Wednesday April 6th, 6pm.
The traffic jams on the
Queensway in the morning are nothing compared to the yaks on the trail today.
There were dozens and dozens of them. We had to keep stopping to let them by,
which gave us a chance to get our breath back.
On the way we passed a
memorial to all the climbers and Sherpas who have died on Everest. It was very
touching and we stopped a while. It reminded us of the very real dangers that
the climbing party (Sean, Harold and Dave) will face once they start their
ascent from Base Camp.
We trekked for about three
hours today, climbing a little under 1,000 feet. We had not slept well the
night before because of some barking dogs, so today was another tough climb.
We are above the clouds, which is an unusual feeling and we trekked by a large
snow field. From our camp site we can see some of the major Himalayan peaks
like Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori which are an awe-inspiring sight. We are quite
close to the Lho-La Pass which goes over to the Tibetan side of the mountain.
It’s getting colder all the time with a wind that bites right through you,
with the nights being exceptionally cold.
It’s Gerry’s birthday today
and we celebrated with an adventurous lunch of fries and beans. He won’t tell
us how old he is but we believe that he’s over 30! Harold has been suffering
with pain in his neck and headaches but he seems to be doing much better now.
Health and fitness problems are common at this altitude, among the hikers, and
we passed several European trekkers who were retreating from Base Camp with
medical problems. Dr Burgess was able to help them with medical supplies and
we let them use our communications equipment.
Market forces are alive and
well here, with bottled water now ten times more expensive than when we were
in Kathmandu, but that just reflects the enormous effort it takes to transport
anything up here.
With the help of Howard, who
joined the expedition from HP ProCurve along with Nicole, we were able to get
the HP ProCurve wireless network to back up some of the researchers’ files on
to the server. It worked beautifully. However, we had trouble finding the
satellite to connect back to Ottawa, so we had another day without email - how
will I survive? When we get to Base Camp we will have time to sort this out –
right now it’s difficult when we are packing and unpacking along the trail.
The researchers have taken to sleeping with their iPacs to stop them from
getting too cold - these researchers will do everything to protect their data!
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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