Dispatch Everest 2004 Team Endeavor
Dan Lochner & Dan Meggitt Team
Endeavor - Everest 2004 North
#7 - April 15, 2004 - Team Endeavor - Mount Everest -
moment, I am on a race against time as I am having power
difficulties again. This afternoon, our Honda generator
bit the bullet. First it wasn’t starting, most likely
due to the sludge gasoline that we are running it off of
since Ultra 94 is not readily available in Tibet or
Nepal :) One of our fellow climbers, George Dijmarescu,
mentioned that the problem is that our Honda generator
is US made and is accustom to fine gasoline whereas his
Indian produced Honda generator of lesser quality is
made for super low grade gasoline and thus works
perfect. I think he might have a point as his generator
runs flawlessly. Anyhow, since our generator wasn’t
starting, we checked out that everything was ok and then
when we tried pulling the starter cord again, it just
wouldn’t move, almost as if the engine was seized. After
taking it apart, we still couldn’t determine the problem
so when we get time between climbing and eating, we’ll
try to further diagnose the problem and hopefully fix
it. In the meantime, we can use another generator but it
will make frequent dispatches more challenging, not to
Dan and I paid a visit to the old Rongbuk Monastery,
which was destroyed by the Chinese in an invasion, from
what I understand. It is only seven kilometers downhill
from BC but because we are lazy, we hoped on a Tibetan
truck heading in that direction. Although much of the
monastery is demolished now, it still has much to offer.
During our visit, we traveled through three underground
caves that were very tight fitting and quite
fascinating. When we exited each one, it was considered
a rebirth by the Monks. Also, after exiting the final
cave, we were told to find an irregular shaped rock and
to toss it up onto a huge boulder in front of us. If the
rock thrown remained on top of the boulder, then that
person was going to summit Mount Everest. Luckily, both
of our rocks remained at the top after thrown, however
some were not as fortunate.
had our Puja, which was a very cool ceremony. To
prepare, our climbing gear was assembled at the foot of
a makeshift altar near BC. Then candy was collected from
the group members and placed at the center of the altar
along with beer and soda. Once the altar was assembled,
a Monk began the process of blessing our climbing gear
and wishing us safe passage to the summit, I believe.
During the ceremony, rice and flour were thrown in the
air and a series of three prayer flags were attached
from a post which was placed at the center of the altar,
with the prayer flags extending outward in three
different directions. Throughout the entire process,
juniper was burned and once the ceremony ended, we drank
a blessed soda or beer and munched on some of the candy.
The remainder of the candy was removed from their
respective packages and then placed on top of the altar,
I believe being an offering to the God or Gods; I hope
my Crackerjacks and Rice Krispy Treats are enjoyed.
Dan and I will begin our trek to ABC. Due to the
distance, we will stop at an intermediate camp for the
night and then continue onward to ABC the following day,
arriving in ABC on Saturday.
is to stay at ABC for three to four nights before
returning to BC to recuperate from the altitude change.
I am confident that Dan and I will both have nice
headaches before returning to BC.
well at Everest BC.
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