Update Three: Base Camp
is becoming busy; people from all around the world are now starting to descend
here to either watch, film or participate in following a dream to stand on the
summit of the world. No one can deny this mountain is still the Olympic arena
for mountaineers and dreamers all around the world; it also holds a huge
fascination for the armchair traveler following the adventures of climbers
that pit themselves against the might of the highest mountain in the world
year after year.
Ice climbing at foot of Khumbu ice fall
In 2004, once again, it has
attracted some of the world’s most renowned mountaineers as well as those with
little experience that join commercial groups that promise guided ascents of
the mountain, a promise that few keep. Then there are the commercial groups
that are non-guided and provide logistical back-up for accomplished
mountaineers that don't have the time to put all the planning together
themselves. No matter which of these groups you belong to, it’s hard to
criticise those that have a dream and have the courage and self-conviction to
follow them and make them a reality.
Most of the great
mountaineers in the world have climbed or tried to climb Everest - Hillary,
Tenzing, Messner, Habeler, Bonnington, Hall, Fischer and Hinkes to mention but
a few, their motives varied, but the one thing they all had in common was a
vision, a passion and a love for mountains. This trait can also exist in those
that are not world class mountaineers and for me it is a pleasure to see
people exercise their right to follow their goal in an arena that was once
only open to elitists that thought they had a god-given right to the high
mountains of the world.
Today was a relaxed day as we
sorted out our communication system and tried to get our charging equipment up
and running. Niall is making a great job of this so far but we have run into
many problems that are testing our patience! A constant flurry of phone calls
back to Ireland to Pat Duggan and Joe O’Leary are helping to solve the
problems; without their knowledge and help we would find it far more difficult
to solve them. (Thanks lads your help, once again it is much appreciated) Well
here goes - see if you get these updates!
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