[climb, Nepal, school curriculum, seven summits]
Our team has all arrived safe and sound in Kathmandu. I am pleased to introduce you from left to right: Hugo (team leader), Ade, TA, Amit, Dendi (team manager) and Bill. It’s funny that, instead of a Flat Stanley this expedition, I’ve taken Climber Smurf with me because when I look at our team picture, next to Ade, I look like a smurf 🙂 .
Keep an eye out to see what adventures Climber Smurf or CS gets into.
Today I visited the Everest Hardware Store and Factory. It was great to see my friend, Norkey Sherpa and to see where my big red fluffy red expedition parka was made.
Hugo handed out our team jackets yesterday and they are like wearing a giant warm bear hug.
Here is a picture of the fine folks who sewed our jackets for us. Today, since they were preparing for the upcoming trekking season, they were working on trekking shirts and pants. I’d hoped to see how they stuff all that down into jackets but I was a few days too late.
The staff has been very busy. These are all the kinds of clothes they make at Everest Hardware.
We’re all getting pretty excited to get underway. Our preparations and training are now done and it’s time to start the trek into base camp. If the weather allows, we will fly into Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla tomorrow morning. The funny thing is that our first day’s trek is mostly downhill. But I’ll tell you all about that tomorrow. For now, I’m off to our team send-off dinner.
I’m not sure how cell coverage will go as we trek up the valley. As long as there is coverage, I will be able to share pictures. When coverage is spotty, I will rely on my descriptive audio updates. An interesting fact is that you can use Twitter in Nepal without incurring data charges, so until I reach base camp, if you are a Twitter user, you can be in touch via Twitter @taloeffler. A few schools have used Twitter to show me how they’ve participated in some of the activities.
Happy Friday to all. I’m excited. Somewhat nervous. A bit scared. Eager to get under way…and thrilled that you all are coming along!
Ha ha – Dendi is always on his phone 🙂
You’re bringing back pleasant memories. Thanks for taking me along. Stay strong!
Thanks Ray…glad you are enjoying all the memories
“I’m excited. Somewhat nervous. A bit scared.” It’s called “butterflies”! (smile) Remember those big ice hockey games where, going to the arena you wish the game would be called off, but if it had been, you would have been mad because you know you are in the best shape you have ever been, and it’s now or never? Between a “rock and a hard place”. The only thing is you KNOW you have paid your dues – you have trained harder than ever before – you are wiser about the game (mountain) than ever before. It is YOUR time! Push through the butterflies…
P.S. I hope you don’t mind me reverting back to my basketball coaching days.
Thanks for the pre-game chat. Helpful to think of it that way and I can’t wait for the puck to drop and the butterflies fly in formation!
Love your posts….feeling the excitement for all of you. Thoughts & prayers of strength, endurance & health for all of you from Forteau Labrador.
Thank you. I’m looking forward to starting the trek. Walking will help settle the nerves and it will be great to see some mountains!
Hopefully by now you’ve landed safely in Lukla. Enjoy the trek down to Monjo.