Dispatch Everest 2004 Team Endeavor
Dan Lochner & Dan Meggitt Team
Endeavor - Everest 2004 North
Dispatch - April 17 – April 25 - Team
Endeavor - Mount Everest – North
Today I woke up with a headache, just as I experienced
when I first arrived at BC. Once I finally made my way
to the Mess tent, I nursed my headache with large
quantities of water and relaxed. The day was basically
spent lying around adjusting to the altitude, locating
some odds and ends in barrels, eating and sleeping. To
past some time, I played some Bob Marley while I lay
dazed in my tent absorbing the warm heat being
generating in the tent by the beating sunlight above.
Today, neither Dan nor I ventured too far outside camp
as we both felt a bit lethargic. After dinner, we didn’t
spend too much time chatting either as we have done in
BC. Once we had finished our meals, we went right to bed
to rest or sleep.
Today I woke up late and was slow to rise from my tent.
I spent most of my time unthawing my contact lenses
which had frozen in their cases and remolding them into
convex shapes to insert them into my eyes. After exiting
my tent, I went straight to the Mess tent to fill my
stomach. While eating my eggs, I was surprised that I
still had a headache and felt weak, even after
considerable rest. I still had a head cold so I figured
the congestion was the reason for my troubles. Either
way, as I sat there reading a Time Magazine and
finishing my breakfast, I began contemplating whether I
should go down to BC that day instead of the following
day as originally planned.
breakfast, two of the other members on our permit
decided to return to BC that day due to sickness. Unsure
why I still felt lousy, I decided to join them in
returning to BC knowing that it would only benefit my
health. By 11am, the three of us left ABC, led by a Cook
who was returning to BC to replace a sick cook.
first two hours of our descent, it lightly snowed and it
was moderately cold. However by 1pm, the weather cleared
up and it was pleasant out as we leisurely made our way
back to BC. By the time we reached IC, one of the
members on our permit decided that he wanted to stay at
IC for the night believing there was no need to kill
himself descending all the way to BC that night. The
other member along with the Cook were set on reaching BC
that night so I remained at IC as I felt it was best to
remain in pairs.
In the morning, the two of us woke around 8am, had
breakfast and prepared to make the second leg from IC to
BC. Unfortunately, during breakfast, the member I
remained with unknowingly ate nuts which were contained
in the served porridge. I figured there was a problem
when he pushed his porridge toward me and abruptly stood
up and exited the tent. When he returned, he was
sweating heavily, appeared sick and had to lie down.
Here he mentioned that he was allergic to nuts and
believed he had unknowingly consumed some while eating
his porridge and that he was going to be sick. Luckily
he was able to manage the episode on his own without the
use of his EPI pen by resting a few hours and drinking
water. By 2pm, he was feeling better so we made our
final descent to BC, which took about three hours.
leaving IC, we noticed streaks of red all over a nearby
pond. We later discovered that a Yak, while ascending to
IC, fell off course and accidentally broke through the
ice of a nearby pond. The front portion of his body went
through the ice and it was unable to back out due to the
large load on its back. The Yak herder and his
companions attempted to pull it from the pond but by the
time they removed the load from the Yaks back, it had
already drown. Because the Yak died, the Yak herder and
his companions decided not to put it to waste so they
butchered the animal onsite. It was quite the site.
April 20 –
April 26: Today the rest of the members on our permit,
including Dan, descended from ABC and returned to BC by
5:00pm. The weather was very nice for most of the day
but by mid afternoon, the weather turned and a cold
front moved in.
Dan and I will remain in BC for several days to
recuperate from the affects of ABC. Once we feel healthy
and the weather is clear, we will return to ABC, again
making a pit stop at IC.
after everyone returned, we had Momo’s for dinner. What
is interesting about this is I was in the kitchen tent
as they were being prepared and I noticed a big slab of
meat being battered. When I jokingly inquired if it was
Yak meat from the dead Yak at IC, they replied by
shaking there heads. I thought the Cooks were playing
with me so I asked again and they replied in the same
manner, being quite serious. Interesting, so anyhow we
had fresh Yak Momo’s that night.
give you an idea of what we have been doing during our
free time in BC, we have played shot-put with a large
stone, visited other expedition tents, ate a lot of food
and thrown rocks at empty gas canisters to see who has a
Dan and I will depart again for ABC, first making a stop
at IC so we are making last minute preparations. The
next dispatch should be Wednesday or Thursday when we
are settled into ABC.
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