SAT BROADCAST # 2
Dear friends and colleagues.
Sorry in advance for my typos....altitude and cold fingers doing the best they
We are now only two days away
from base camp of Everest.
I have traveled from:
March 15th day 1
Luckla to Phakding. (9,500
March 16th Day 2
Phackding to Namche.( 11, 000
March 17th Day 3
Namche to Syangboche and back
to Namche. (12, 000 feet)
March 18th Day 4
Namche back to Lukla.
Antoinette who decided to return home. (12 hours Hike)
The group continued on while
I escorted Antoinette back to a safe altitude to fly home. I was very proud
of her for climbing to 12, 00 feet and having the mature and wise decision to
go down. She is a strong willed person and
I love her to bits.
March 19th Day 5
I climbed from Lukla to
Tengboche Monastery at 12, 500 feet in 14 hours. I was somewhat acclimatized
so I rocked the house. The Sherpas called me MANNY SHERPA because they saw me
climbing back up so fast. Little did they know my lungs took a beating. It
was cool to see that my body was soaking up the available oxygen. Did the last
part at night...spooky being alone> I also say a mountain leopard and this
really scared me but he was
friendly.....I called him (or
her) SPOOKY. Spooku followed me for a few hours being playful....it was good
company after I saw the poor cat just wanted some attention.
March 20th Day 6
I climbed from Tengboche
Monastery to Dingboche at 13, 500 feet and met up with the group. Took me six
hours as it was a steep way up thought a dense forest
March 21 Day 7
Dingboche to Lobuche at 15,
500 feet. Cold place. My damn caugh returned and put kick in me. I think
the fast climbing took its tool on me.
March 22 Day 8
Decided to stay put at
Lobuche as Chantale started vomiting from the high altitude and did not
sleep. I did not sleep either keeping an eye on her during the night. A
Canadian Climber died a few days ago in his sleep from High Altitude Pulmonary
Edema (HAPE) because his friends did not listen to his complaints of ill
feeling and left him unsupervised during the night.
SO.....I was on duty
March 23 Day 9
Chantale oxygen saturation is
67% WAY TOO LOW......after two nights at 15, 500 feet. I called the ball and
decided she was to go down before having an unconscious person on my hands. I
have seen this before and I was not about to let anyone get hurt on my team.
We headed down today feeling good about our decision. March Andre and
Patrick move on to Base Camp with Samden
SHERPA. They are doing well
and are well supervised.
March 24 Day 10
We had the great honor to
visit a friend of Samden Sherpa, Geishin
Lama....man it was so
spiritual. He chanted to the gods above to keep me safe on Everest and gave
me gift and keep safe medallion to wear around my neck during my climb. This
does not happen every dau that a Lama accepts to see a foreigner. He took a
long hard look at me...right into my eyes...I felt he could see my
soul....then he smiled and accepted to see me. He chanted, placed holy rice on
my head, asked me a few questions that CHIMI SHERPA translated for me. He
then placed his heavy, rugged, dark hands on
my head and said a prayer.
My spirit felt lifted and secure.
My cough has all but
STAY TUNED FOR NEXT UPDATE IN
A FEW DAYS
Founder and co-leader of Climb High Expeditions, was born in Valparaiso,
Chile. His first language is Spanish and after immigrating to Canada in 1973,
he learned to speak French and English as well. As a young man, “Manny” joined
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets. It was in this environment that he learned his
first skills as an outdoors enthusiast. Paramilitary requirements of being a
pilot in this organization equipped him with reliable, essential, and
practical experience with summer and winter survival skills.
In 1985, Manny started his climbing career on the smooth slopes of Mount
Washington, New Hampshire. During these years, he merged his paramilitary
knowledge with his ski mountaineering skills. His experience as an extreme
alpine skier and ice climber gave him the confidence to challenge Mt.
Aconcagua in Argentina. It was during this expedition that he met Jim Albert
and both men became fast friends. Jim and Manny reached the summit on January
20th and 21st, 1995. Manny has since logged two more climbs to Aconcagua and
is soon returning for a fourth time with clients from Montréal, Québec.
In 1998, Manny reached the
summit of Surya Peak in Nepal (17,800 ft). He also participated in several
high altitude treks in the Everest region, where he familiarized himself with
the Base Camp and Kala Pattar Peak (18,445 ft). During this trip, Manny was
commended for his assistance in retrieving the body of fellow climber Luther
Jerstad who was part of the 1963 “All American Expedition” to Mt. Everest. Mr.
Jerstad unfortunately passed away from heart failure during the trek to
Everest Base Camp accompanied by his grandson. Dr. Cameron Bangs, a leading
expert in frostbite research, was present during the ordeal and personally
thanked Manny for his efforts.
Throughout the last decade, Manny has been leading expeditionary teams to some
of the tallest mountains in the world.
In 2000, he reached the summit of Mt. McKinley in Alaska
(20,320 ft). In April of 2002, he reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in
Africa (19,450 ft). Altogether, he has logged over five thousand hours of
expedition style climbing experience in several parts of the world.
With Manny and Jimmy, safety comes first. As they matured as humans and
climbers, they began to see and feel the amazing parallels between climbing
mountains and life itself. Although these endeavours are extremely demanding
on the body and mind, Manny truly believes that they teach human beings the
true meaning of determination, perseverance, teamwork, and conflict
resolution, and above all, the value of learning from our mistakes. Painful
lessons have taught them that to reach a state of glory, we must sometimes
fall from grace, rebuild, and start all over again. And at times, Mother
Nature was relentless with Manny and his teammates forcing them to retreat
from their summit bids as the only way to survive. We embark on these projects
because we love climbing and because we truly believe that our expeditions
help people look beyond the limitations of their distinctive challenge, be it
physical, mental, or educational. We aim to evoke imagination, courage and,
perseverance in our clients. While it is true that we want to quench our own
thirst for personal adventure, we also want others to benefit from our dreams
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