Beter Late than nEverest!! We are lucky today as we all have safely arrived
back in Kathmandu. We did have to split up into 3 groups to fly out. I was a
bit worried as it was cloudy in Lukla today, but the runway stayed clear, and
here we are about to enjoy another celebration dinner.
Many people enjoyed a straight blade facial shave today that
includes a head and shoulder massage and a better trim than you have ever seen
in the states. The guys are looking young and smooth!! The shower is never so
appreciated when you have the luxury every day, but today it felt better than
ever. We are heading to a traditional Nepali restaurant tonight that includes
several creative Nepali dances after the meal.
We are looking forward to one more meal together as a group
including our phenominal Sherpa staff, and Jiban our main man in Kathmandu.
Tomorrow morning everyone is heading to the airport. Check back in for a final
report!! Namaste!! Winslow
Better Late than nEverest!! Hiking from Namche to Lukla is a long day. There
are many ups and downs. We descended back down into the more tropical region
of the Khumbu, and with each drainage we trodded down to the river and back up
the next ridge. It is representative of our mental and emotional experience as
well. The journey has been moving in many ways, and we appreciate friendships
made among group members. At this reflection we are sad, yet we are looking
forward to seeing loved ones, sleeping in our own beds, and the comfort of our
own bathrooms. There are many other powerful things we have experienced such
as seeing some of the Sherpa culture in the Khumbu, observing and playing with
heart grabbing kids that grow up watching trekkers come and go, and seeing
some of the most amazing mountains in the world. We feel both fortunate and
sad on our last day of trekking.
We had a wonderful celebration in Lukla with another
unbelievalbe dinner, Gopals' best cake yet, and this was followed by dancing
and singing with our entire crew of locals that made this trip happen for us.
They have some of the biggest smiles, and the best attitudes you can find.
Without any practice the song we wrote to them was tolerable put to the beat
of "We will , we will Rock You!". The Nepali song that they sang back to us,
however, was great. Our gratitude went out to them all for their hard work and
support and fun was had all around. We are lined up to fly to Kathmandu
tomorrow, so we are hoping for good weather.
Thanks as always for joining us. Namaste! Winslow
Better Late than nEverest! Hi friends and family,
We have safely arrived in Namche Bazaar, the big city of the
Khumbu. We had a great day today enjoying the thick air as we descended down
to 11,300 feet. We really lucked out today as the Mani Rimdu festival was
taking place at the Tengboche monastery. It was a real treat to see the
dancing and the different mask and costumes. It is good fortune to attend the
festival that celebrates the beginning of Buddism. We also enjoyed snacks at
the Bakery again, still shocked to get chocolate donuts at 12,000 feet. It is
amazing how things look different on the way down. The hill sides are filled
with beautiful fall colors. Dave H. took a swing with the 25lb. sledge hammer
that is used for breaking rocks during trail construction. After seeing him
sweat we all gave donations to the cause. We are now all showered and looking
forward to another dinner celebration. Many members have headed downtown to do
some more shopping.
Tomorrow we will hike to Lukla, and fly to Kathmandu on the
30th. Namaste! Winslow
(Photos to come)
Hi, this is Winslow calling in for team Better Late Than Neverest. We had an
absolutely gorgeous day today heading up to Island Peak with a full moon and
beautiful stars. Everyone had a great day. It was very calm and not a cloud in
the sky. I have some quotes from the team explaining a little bit about their
day. We had two groups that left today- one early group that left at 1am and
the other group left at 2:40.
A quote from Dave H: “Tommy is my daddy and the juice was
worth the squeeze”. This is from Bruce …(transmission break)… This is from
Dave M: “Hardest thing I have ever done. It’s like 8 hours of great
scrambling, but with a plastic bag over your head. The headwall was freakin’
phenomenal”. From Elaine: “I left my brain at the fixed line. The summit ridge
was spectacular with views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, and Nuptse.” “Early
Happy Birthday to Emily and Sophie, love Uncle Tim”. Also from Tim “Worth the
price of admission.” From Jeff: “…(incomprehensible)…still rocks and living
Today it was a group effort from the cook staff and the
guides. They prepared two breakfasts in the middle of the night. Juice was
delivered to 19,000 ft. Sherpa staff masterfully drove the summit push to beat
the crowds, weaving the first group in and out of mass amounts of people in
order to avoid a crowd. They were one of the first groups on the summit.
