Dispatch 5 from Everest / April 1, 2012

O’Neill: Traveling to Kathmandu

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 really hope I didn’t leave my house in total chaos. Packing for this trip was more difficult than usual just based on the length of time Igone going to be gone. It also didn’t help that I wouldpack and then Quinn and grayden would find things in my bags that were “fun” and unpack them for me. I found my solar battery pack tied in the curtain strings. My brunt on solar roll was used as stepping stone to see over the railing- I’m going to cross my fingers that that will still work. I wasn’t totally encouraged by the loud cracking noise when Q actually started jumping on the poor thing.. I’m a little worried about thI thing I didn’t  find and that are not longer with me, hopefully, nothing too important.

Despite the fact that I left Telluride on Thursday, I am still on my way to Kathmandu. Due to some cancelled flights and long layovers, I will only get to Nepal today. I met up with Nat Geo writer Mark Jenkins in Dallas and was so payched that he got us an upgrade to fly business class on our 15 hr flight to Dubai. Ive never flown Emirates airlines before but they were so great, especially helping us with our absurd number of bags.

Our 24 hour layover in Dubai is coming to an end.  This is somewhere I never thought I would visit so it was pretty cool to see some of the sights yesterday. Today, we are on our final leg to kathmandu. One night in kathnmandu and off to Lukla and the start of our trek to Basecamp.

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