Hi, this is Winslow calling in for team “Better late than Neverest” on the
19th of October. We slept in, having breakfast at 7:30 instead of 6:30. You
may tired of hearing this, but we had another gorgeous day. It was again 25*
today and everything was covered in frost including the yaks. We took an
acclimatization hike up to 16,700 feet with a total gain of 2,900 feet today.
The group continued to be stunned by the majestic high peaks that surround us
in every direction. The views included Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Nuptse, and
Makalu, to name a few.
Many members reached their personal high point. I did hear
one description of the steep switch-backing trail as brutal. Dave M was in
heaven as we did a little scramble through some boulders to reach a lovely
lookout point and I can’t tell you how excited Dave H was, as well. A few more
highlights of the day were Todd reciting poetry and seeing an eagle with a 4
to 6 foot wing span soaring in the cold breeze that was blowing across the
ridge. I have to mention the food today as we are continually surprised at
what the staff produces at 14000 feet on the stove. We had California rolls
for lunch, pizza for dinner, and cinnamon cake for dessert. Tomorrow we head
up to Lobuje, now putting us three days from Everest base camp. A few folks
are fighting off a cold that seems to be making its rounds in the group. Yet
everyone’s spirits are high and the acclimatization is going well. Thanks for
tuning in. We’ll chat again later. Namaste.
10/18/07: Hi, this is Winslow with team “Better Late than
Never”. Today we woke with perfectly clear skies at a brisk 25*F with
brilliant views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. It stayed clear all day
today- a first for this trip. We enjoyed views of island peak as we climbed
above tree line and crossed a beautiful high plateau. The group exhibited
their advanced yak dodging skills on the narrow trails. We arrived at Pheriche
at 2pm in time to sit in on a very interesting high altitude lecture at the
Himalayan research center. Half the group got in hot showers as well. The
group is doing a great job learning Nepali as we have a word of the day each
day. So far, they know how to say “no problem”, “its a beautiful day”, “its
delicious”, “maybe” with a Sherpa nod, and “what are you going to do”.
Everyone is feeling well and complaints are non existent. Thanks for tuning
in. We will talk to you soon.
10/17/07: Better Late than nEverest
Hello friends and family, We are having the time of our
lives up here in the Khumbu. It has been a spectacular day. We are now in
Tengboche enjoying the views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. We
induldged ourselves at the Bakery with donuts, chocolate cake, and brownies.
Then we visited the Eco Center for shopping, a lesson in Buddist history, and
a video about the Tengboche monastery. Some people went into the beautiful
monastery for the afternoon ceremony as well.
I wanted to add a very nice part of our day yesterday which
was seeing Lhakpa Rita's and Kami Rita's parents house. We enjoyed tea and a
special blessing from them.
We are now only 20 minutes from our next camp in Deboche, a
lovely small village in the Rhododendron forest.
Tomorrow we will enjoy a hike to Pheriche where we will stay
for 2 days. Everyone is doing well. Though a few people are battling some cold
symptoms, they have not let it slow them down.
Lots of love to family and friends!
Earlier: We had another wonderful day today hiking to Namche Bazaar.
We saw our first views of Everest and Lhotse, it is hard to describe how grand
it is. Everyone made it up the Namche hill with no problems. I have not even a
headache to report so far. We arrived by noon which gave us time to shower,
hand over some laundry, and explore downtown Namche. We are having a great
time, and we are looking forward to traveling to Thame tomorrow. We will keep
you posted. Lots of Love to our friends and family. Happy Birthday Brent!
Bridge over the Dudh Khosi
Everest and Lhotse on the trail to Namche
We have a team name! We are team "Better Late than nEverest"!! The day began
with a very greatful, but extremely packed helicopter ride. Some of us in the
back had six inches between our noses and the seat in front of us, and it was
a group initiative getting everyone on board. After a safe landing we rejoiced
our arrival to Lukla. I have been impressed with this group as they have
embraced the Buddhist philosophy of accepting what you have and letting go of
what you have not! In addition, all the time, seeing the bright side of things
inspite of a four day delay.
Here are two quotes of the day: "This is the most beautiful
inhabited place I have ever seen!!" and " YEAH!!!"
The team has been thoroughly moved by many things including
the neatly tended fields, the colorfully painted houses, the abundant flowers,
and the beautiful smiling children. Animals that we encountered today include
two monkeys, several dogs, multicolored chickens, a snake, yaks, horses,
goats, and cows. We hope to see the Yeti on our journey to come. I should
mention as well that we are not going hungry, as we have had five fabulous
meals today. Namaste!!
View at Dhulikhel
Kids in the Khumbu
Hiking along the Dudh Khosi River
Bridge to Namche
Lukla airport with our Helicopter in the background
In the Heli
10/12/07: This is from both groups as we are now on the same schedule. It has
been another crazy day trying to fly to Lukla today. We left Dhulikhel
mountain resort this morning and camp straight to the airport. We played many
games such as dodge ball, keep away, and hacky sac. Then we did yoga in the
parking lot, and then we played some cards and read our books. We had lunch,
and we are still waiting. We have chartered a helicopter, and we should be
boarding in a few minutes, so hopefully we can land tonight and begin our
trek. Everyone is holding up well considering the amount of waiting we have
endured. Yesterday we were able to do some sight seeing and shopping, and then
had a wonderful journey into the countryside for the evening. Hopefully the
next cybercast will be from Lukla or Phakding in the Khumbu. Namaste!
Hello friends and family, We are still in Kathmandu on a delay of two days
now. There may have been a problem with the first cybercast as I have not seen
it posted. So I will announce again the team members consisting of 10 climbers
and 3 trekkers: Al Aldrich, Linda Comeau, Sam Casoria, David Meston, Elaine
Cidzick, Geoff Heigh, Dave Haag, Al Hinrichsen, Bruce Hinrichsen, Todd Vieregg,
Tim Archer, Vic Pedersen, Jaye George, and myself Winslow Passey We flew
toward Lukla on the 9th and ended up landing on a beautiful plateau in a town
called Rumjatar. We had tea and biscuits, and returned to Lukla as the clouds
socked in the runway. It was described by one from Lukla as so bad that the
crows couldn’t get off the ground. We felt fortunate for this scenic flight
and country tour, but then we spent the rest of the day in the airport only to
return to the Yak & Yeti. The group has become quite proficient at packing and
unpacking. We are starting to recognize all the airport staff, and we have
given out copious amounts of baggage tips. The airport highlight was the cart
races with the Australians and the South Africans. We are happy to announce
that we won, and have Geoff (the pusher) and Dave (the rider) to thank for
this success. Many members enjoyed bargaining in Thamel for gifts this
afternoon while others enjoyed the poolside at the hotel. We had a lovely
dinner this evening in an outdoor garden setting with live Nepali music and
dancing. We celebrated Allen's birthday (from the other group) as well. We
will head back to the airport in the morning for round three, with the other
group on round two, so we are hoping for good weather. More news to come ,
hopefully from Phakding which is where we will spend our first night in the
Khumbu. Namaste! Winslow
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