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  Mount Everest 2004 Expedition: Americans Dan Lochner and Dan Meggitt


Dispatch #1 Everest 2004 Team Endeavor

Today we made final purchases for the climb with our Sherpa, which included a deep cycle car battery, barrels to load our gear in for transport and miscellaneous items. However, the shopping list never seems to shorten even after making nonstop purchases since my arrival on Wednesday.

Purchasing gear in Kathmandu is interesting and not what I expected. Unlike some areas of the World where bargaining is often part of the sales process, it seems as though the gear shops fix prices and hold strong as to not create a price war between shops.

In terms of risks, Kathmandu is what people should worry about, not climbing Mount Everest. Driving on the roads of Kathmandu is quite interesting, with taxi drivers and locals flying down narrow roads, which could be mistaken as allies, making near misses with pedestrians and cars at every corners. It's like being on a ride at a theme park of some sort.

A few hours ago, Dan and I put all of our gear in the barrels and loaded them onto a truck for transport to Tibet. These barrels seem to be a very valuable commodity in Kathmandu as they seem to be in high demand and since no one brings them home after climbing, gear shops are constantly on the lookout to purchase them to resale the barrels at three times the cost.

Tomorrow we head off for Tibet, making our first stop in Zangmu. We hope to make a smooth transition from Nepal to Tibet without trouble from the Maoists or the planned strike beginning Tuesday. It's expected that we will arrive in Base Camp by April 10-11 and Advance Base Camp by April 15-16.

My creativity is running low at the moment so I will check in hopefully tomorrow or in a few days. That's all for now.

Dan & Dan

Americans Dan Lochner and Dan Meggitt

 

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