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  Mt. Everest 2005: Gavin Bate Live from Everest: Second update today from Everest


File photo Everest on a better day ©EverestNews.com

Gav was on the phone this morning and expanded upon some of the audio logs he has been leaving with us online.

His postal system from Bumburi - where the trek group are currently helping implement Moving Mountains projects, to Gorak Shep has been working really well. He was on cloud nine this morning as news arrived from Helena - our resident nurse and AA leader, Chhongba our sirdar, the village committee and the trek group. The letters were crammed with info on the projects currently taking place and how things are going.

Helena has been working really hard with some of the trek group on the medical side of things, seeing lots of patients and managing all things medical. Deep in the mountains, off the beaten track it is not uncommon for people to walk or be carried for ten days in order to seek medical attention. The fact that a western team is there will only add to the numbers of people coming to seek advice. Helena has been helped by Sue and Richard Rowland and also Ang Dali - Chhongba's sister, a nurse who assists with the language barrier.

It also seems however that Helena has had a bit of time to relax, with rumours about a possible romance between her and a Sherpa doctor - but as ever this will need to be confirmed!

Gavin is climbing to raise essential funds to help our charity Moving Mountains implement a number of projects in Nepal and Kenya. The big one in Nepal is the installation of a Hydro Electric project which is now underway.

It has taken a number of years of research and meetings to get this far and any further help you can give us in maintaining this and the other projects is greatly appreciated. So far the team have installed the wiring and also built the power house to house the generator. They are now working on the penstock which will channel the water into the power house. The project is well ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work of the trek group currently up there, the villagers and the project managers - MECC from Kathmandu.

Gavin also sends on his thanks to everyone who is supporting him with good wishes and sends a special message to the kids in Kenya who have been sending emails and prayers for him.

He also wants to thank Rich who has been doing a great job on the website and keeping us all informed and up to date 24/7!

He also wants to thank all the teams heading out to Elbrus, Africamp, Kili, Borneo and the Sahara with him later in the year for their support and donations to Moving Mountains.

He also sends a big thank you to the people who have helped and supported him in the climb especially Tony at Berghaus - Tony, the kit's great, top notch! Dave at Opinionmeter and all the people involved with the FASTSMS and the AUDIOBLOGGER not to forget the guys at TISO for keeping him dry, safe and warm in his new tents!

Anyway that's all for now, Gav is off to camp three over the next few days then off the mountain for some rest and relaxation before the big push to the top of the world!

Gavin live from Everest

Please give to his good cause: DONATE NOW!

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