of children for months to come.
 
Preparations are well underway. Squiz has recently conquered the arduous peak of Ama Dablam and is now gearing up for Mount Everest. Your help with the next journey would be much appreciated. Make a donation.

Update: On the way to Pheriche I met up with a few fellow members of the ICE8000 Everest expedition team. Great timing, as they were planning to head off the beaten track to visit a Tibetan Lama in order to get his blessings for our summit attempt. This traditional ceremony lasted about an hour and involved a lot of chanting, rice throwing and words of wisdom. Lama Geshe shared many valuable and inspiring verses, including the following request for all sentient beings on the planet:

Give up all intention to harm others from your heart And do your best to benefit them all If each and everyone feels the universal responsibility to do so, We will all enjoy the feast of peace!

To be continued....

 

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