May 26: This is Sarah
Henley reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal. The entire Mountain Madness Everest
2004 team has made it safely back to Kathmandu and are anxiously awaiting
their departure time to get back home.
The hike out of the Khumbu
region was beautiful. Since spring has arrived there are flowers blooming and
the hills are lush and green. The beginning of the monsoon season seems to be
here and the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu had been backed up for a couple
days but the team managed to get lucky and got out on time.
Last night in Kathmandu the
team had a farewell celebration dinner at the Rum Doodle restaurant. The
Everest summitters enjoyed a free meal since they made it to the top.
However, we all know getting to the top is not what mountaineering is about.
All the stages in between is when we learn about ourselves through the
challenges we face.
As a side note: Gene Rehfeld
says, "hello Jenna and classmates in San Antonio from Grandpa on Mount
I would again like to
congratulate Willie Beneges, Gary Ponder, Gene Rehfeld, Murray Rice, Phenden
Sherpa, Undi Sherpa, and Mingma Sherpa for their amazing accomplishments
during this expedition. I would also like to thank Kili Sherpa, Rishi Sherpa,
Tshering Sherpa, Lakpa Sherpa, Mila Sherpa, and out entire cooking staff for
their dedicated work. This Everest 2004 Mountain Madness Expedition could not
have been possible without these people.
arlier Dispatch: Day 55: May 20
The Mountain Madness team has
been packing up all of our personal and group gear and getting ready to head
back to Kathmandu. The mood here is turning somewhat sad since the farewells
are getting close. Base Camp is a small enough place that in two months there
are friendships that build. Tonight we have a party with all the Sherpas to
celebrate the mountain and the success of the whole entire teem. Hopefully,
the party will not go too late since we have to hike quite a ways tomorrow. I
will send one more dispatch in Kathmandu, so until then...
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