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  Mt. Everest 2005: Team Alongi 2005 at Chinese Base camp and moving up!


Climbing Mount Everest, or Chomolungma as the Tibetans call her, is definitely an undertaking of the greatest sorts.  Both the mountain and foreign governments pose unique challenges, and our team member's health is always hinging on taking a dive. 

Vigilantly, we sit at Everest Base camp (~17,000ft), whilst our bodies adjust to the altitude.  The team has been alternating rest days with acclimatization hikes, to aid in their adjustment. 

Yesterday (Wed, April 6th), the Sherpa staff and I organized all the equipment for the high camps.  This will help when we begin carrying loads to stock the camps - the highest sitting at ~27,000ft, and over 40 days away.

We will spend a total of 5 full days in BC before beginning our journey to Advanced Base Camp.  Two days of travel are necessary to gain ABC.  This is achieved by splitting the trek in two with an Intermediate Camp. 

All of the expedition equipment must first be loaded onto over 100 Tibetan yaks before we head up to ABC, however.  The yak train will accompany our team during the trek.

ABC sits at just over 21,000ft, and is higher than any point in North America.  For many climbers, this is the achievement of a lifetime, but for us it's not even half way.

Today is April 7th, and our team will be on our way to ABC by the time this dispatch is published. 

Until Mt. Everest - ABC, Brook Alongi - Team Ogawa 2005, Mt. Everest Expedition Leader

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