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  Summit Climb's Dhaulagiri Expedition: Provisioning & Conditioning


5 September

Hello this is Matt Belman with SummitClimb's Dhaulagiri autumn expedition.

Yesterday we spent the night at a nice hotel in Beni and had breakfast. Then did a little provisioning and had a few hours bus drive which, was a little bumpy but pretty comfortable. We started walking at the end of the road where the landslide made a path and for a few hours.

There was a little bit of heat and after a few hours we stopped off and had lunch at a little settlement along the beautiful Marsyangdi river. The staff prepared a delicious lunch with lots of interesting food, rice and veg and good drinks.

We continued to walk along a nice road and trail for a few hours. Some were fast and others a little slower but we all kept ourselves well hydrated as the temperatures were quite warm. The sun stayed hidden behind the clouds so it was nice and cool and we didn’t have any rain.

We stopped after a few hours in a town called Darbang. The porters found us a beautiful place to set up our camp in a small yard where many many children came out to meet us, see our tents, cameras and toys/gadgets that we have here. We enjoyed a little bit of internet, another delicious dinner prepared by the SummitClimb staff and then rested. Our altitude is 3800ft / 1200m.

Today has started with blue skies and the river is moving swiftly alongside of us. In the distance we can see a 7000m peak, white against the blue sky with a few light clouds. We’ve had our breakfast; eggs and salami and plenty of tea. Now we’re all packed up and ready for another nice stroll for anywhere between 5 to 9 hours. So everything’s well here, we're all feeling good and getting very excited about the trip ahead of us. We’ll be calling in with another dispatch as soon as we can.

Thank you
 

4 September -

Hi this is Violetta Pontinen speaking, I’m from Poland. Today is the 4th September and I’m calling with the dispatch for SummitClimb for the Dhaulagiri expedition. We started in Kathmandu very early in the morning and we came to a small village called Beni, which is about 800m above sea level. Our trip was very interesting with absolutely breath-taking views, we crossed a few rivers and a few bridges and although it was a little bit difficult we got to Beni safely and are very happy. We all feel good and admired the views. The trip lasted 8 hours and tomorrow we are going to our next destination.

Now I’d like to say something in Polish and in Finnish (click the audio link above to hear)

 

3 September -

The entire team met for an informative get-to-know-you expedition orientation meeting at the excellent Shakti Hotel. Then we went out to a few of Kathamandu's more than 100 outdoor gear shops to buy the equipment we needed. Great prices! At the end of the day, we all met up for a delicious dinner on the rooftop of 3rd eye restaurant, while Deha, our loyal office staff, configured our satphones to use twitter. So please watch out for our twitter messages coming to you live from the mountain!

2 September -

Today we received the permit at the Ministry of Tourism. Then we had a delicious celebratory dinner with the team at Northfield's in Thamel

1 September -

Today expedition leader Arnold Coster and our 8 member Sherpa staff packed and prepared all day at the Kathmandu SummitClimb Headquarters. The weather was good and we got a lot done!

Team Roster:
Dan Mazur (leader) - US/UK
Arnold Coster (leader) - Netherlands
Ms. Violetta Pontinen - Poland
Fredrik Johansson - Sweden
Jerry Gladh - Sweden
Andrea Rigotti - Australia
Slavo Fila - Slovak Republic
Juerg Merz - Switzerland
Robert Mooney - Ireland
Richie Maybank - UK
Matt Belman - USA

Karel Masek - Czech Republic
Dennis Miller - USA
Chris Bailey - UK

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