Hi everyone - its Paul here
coming in live over the Satellite Phone for the first time this trip.
I'm very pleased to say that
we have finally arrived in Nepal and now it really feels like we are on our
As anticipated, we did have some problems with our luggage. Fortunately our
extra allowance was extended to Chris and Bridget (who were on the same flight
and are trekking into basecamp with us). However, that still meant that we
were about 30kgs over limit - which was going to cost around $600. But by
reshuffling even more gear into our hand luggage, and removing our camp beds
(a luxury we had brought in for basecamp), we squeaked in within the limit.
And in the end, we decided to try to board with the camp beds as hand luggage
as well as our already well loaded day-packs. We weren't stopped so we've
ended up with all of our gear here.
The flight itself was fine and we managed to catch a bit of sleep on the leg
to Bangkok. Once in Kathmandu, we were met by IMG representatives and
introduced to some of the other climbers and trekkers in our expedition. We
were then taken to our hotel and given a short briefing about organizing our
luggage so that the majority of it can be shipped (by helicopter and yak)
straight into basecamp. The trip from the airport to the hotel bought back
memories from the last time we were here 10 years ago - beeping horns and cars
everywhere, lots of roadworks, buildings built right up to the narrow streets,
the bright colors of people's clothing, the street vendors, rickshaws and tuk
Meet and greet
There are all combinations of people on our expedition. Some are just trekking
into basecamp, others are climbing Island Peak, others are climbing through
the Khumbu Icefall, and then there are those climbing Everest - some of which
have private, western guides, and others (like us) have hired their own
Sherpas. Everyone we've met so far seems great - but we're still really just
getting to know who's who and trying to remember everyone's names. There are
20 people in total, of which 16 are climbing and 4 are trekking.
We had a great dinner of Pizza at restaurant recommended by a friend of
Bridget and then looked at a few of the gear shops in the nearby Thamel
district. We need to get a couple of things before we depart on Thursday
morning for the mountains. Tomorrow will be a hectic day and the plan is to
leave the next morning at 5am.
Sport Everest Boot has made some minor changes by adding
more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High
altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to
-75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads.
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid
shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and
removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive
fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to
increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate
Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
SIZES LISTED. See more here.
weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand
See more here.