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  Mt. Everest 2004: George Dijmarescu and Lakpa Sherpa

Indian team, British, some Swiss, Bulgarians and Greeks will probably try their luck first.

©George Dijmarescu form his 2003 climb

Dear EverestNews.com, Today another day here in ABC. Spoke with the Sherpa on the radio this morning, they were at the camp two (7800m) in the way to last camp to make what they say the last carry for the preparation. Ang Mingma asked the kitchen to prepare a special soup and informed us that they will descend all the way to ABC tonight. We will have a discussion on the way we will make our try to the summit and most important the time when we will go. It is reported that the Indian team, British, some Swiss, Bulgarians and Greeks will probably try their luck first. We will be patient and wait their return. I am more concern with the conditions of ropes from 8300 m upwards and the abilities of these teams to fix the mountain and in the same time climb efficiently. To my knowledge only Russell Brice's Sherpa has proven over the years able to fix the many km of ropes, fast enough and still stay ahead of their members, facilitating their easy ascent. However there are many sherpa strong enough to do the job, my concern is not their strength but their knowledge and experience.

It is long due few words for A VERY GENEROUS SPONSOR who chose to help Lakpa and I in this endeavor. While we never forgot their generosity, there were few chances to show our thank. We took photographs of the Sabia & Hartley, LLC of Hartford CT law firm flag along the way, in Kathmandu, Nyalam, Tingri, base camp, advance base camp and the last one was at the North Col when Lakpa insisted we should take couple of photos and send them back to the EverestNews.com. Our ultimate goal is to take the flag for the summit and of course photograph it. We hope a nice picture might decorate the law firm walls. We sincerely hope this relation will flourish and stay strong. We also keep an open mind on how can we better facilitate the law firm needs. We also feel we need to do more for them in the time to come. Please advise on any request. A sincere thanks from Lakpa and I.

PS The photos were taken by me and Lakpa is holding the flags. [Note the photos did NOT come with the e-mail, maybe next time.] With this opportunity we also like to thank EMS for their contributions to each and every member of the Connecticut Everest expedition. Our base camp tents and advance base camp is decorated with your flag as well. It is interesting to mention that we have just few yards away another climber who is sponsored by EMS, the banner and EMS tent proudly display.

Ang Migma and Dawa Nuru came back from their work at high altitude and reported that our expedition's camps are ready to receive the members for the summit push. I asked how many days we might wait, answer: two days, that will put us at the summit on May 18 or 19th. Hooray, I had enough of this. One problem: Michael and Anne the other two climbers are at BC with some sort of respiratory illness. Dave Watson, Chuck Boyd, Lakpa and I are ready for it. More on this tomorrow.

G. Dijmarescu ABC Tibet


Lakpa Sherpa is the only woman to have summited Everest three times. This year she will climb Everest again, trying for a record fourth summit, and George Dijmarescu will go for his sixth summit in six years. These are remarkable mountaineering feats for any individual, but above and beyond this, the couple will attempt to reach the summits of both Everest and K2 in the same season to complete the Top of the World Double Header -- together. George and Lakpa are sponsored for 2004 in part by Sabia & Hartley, LLC of Hartford CT.

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