Everyone is now getting ready to head to bed and enjoy a well earned evening
of sleep. Tomorrow we will head down to the town of Tengboche. It will take us
three days to get down. We’ll go Tengboche, Namche, and then Lukla and we will
be flying back to Kathmandu the next day. Thanks for tuning in. Namaste!
Hi this is Winslow calling in for team Better Late than Neverest. We had
another lovely day here in Island Peak base camp. We slept in this morning,
ate breakfast, went over skills on how to ascend a pick line, how to get down,
repelling, and we rested this afternoon. We’re going to bed early, 6 o’clock,
and getting up at midnight to head up for the summit.
(Remainder of transmission garbled)
This is Jaye checking in for the Betterlate than nEverest. Every one is fine.
We all have Hymalayan tans. The last few days were intense. We summited Kala
Pattar 18,500' in time for the Everest Rocks concert. The band left one hour
before us and summited with us. They dragged themselves and their equipment up
the mountain, puked, passed the wiskey bottle and put on a great concert. I
know I can speak for the whole group, we tip our hats to the band for their
tenacity and overall GOOD ATTITUDE. The next day we made our way to Everest
Base Camp 17,500' where wetook a picture infront of the Kumbu Ice Fall. The
picture can't do the Ice Fall justice. It is a massive, beautiful, dangerous
pathway to the first base camp. On the way home Mother Nature treated us to a
spectacular Avalanche approx 2-5mi away on Nuptse. It took about 5min for the
cool breeze and pieces of ice to hit our faces. What the tuff guys and gals
agree on.... The worst place to be is in a snow cave socked in by weather and
the best place, well thats easy, it is with all of you. I love and miss my
two daughters Marissa and Kiana. I'll be home soon. Mom
Hi this is Winslow calling in for team Better Late than Neverest we had
another gorgeous day today. We headed down from Gorak Shep to Dingboche at
14,000 feet where the air feels quite thick down here comparatively. We hiked
on a few trails that were off the beaten path on these high plateaus with
amazing views, again. This is our last evening together before the trekkers
descend and I would like to read to you a poem written to by Elaine, it sums
up some of our journey here in Nepal.
When the Monks give you a blessing and the Yaks haul all of
your gear the mighty winds can blow the dust right into your eyes and ears,
you know you are in Nepal. When the porters haul their baskets and the
trekkers walk the trail you can hear the sounds of breathing as you watch the
prayer flags sail, you know you are in Nepal. When the mountain views surround
you and you stare at them in awe, your cameras can’t do justice to the wonders
that you saw, you know you are in Nepal. When you hear the Namaste greeting
and you eat a Dal Bhaat, the hardworking Nepalese people cause you many things
to feel, you know you are in Nepal. When you are squatting in the toilet and
the bucket shower is near, your clothes are drying on the rocks, hand washed
by ones that care, you know that you are in Nepal. When the hot water is
delivered to your tent at morning light, the breathless smells are in the air
as you hurry out for a bite, you know you are in Nepal. When your guide is
acting silly putting rocks in someone’s pack, the snowballs that bombard her
are meant to hit her in the back, you know that you are in Nepal. When
everyone retires to bed in tea house, lodge or tent, we can thank our lucky
brilliant stars for participating in this event, we know we are in Nepal.
Thanks to Elaine for that and we will be calling you
tomorrow, the trekkers will descend down to Namche and the climbers will head
up to Island Peak and have a rest day up there and then go for the summit the
next day. Talk to you soon. Namaste.
Bridge to Thame
Camp in Thame
View of Ama Dablam from Tent
10/23/07: Hi this is Winslow
calling in for team Better Late than Neverest we had another gorgeous day
today. We headed down from Gorak Shep to Dingboche at 14,000 feet where the
air feels quite thick down here comparatively. We hiked on a few trails that
were off the beaten path on these high plateaus with amazing views, again.
This is our last evening together before the trekkers descend and I would like
to read to you a poem written to by Elaine, it sums up some of our journey
here in Nepal.
