At the age of 20 Danielle Fisher became the youngest person in the world to
summit the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each continent, on June 2,
2005 when she successfully made the summit of Mt. Everest.
"This is Danielle checking in from ABC on Shishapangma. We
have been here for three days, but have just figured out our computer problems
and can finally send cybercasts, at least for the time being.
We arrived in CBC
on Oct. 6 after driving 4 hours on a very bumpy road.
I swear the
driver was trying to make the ride as rough as possible as he kept swerving
sharply off the road to drive over the only bump in sight.
We spent two
nights in CBC while we waited for our yaks to arrive to carry our things to
ABC. Lakpa almost lost his sunglasses before the attempted thief was forced
to return them saying, innocently, "I found them in the tent!"
On Oct. 8, at
10:00 we and our yaks began our 12 mile hike up the valley to ABC at roughly
18,300 ft. On the way, I ran into an old friend, Nick Rice, whom I met
climbing Gasherbrum 2 last year in Pakistan. He was leaving Shisha as I was a
arriving and it was a nice surprise seeing him. Lakpa and I cheated on the
last part of the hike when we rode Tibetan horses a little less than half the
way. My horse was so small that I thought I was going to break it in half as
it trotted up the valley.
9, Lakpa and Nima carried to camp 1 while I stayed behind with our base camp
helper, Chuldim, who speaks only a few words of English, although he's fluent
in Sherpa, Hindi, Nepali, and Chinese, as well as his native Tibetan. He
makes me feel quite the amateur, not knowing any foreign languages. I washed
some clothes yesterday (which was good since I had just run out of clean
underwear), and I continued reading the first book I have read since I left
Seattle on Aug. 26:
"Three Cups of
Tea". It's a good book and is bringing back memories of my time in Pakistan
last year. We had a visitor once Lakpa and Nima returned: Blair, whom I met
on Everest in 2005. It was fun reminiscing and hearing stories of the climbs
he's been on since 2005.
colder and colder here as it gets later and later in the season. Last night
it was 20 degrees F. in my tent when I jumped into my sleeping bag around
8:00. I'm beginning to dream of sitting in front of the fire at home which my
family starts lighting about this time every year.
The climb is
still clearly on my mind, however, as I look forward to starting our ascent of
Shishapangma tomorrow morning. It's going to be a long day, and an even
longer 5+ days as we make our way to the summit.
We may not be
able to do another cybercast until we get back into base camp and depending on
the weather, we may have to come back to base camp and try our summit attempt
another day, so keep checking in and I will update whenever possible.
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