8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2005: Gavin Bate:
Gavin is back
File photo Everest on a better day ©EverestNews.com
Gav back in touch : Hi All,
Gavin is just off the phone! Every time he rings into the Audio Blogger it is
engaged or offline and hence hasn't left a message but our internet whizz,
Richard, will hopefully have that all cured soon.
He is now at Bupsa, the village where AA Gap students three years ago started
renovating a 350 year old monastery. The Monastery is now finished and Gavin
has been sitting with six Lama's going through the opening ceremony for
tomorrow. The incredibly detailed paintings of Buddha's life inside the
monastery have been finished and tomorrow a huge Buddha will be carried from
Karla Pass high above the village down into the monastery with all the
religious head Lama's behind it followed by the local community. He reports
that the excitement, appreciation and atmosphere are electric.
Gavin was saying that for the last few hours he has been sitting in the candle
lit monastery reflecting upon where he has been and what now lies ahead, the
importance of both and how they worked together to achieve so much not only in
Nepal but also Kenya.
We last heard from Gavin in Namche. He then walked from Namche to Lukla in 8
hrs and stayed the night and then onto Bupsa today in four hours. Having been
there many times myself I don't know how he is covering so much distance
especially considering what his body has already been through!
Some people have been asking Gavin's high point on the mountain and until now
we have only had the audio reports and a rumour that his hi point was at the
Balcony. I can now tell you that Gavin was above the Hillary step, the summit
was just ahead of him however as reported due to the large amount of people on
the exposed summit he felt it was simply not safe to stand and wait especially
with the wind picking up.
So as said from the start Gavin was unable to stand on the summit point due to
the crowds and with the conditions, the lack of oxygen, the sick photographer
and the potentially worsening weather he took the right choice and headed
down. If you look at photos of the SE ridge you will see that it's plain
sailing from the top of the Hillary step in comparison with the rest of what
he had done and he also reports that he felt great. He was a matter of feet
from the high point of the summit but he says he has no regrets. He reckons
it's out of his system now and has achieved what he set out to do, he was
after all at the top of the world.
We will need to now have a chat to Labrokes and see where we stand on the
fundraising side of things for Moving Mountains. As soon as I get some news
it'll be posted.
Gavin's plan is to head to Bumburi tomorrow and see the micro hydro project
and check up on all the people there from Adventure Alternative and Moving
Mountains who have been working tirelessly to have everything in place. The
reports are sounding fantastic and Gavin sends a big thank you to everyone who
has donated and helped.
He then heads back to Bupsa in the afternoon for the Monastery opening and in
true Sherpa tradition, the large party that follows. Not to mention a well
Hopefully we'll hear from Gavin over the next few days when the audio blogger
is up and running again.
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