When the Monks give you a
blessing and the Yaks haul all of your gear the mighty winds can blow the dust
right into your eyes and ears, you know you are in Nepal. When the porters
haul their baskets and the trekkers walk the trail you can hear the sounds of
breathing as you watch the prayer flags sail, you know you are in Nepal. When
the mountain views surround you and you stare at them in awe, your cameras
can’t do justice to the wonders that you saw, you know you are in Nepal. When
you hear the Namaste greeting and you eat a Dal Bhaat, the hardworking
Nepalese people cause you many things to feel, you know you are in Nepal. When
you are squatting in the toilet and the bucket shower is near, your clothes
are drying on the rocks, hand washed by ones that care, you know that you are
in Nepal. When the hot water is delivered to your tent at morning light, the
breathless smells are in the air as you hurry out for a bite, you know you are
in Nepal. When your guide is acting silly putting rocks in someone’s pack, the
snowballs that bombard her are meant to hit her in the back, you know that you
are in Nepal. When everyone retires to bed in tea house, lodge or tent, we can
thank our lucky brilliant stars for participating in this event, we know we
are in Nepal.
Thanks to Elaine for that and
we will be calling you tomorrow, the trekkers will descend down to Namche and
the climbers will head up to Island Peak and have a rest day up there and then
go for the summit the next day. Talk to you soon. Namaste.
10/22/07: Hi this is Winslow
calling in for team Better Late than Neverest, we had another truly brilliant
day today. We went up to the Everest Base Camp it never did cloud up today, it
was a little cold and windy at base camp but it was really neat to see the
Kumbu ice fall. There is one team up there and we saw a few people hiking up
through the ice fall today. On our way back we stopped for some juice and a
nap. As we were looking across at Nupste we saw four small avalanches and just
as Dave got out of his mouth ‘wouldn’t it be cool if we saw that whole big
thing break off’, it did. About three seconds after he said that, we saw a
really large ice fall avalanche. It was a really long distance from us so
don’t worry but it was really cool to see and about five minutes later we got
a little blast of snow from the avalanche and a lot of folks have videos and
pictures that they took. Gorak Shep is really nice right now, everything is
dusted with snow and there is a three quarter moon out so it is illuminating
the mountain all around. We had a beautiful sunset as well and a lot of folks
got some nice sunset pictures of Everest. Tomorrow we will be heading down to
Dingboche which will be our last night together as a group and then the
trekkers will head down with Dave’s group and the climbers will continue on up
to Island Peak Base Camp. Thanks for tuning in, lots of love to friends and
10/21/07: Hey cyberworld,
this is team Better Late than Neverest reporting. The inmates have taken over
the asylum we have placed enough sedatives in Winslow’s coffee to knock out a
bull. I believe that it was a sedative and not a laxative oh well either way
we have got some time. First off we would like to give a big shout out to our
Sherpa staff, they feed us like they are leading us to slaughter. They set up
and break down camp and spoil us in more ways then you could possibly imagine.
They are the happiest, hardest working people you could ever have the pleasure
to meet. And we are all big fans of Winslow our lead guide, she is so strong
she daily makes me question my manhood. Actually several people have
questioned my manhood on this trip but that is another story. Winslow’s child
like enthusiasm and positive spirit have truly made this trip a joy for us.
Today we traveled from Lobuje to Gorak Shep. After lunch we hiked up Kala
Patter and had great views of Everest and attended the world’s highest
altitude concert, just another day in paradise. Well better rap this up before
Winslow regains consciousness or finishes in the ladies room. We send our love
to all our friends and family, good night and be good. Thanks.
PS: A big Happy 9th Birthday
to Griven from Dad.
10/20/07: Hi this is Winslow
calling in for team better Better Late than Neverest, it is the 20th of
October and we are in Lobuje this evening. We awoke this morning to an
incredibly, beautiful day. Our day consisted of eating and hiking and eating
some more and hiking some more and resting and eating. We had a beautiful
lunch spot as well, it was the first time that I have ever been bombarded by
snow balls by the entire group, I guess it was a little deserving as I had
been (… transmission break…) the last few days. The view is all inspiring and
360 degrees (… transmission break…) Up on top of a hill there was a band
playing music (…transmission break…) it started snowing, covering everything
with a white dusting, it is fairly cloudy right now, keeping things pretty
warm here. We are headed to Gorak Shep and in the afternoon we will climb up
to Kala Patter, it is about 18,500 feet. We are hoping for good weather and a
good night sleep. We will try you again tomorrow. Thanks for tuning. Namaste.
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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