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Everest 2004: Irish Expedition Update Two
Update Two: We were up
once the sun hit the tents - around 8am. We decided to get straight into
organization before the trekkers arrived. They were expected around lunchtime.
We went through the contents of 66 barrels, itemizing their contents and
redistributing them to their new homes as necessary. We got started on setting
up communications and power sources. Before long our trekkers began to arrive.
It was great to see each and everyone make it safely here. Getting to Base
Camp of Everest is a great achievement and no easy slog. The smiles, the
laughs, the jokes and the high spirit of the trekkers served, for the past 2
weeks, to take our mind off the seriousness of what lies ahead for us. They
were a great gang and hopefully they enjoyed being in our company as much as
we enjoyed theirs. Our final night together saw us huddled in the mess tent.
The Sherpa trekking team and cooks could not have been better. Not only did
they cook amazing meals in the most basic of conditions, but also managed to
produce a beautiful chocolate cake!
We finished with a sing-song.
We were blessed on this occasion in that a number of the trekkers had great
voices. At this point, we must make special mention of Michael Grainger, who
has been away on numerous trips with Irish and Worldwide Adventures. Michael
is leading the trekkers on this trip. He has composed at least three songs
about these trips, songs which are happy, true to life and touching. As a
special treat, Mike gave us a blast of all three last night and I have no
doubt they will remain with us over the next several weeks. I finish tonight
at Base Camp Wyeth where it is -20 celsius. Our trekkers are leaving for home
and with them of course we think of home. We especially send our love and
thoughts to our loved ones. We are thinking of you in this awesome place.
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