Dispatch 6 from Everest / April 4, 2012

O’Neill: Namche

Two Ascents, Both Seek Summit — Southeast Ridge Team to Focus on Education and Science; West Ridge Team of Anker and Cory Richards to Retrace Route of First American Ascent on West Ridge.

Climb to Be Covered Online Starting March 16 at natgeo.com/oneverest and www.thenorthface.com/everest. Real-time Updates from West Ridge Team to Start April 16 on National Geographic Magazine App for iPad

I’m still trying to figure out how to blog so, hopefully, whoever is following this will bear with me! The iPad has to use an app to be able to attach photos to go with the blog- thanks to Gabby who’s been sorting me out from home or I’d never have figured this out!

At any rate, I am now in Namche, finally putting a real impression on a place I’ve only heard about for years. It’s taken us two days to walk from Lukla. The biggest excitement was getting to Lukla. With bad weather, flights from Kathmandu were severely backed up and we were afraid it would take several days to make it to Lukla. Mark jumped on the chance to make the trip via helicopter stuffed with a bunch of gear. Alas, Mark, myself and one of our climbing Sherpas, Dawa, flew in on a Bell Ranger heli. Not so bad.

We’re hiking in with Dawa Sherpa who will then become our Sherpa on the south col. If she summits, sounds like she will be the first Nepalese woman to summit in the capacity of a working Sherpa. Really very cool… Especially since she is only 23 years old!

I’ve been fighting a cold this whole trip, hoping I can keep it at bay. My whole family was sick before I left and I brought it with me. The good thing is we have a slow pace with lots of sleep. Lots of food as well- always a good thing.

Anyway, I am hoping this post will work- if so I will follow with more photos!!




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