IMG Everest Nepal Dispatch #3
Thursday, April 1, 2004 -
Jason Tanguay phoned in from
Dingboche to report on the whole team's good health and spirits as they
prepared to spend their last night in Dingboche. While they are looking ahead
to the climb, they still haven't completely left thoughts of home and current
events behind them. The group was eagerly looking for updated information as
to which basketball teams made it to the Final Four.
They sent an inventory of yak
loads currently en route to Base Camp. Their summary included 34 loads from
Pangboche (in storage during the winter with sardar Ang Passang), 12 loads of
kerosene purchased from Namche, 8 loads of fresh food from Namche market, 17
loads of propane cylinders for BC and ABC which were taken by truck to Jiri,
then flown by helicopter to Shyangboche. The 2 charter flights from KTM to
Shyangboche via MI-17 helicopter totaled 6300 kg. At 30kg for each load, the
total came to 281, so quite the caravan heading uphill at this point. They
will also plan on more fresh food to be sent up from Namche Market each week.
So far the primary misfortune
was a broken hard contact lens which is now requiring a US-based opthamologist
and team to learn about FedEx to Kathmandu, including the regular customs
issues and delivery to a city that has a very different mail addressing
system, street addresses aren't stated the way FedEx here is accustomed to
We expect the team to arrive
at Base Camp on or nearly on schedule on April 6th and we'll let you when we
hear from them again!
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