Day 36: May 1 This is Sarah
Henley reporting from Everest Base Camp...
INTERVIEW WITH GENE REHFELD :
Sarah: What is life like at
Gene: It's fun but when we
are sitting around I get bored. I like to always be doing something so
sitting around is tough.
Sarah: What were your
expectations of the Lhotse Face?
Gene: I heard that it was
pretty steep which turned out being true.
Sarah: Now that you have
been there what has been your experience of the Lhotse Face?
Gene: It is not that
different than what I expected. However, it is longer than what I thought and
the altitude definitely makes me tired up there. The first time I did it
there was so much snow on the way down and this made it so much harder.
Sarah: How has the altitude
effected you in comparison to what you thought?
Gene: The altitude does not
effect me so much other than making me a little more tired. I have not had
any bad headaches yet on this whole trip. I do notice when I head back down
to base camp it is much easier to breath. I am worried about getting sick
because in 2001 I was on Cho Oyu and had to back off because of some bad
sickness. I was still sick for a couple weeks once I got home. So far on
this trip all is well!
Sarah: When you are up on the
mountain do you look forward to coming back to base camp? Why?
Gene: Yes, because base camp
feels like home. Although, I do dread all those rest days. We also get
pretty good food here at base. The other night we had roast duck and stuffed
white asparagus from Spain!
Sarah: What is is like for
you to have the Sherpas part of the climbing team?
Gene: It is definitely a
confidence booster for me because they are in such a different climbing class
Sarah: Name a special
quality of one of the Sherpas.
Gene: Undi Sherpa is a very
small person in size (about 130 lbs.) and can carry huge loads without being
phased. The best part about is he always has a smile on his face.
Sarah: Share a funny
experience you have had on this trip.
Gene: On our way up here, in
Labotche, I woke up in the morning and got up to go to the rest room. Well, I
could not see and I started to freak out and thought something was going
seriously wrong with my eyes. I was sure the trip was over for me. When I
got back to the room I discovered I had put Gary's' glasses on, not mine.
Everyone continues to tease me about this!
Sarah: Why Everest???
Gene: Because it is
there...Also now that I am not tied down with family and I am not getting any
younger this is my chance.
Sarah: Any words of wisdom
to friends and family back home.
Gene: Steve, if I make this
goal I am holding you to your end of the bargain.
INTERVIEW WITH PHENDEN
Sarah: What village are you
Phenden: I come from
Kharichola. This village is a days walk below Lukla.
Sarah: What is your climbing
Phenden: Attempted Cho Oyu
five times and summit twice, climbed Ama Dablam, taken Basic Mountain Training
Course through the Nepal Mountaineering Association, taken Advanced Mountain
Training Course by US instructor, and climbed many trekking peaks in Nepal.
Sarah: How many times have
you climbed Everest?
Phenden: I have attempted
Everest seven times. I have officially summited twice and two other times I
was close but had to take clients down before we reached the top.
Sarah: How did you become a
Phenden: I always wanted
this since I was a little boy. In 1993 I became a trekking sherpa and then in
1997 I became a full climbing sherpa.
Sarah: What is it like being
away from your family for such long periods of time?
Phenden: Before I was
married and had children it was no big deal. Now I miss them very much and it
is hard but this is how I make money for them.
Sarah: What are your thought
about working for Mountain Madness?
Phenden: I like working for
Mountain Madness. This is my first time working for this company but it is my
fourth time working with Willie.
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