Hello, this is Matt
Tredway reporting in from Everest base camp. We are now in our 40th hour
of a snow storm and have essentially been trapped in our tents for 40
hours. No one has been up or down the mountain for nearly two days now.
Thankfully, Doug and Larry were in Lobuche throughout this storm.
According to recent reports, Doug still feels a little sick, however, he
is feeling much better after a few days of rest.
They say the sign of a true
climber is when a third world bus driver cracks his window because you
stink so bad. Of course, we have no bus drivers or windows -but we are
beginning to achieve that dubious distinction. Needless to say, we are
looking forward to a nice shower!
Being snowed in has given us
a lot of time for reflection. We feel so humble to be here at Everest,
following in the footsteps of the world's greatest climbers. We would
never compare ourselves to the highly accomplished climbers. To the
contrary, we feel ourselves to be ordinary climbers with a great
opportunity to participate in an extraordinary event.
For now, we remain trapped
by this sea of snow. Crevasses are covered, fixed ropes buried by the
snow, and avalanche risk is great. Base camp manager, Roger Coffey, is
figuring out communications and as I mentioned earlier, the rest of the
team is in Lobuche.
Everyone on the team has
sponsorship and I would like to say thank you to mine! This dream would
not be possible without you.
Thanks to family and friends
- and hello to all of my students!
Talk to you soon,
Matt is proudly sponsored by
Larry and Doug reported
in tonight and will be heading back to base camp. After falling ill, Doug is
feeling much better. While in Lobuche, Larry started experiencing some
difficulty as well. Even after high doses of medication, his blood pressure
has not been well controlled. Rigsby hopes that when he makes it back to
base camp that some medicine he left behind will be of significant help to
his blood pressure.