Photo Tom West © EverestNews.com
Today was a day to rest and
acclimatise in Namche Bazar, a 200 year old town of may be 500 people. This
morning I was up early and had the pleasure of watching the town wake up and
see a building crew get to work on a house construction at 6am. We split up to
learn more about Nepal and the people and see the sights. Some members of the
party made a three hour trek up the mountain behind the town to get a better
view of Mount Everest. On their way, they passed by the old National Parks HQ
which has now been converted to an army outpost to protect visitors against
the rebels. Another group had lunch at Khonjung bakery, a place that calls
itself “The highest bakery in the world”. They even brought back some pizza
for the rest of us!
Sean Egan was privileged to
be invited to visit the home of the senior sherpa, which was a beautiful 200
year old home and was treated very well. Lisa Koperqualuk spent time with the
members of a youth club to learn more about Namche Bazar. Yvan Pouliot met
with the National Parks Group, which is responsible for waste management, to
continue with his research on human waste management at Everest Base Camp.
Dave Valliere and Chris Archer met with a local sherpa entrepreneur who is
running an internet café in Namche Bazar and is planning to set up an outpost
at Everest Base Camp next year to cater for the hikers and climbers. Dr Keith
Burgess (who joined the party in Kathmandu, from Australia) paid a visit to
the Sir Edmund Hillary hospital and met with local physicians.
I spent a lot of the day
testing the technology with Howard Sklivas and Nicole LeBlanc from Hewlett
Packard. We got the satellite system and wireless network working and we even
had a reason to use it. One of the researchers lost some critical data from
his iPAQ – it was statistics on expedition members’ heart rates and oxygen
saturation levels – and we managed to recover the data over the network from
Showers were available, for
the first time in three days and as a result, dinner was a far more pleasant
Everyone feels safe and
welcome. The Nepalese are unfailingly friendly, kind and extremely hard
More later. Terry
On March 25th 2005, a party
of Canadian climbers and hikers will set off on an assault on the world's
highest mountain, Mount Everest.
The expedition will be led by
Dr Sean Egan, an accomplished mountaineer and professor in the School of Human
Kinetics at University of Ottawa, and Peter Luk, director, School of Business
Management, Ryerson University .
Accompanying the climbing
expedition for three weeks is a party of hikers that includes senior IT
executives from private and public Canadian organizations and leaders from the
Ryerson University Business School . They will trek through Nepal to the
Everest Base Camp, starting from the exotic city of Kathmandu.
The expedition is sponsored
by Kanatek Technologies, an independent storage systems integrator based in
Ottawa , specializing in data availability, email archiving, and back up and
recovery solutions. Kanatek has a long tradition of hosting innovative events
and Kanatek president, Terry Kell says, “We want to put Canadian IT solutions
on top of the world. We will be using the latest in communications technology
to demonstrate data recovery in a hostile environment.”
The expedition is
co-sponsored by ProCurve Networking by HP, a supplier of enterprise networking
solutions, and SkyWave Mobile Communications, a world leader in
satellite-based asset tracking, monitoring, and control.
Expedition leader, Dr Egan,
says, “Two very well-respected Canadian universities are working together on
this expedition to complete some vital research. If we can get to the summit
it will be an added bonus.”
University of Ottawa and
Ryerson University have prepared research plans on coping with hypoxia (an
absence of oxygen reaching living tissues) , the relationships between fitness
and ageing, and sport tourism in the context of extreme adventure.
This is Dr Egan's third trip
to the mountain, and it will be his first summit attempt. If he his successful
in his bid, he will be the oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest . In
preparation for his Everest expedition, Dr Egan is currently conditioning by
climbing Mount Aconcagua in Argentina (22,841 feet). Mount Everest is 29,028
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game of shinny hockey around the Khumbu glacier on Mount Everest, taking the
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