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  SummitClimb Pumori 2004: Dispatch Three


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Dear EverestNews.com, Another arrival for our team today, with Daniel Marino, from Melbourne Australia. This is Daniel’s first trip to Nepal and he spent a wide-eyed afternoon checking out the sights, sounds and smells of Kathmandu!

Rex and I have started our daily training walks to Swayabunath, or “the Monkey Temple” as it’s more commonly known. I say training walks, because the walk involves approximately 5 km to the base of the temple, then a steep, 1000 step climb to the temple itself. The efforts though, are extremely rewarding. It’s very peaceful, with the sound of Monks chanting and the scent of incense and butter candles burning.

Murari Sharma, our Trekking Agent from Parivar Trekking also arrived back in Nepal today. He’s been traveling with Dan Mazur in the USA and UK, promoting the Mt Everest Foundation – a charity that has been established to assist the people of Patale Village. The Foundation will eventually provide a much needed health care facility and workers and also build a new school.

Our expedition is really starting to come together now. With the arrival of Murari, we’ve now got the permit paperwork underway, the food and equipment being delivered, and our Staff organized. It seems we have a very strong team of Sherpa Staff. Our Staff list follows - Jangbu Sherpa, Shera Sherpa, Lakpah Sherpa, Tenzing Sherpa, Maya Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa.

Jangbu has been with us on several Expeditions, is an awesome climber and extremely strong. He is also very perceptive to member needs and takes very good care of people in his charge.

Shera has climbed Ama Dablam twice and has been high on Pumori and Manaslu. His English is excellent and he is a very personable fellow.

Lakpah and Tenzing are “our muscle”. They are enormously strong and can easily carry loads up to 50kg for long periods. They are valuable additions and are essential to the success of the Team.

Maya broke a world record in 2003 by being the world’s first Nepali woman on the summit of Ama Dablam. We are hoping she can establish the same record on Pumori.

Lakpa worked for us a Trekking Guide in 2003. This will be her first mountain. We wish her the very best of luck! 

Right now though, Rex, Daniel and I are off to check out what the Roadhouse Café has to offer for dinner!

More news tomorrow

Thank you very much for reading, from Jay Reilly and all of us at Summitclimb.com 

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