Day 53: May 18
This is Sarah Henley
reporting from Everest Base Camp. The whole Mountain Madness team made it
down to Camp 2 around 1:30 pm today. Everyone feels great but they are
definitely tired from what they have just put their bodies through. They plan
to leave Camp 2 in the morning at 5:00 am to be back to Base Camp around 9:00
am. The reason for leaving so early is because the days are getting much
warner lately and the Ice Fall is much safer earlier in the day before the sun
starts to melt things. They are also just simply ready to be back to Base
Camp to prepare to leave. We have been here a long time and it will be nice
for everyone to get a change of scenery even thought the scenery is amazing in
this place. Today on the radio the guys were passing it around to ask for
different food requests when they get back to Base. They asked for eggs,
bacon (can't do that), french toast, pancakes, and even chocolate cake. They
will be happy because I was already planning on making a cake for their
May 17th Everest Base Camp
Support Trekkers Dispatch!
This is Casey Henley
reporting from the Thamel region of Kathmandu! The trekking group is back in
Kathmandu and enjoying some last minute shopping before heading home. Last
night we enjoyed our celebration dinner at the famous Chimney Room
Restaurant. The trekkers would like to congratulate all the climbers on their
success! They were saddened to hear of Gary's need to turn around but happy
that he was safe and making the right decision for him. It's amazing that he
made it back to Everest and where he did after his potentially crippling
injury two years ago! Good job to everyone.
The trekkers arrived in Nepal
with the goals of climbing Kala Pattar and making it to Everest Base Camp.
They realized these goals but in doing so they also realized there is so much
more to Nepal than Mount Everest! They made connections with our local
staff. They trekked through beautiful rhododendron forests, over roaring
mountain rivers and amongst beautiful peaks they had never heard of. As they
walked through mountain villages, they saw the happy smiling faces of the
Sherpas and experienced the friendliness that has made these people so
famous. They realized how happy these people are without much in the way of
possessions. Remember: It is the sides of the mountains that sustain life and
allow things to grow, not the tops.
They truly experienced this
region of Nepal! A trip like this also has lessons that they will take home.
Many times on the trip I heard Anne, Warren, Ricardo and Giuliano expressing
that this trip has helped add clarity in what and who is important to them
back home. A fresh look at things from stretching their comfort zones...from
stepping out of their norms! Great job to all the trekkers this year for
"Living their Dreams". I hope to see you out trekking and climbing in the
near future. I know you will all get the bug again sometime soon!
Cheers, Casey Henley
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