On the trail to Dingboche
Help others, share the wealth
and live simply.
Our group is sitting by a
small yak dung fire, laughing and sharing stories. We have eaten dinner and
the night is drawing in around us. We had another gruelling day but we all
made it through and spirits are high. Our muscles are sore from climbing so
much, but our months of training have helped ease the pain. Some of us are
starting to experience our first symptoms of altitude sickness with headaches
and dizziness. The air is light and it’s sometimes difficult to breathe and do
things at your normal speed.
The trails were very tough
today with treacherous drops and narrow paths as the route took us higher in
to the Himalayas and closer to our destination, Base Camp at Mount Everest.
Yesterday we struggled through a sand storm; today we battled against a snow
storm that hit us suddenly and made visibility very bad for a while. But it
lifted and we continued trekking through scenery that grows more breathtaking
and magnificent with every passing day.
After breakfast this morning
we watched the sun rise over Everest which provided an unbelievable start to
the day. We visited the monastery in Thyangboche and had a short blessing
In Pangboche we met with the
lama, the spiritual head of the region. He is 73 years old and is a very funny
and likeable man. He blessed us all in a simple ceremony and then gave us a
message for all Canadians – Help others, share the wealth and live simply.
Everyone was so tired at
lunchtime that we all lay down for a nap. Luckily the sherpas stayed awake and
prodded us on to our destination, after a short break.
There are lots of yaks on the
trail here and they are all well cared for and well groomed.
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
It is also planned to play a
game of shinny hockey around the Khumbu glacier on Mount Everest, taking the
game to new heights.
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