Hi All, Well it's been nearly a
week since leaving the UK. We have now arrived in Askole, which as a camp site
isn't much to write home about, although the views are quite spectacular. The
7 hour journey to get here by jeep was a bit of a bone shaker and Ralph and
myself managed to break the back rest of the back seat.
Askole is at a height of about
2900m and is quite hot during the afternoon. Tomorrow we will meet the 80
porters we will need to carry all our kit and food to keep us going for the
rest of the trip. After that we will head towards the Jola, which is a really
dodgy pulley system which spans one of the fast flowing rivers we have to
negotiate. Hopefully it's been updated since Paul Davis' trip in 1990 !
We have been lead to believe
that the camps at Paju and Urdukas now have some electricity & shower & toilet
facilities. I do hope so because the dust has got into everything here in
Dave our leader will be
flying out tomorrow and will meet us at Base Camp. All has been going well so
far except for one problem we found today, the laptop is not charging up from
the solar panel. It looks like the panel does not have enough umpf. We have
emailed Adventure Peaks to try and organise something to remedy the problem.
So hopefully we will be able to continue the emails.
Kelly we are 4 hours ahead
here so if I phone on the 16th at 6:00 pm your time (10:00pm our time), at my
mums house, hopefully either you or my mum can be there. to take the call.
T Regards, Stu.
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