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  Mt. Everest 2004: Mountain Madness Expedition 2004


Day 39:  May 4

This is Sarah Henley reporting from Everest Base Camp.  I just got word from the guys and they made it to camp 2 in about seven hours.  This is such great time!  They will have a rest day there tomorrow, then the next day head up to camp 3 to sleep for one night.  The winds are still quite strong up there, so let's hope they die down soon.

INTERVIEW WITH MURRAY RICE:

Sarah:  What is life like at Everest?
Murray:  Lots of time spent acclimatizing, with some climbing in between. Views are good. Lots of reading. Many comforts at Base Camp, like showers and a heater in the mess tent. The food is good.

Sarah:  What were your expectations of the Lhotse Face?
Murray:  Moderately steep, unrelenting ice. I've been there before in 1987.

Sarah:  Now that you have been there, what has been your experience of the Lhotse Face?
Murray:  Since one of my crampons broke and I was unable to do much on the face, the initial experience was a disappointment.

Sarah:  How has the altitude effected you in comparison to what you thought?
Murray:  About the same. I remember being altitude sick for about a month straight in 1987, and it's been about the same this time.

Sarah:  When you are up on the mountain do you look forward to coming back to base camp?  Why?
Murray:  Sometimes, to avoid the cold or to be less affected by the altitude, and just to change camps.

Sarah:  What is it like for you to have the Sherpas as part of the climbing team?
Murray:  Itis good. There is a security in having their strength, endurance, and experience on the team.

Sarah:  Name a special quality of one of the Sherpas.
Murray:  Phendan, Mingma, and Undi all have the characteristics as above. Plus, they are all good natured and helpful.

Sarah:  Share a funny experience you have had on this trip.
Murray:  Let me think on that.

Sarah:  Why Everest???
Murray:  It's a big climb.

Sarah:  Any words of wisdom to friends and family back home.
Murray:  I'll be back before you know it.

INTERVIEW WITH NEMA UNDI SHERPA:

Sarah:  What village are you from?
Undi:  The village of Kharichola, the same as Phendan.

Sarah:  What is your climbing experience?
Undi:  I have taken a Basic Mountain Training course through the Mountain Association of Kathmandu.  This course covered rock and ice.  I became a climbing sherpa in 1998.  Before that I was a kitchen boy for trekking trips.

Sarah:  How many times have you climbed Everest?
Undi:  I have climbed Everest five times but only summited once.  Most of those times I had to bring clients down.

Sarah:  What is it like being away from your family for such long periods of time?
Undi:  I live with my mother, and when I am away I miss her very much.

Sarah:  What are your thoughts about working for Mountain Madness?
Undi:  This is my first time working for Mountain Madness and it is good.  I have worked with Willie four times.

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