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.
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
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
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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