This is Phil Crampton
reporting for the Summitclimb Everest Tibet Expedition 2007. Kipa Sherpa, our
head cook, and myself, herald ahead of Arnold and the rest of the group to
establish Base, Intermediate and Advance Base camps. After spending our
customary two nights at Nyalam and one night at Tingri we arrived today, March
30, at Base Camp.
Our journey was uneventful
and we have enjoyed the peace and quiet of the empty CTMA hotels. The
wait-staff at the restaurants are overhead full at the moment. I wonder if it
will be the same in a week or so when the groups of climbers pass through on
their way Everest, Cho Oyu and Shisipangma Base Camps respectively.
At Tingri, we met our Tibetan
Sherpa staff, which consists of kitchen assistants Sangjie, Champa and Guru,
and climbing Sherpas Awang Denzing, Yun Dan, Qiang Ba, Jianggiu, Emba, Seng
On our arrival at Base Camp I
met many old Chinese friends from the various Chinese expeditions already at
Base Camp. We are one of the first western expeditions to arrive, and I think
that I am the only non-Tibetan, Nepal, or Chinese citizen here at present. We
have already started sorting our loads for our trek to ABC in a couple of days
and we hope the weather remains as mild at 6,400 meters as it has been here
all day at Base Camp, although my money is on it being absolutely freezing as
it has been in the past on my little sorties to ABC in late March and early
It was a hard decision on
where to place our camp this year as we have mustered our other cook, Dong, in
charge of the kitchens of the Chinese Xinjiang Beer Expedition. They are
about a 20 minute walk from us.
Hello Everestnews.com, I am back!
I will be leading Summitclimbs Everest
Tibet expedition this year.
After succesfully scaling Everest from
Tibet in 2004 and two expeditions from the south in 2005 and 2006, I am in
Tibet once again to help my team members scaling Everest this year.
Arnold Coster, expedition leader
Crampton Phil, assistant
Right now I am very busy with all the
preparations her in Kathmandu. Tomorrow morning a truck full off supplies
will head to Everest basecamp already. The truck will meet our Tibetan staff
in BC to set up our camp. On this trip we will use a mixed Sherpa and
Tibetan team as our staff
Nima Dorje Lama, assistant cook
Maya Sherpa, one of the few female
Yun Dan, Tibetean climber
Awang Denzing, Tibetean climber
Bian ba Tsering, Tibetean Climber
Jianggiu, Tibetean Climber
Qiang Ba. Tibetean Climber
Lousang Ouzhu, Tibetean Climber
So that is it for now, the next couple
of day our member will arrive in sunny and warm Kathmandu.
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