Wednesday March 30th 5pm,
We've climbed to 2,640m.
We had an amazing flight from
Kathmandu to Lukla this morning and set about getting our equipment sorted and
loaded on to the yaks. This afternoon, after lunch, we started our long hike
to base camp with a four hour climb to Phakding which is at 2,640m. Everyone
arrived safe and is doing well.
Our expedition party has
grown. It is now 17 Canadian hikers and climbers, with a support staff of 48.
The support consists of 2 cooks, 8 kitchen helpers, 25 porters, 5 yak drivers,
7 sherpas, 1 manager and 16 yaks! There are further support people along the
As we climbed to Phakding we
crossed two raging rivers by swinging bridges, safely and had our first
glimpse of the spectacular Himalayas with a distant 21,000 ft peak (Everest is
29,028 ft). We walked through several Nepalese villages where the children
came running out shouting “bonbon, bonbon”. The children are happy and cute
and very pleased to see us. In fact, all the Nepalese people we have met have
been tremendously courteous and friendly.
Temperatures are sliding fast
tonight as we bundle up to keep warm. Dinner is being prepared. Tomorrow we
continue the climb to Namche Bazar, which will be a long arduous climb after
today’s relatively short hike.
I’m pleased to say that the
satellite communications are working well. There’s always that moment of doubt
when you test it in Ottawa and you worry about the lack of an IT help desk
support group when you’re on the other side of the world! So far, so good.
Tuesday 29th March, 10am
Is your company profitable?
Diary by Terry Kell
Yesterday we met with the
director of the Child Haven orphanage in Kathmandu, Argen, to discuss the
needs of the orphanage before we went shopping. We took the money we’d raised
at the Data Assault seminars in Ottawa and Toronto and went to a music store
and bought a Yamaha keyboard, so that the children can learn to play the
piano. Then we went on to a sports store and bought ping pong balls and
paddles, tennis balls, soccer balls, skipping ropes, board games, chess sets
and lots of other sporting items. Finally we visited a school supplies store
and bought pens, paper, pencils, erasers and all manner of things for the
To travel to the orphanage we
had to go through the poorest part of Kathmandu with unbelievable poverty. I
can’t comprehend how people live, in filth and rags, in holes and hovels. This
poverty is very hard to describe and a far cry from the comforts of most
By contrast, the orphanage
was bright and cheerful. They look after 123 orphans, who are well cared for,
bright, happy and speak English well. Everyone in the expedition was very
touched by our reception. The girls put on a charming welcoming dance for us
and then they asked us lots of questions. One of the boys, who was 16, asked
if Kanatek is a profitable company and whether it paid taxes! He’ll go far,
I’m sure! I wonder if the Canada Revenue Agency knows about him?
Later, when we got back to
the hotel, we worked with Sean Egan to sort out his equipment for his ascent,
fitting boots and crampons.
Monday 28th 11am,
Kathmandu. (EST is 11 hours behind Nepal)
The expedition begins!
Diary by Terry Kell
Everyone has arrived safely,
on time, with all our equipment. We are rested and in good shape.
We had a very interesting
flight over from Bahrain where a Saudi sheik joined the flight, complete with
a falcon and the falcon had his own seat to Kathmandu! When we arrived we were
met by the head of the Sherpa team, who took all our baggage and made us feel
We have been testing the
technology for the back up and disaster recovery infrastructure and are taking
the satellite communications to the hotel rooftop this afternoon.
The research teams have
already started their work. One met with Dr Keith Burgess from the University
of Sydney in Australia to start the analysis of sleep patterns. And the
Ryerson University team met up with the student team from Kathmandu University
to start the tourism research, with surveys already issued.
This morning we are going
shopping to buy supplies for the Child Haven orphanage. With the money raised
by the expedition so far, we are able to buy equipment, school materials and
toys for the orphanage and we will deliver them at 2pm this afternoon. The
orphans are apparently going to put on a show so we look forward to seeing
After the show we'll have a
hockey practice in the parking lot of the hotel. There was some concern when
we brought the collapsible, full-size nets to Ottawa International Airport on
Friday and found that they were too big to get on the plane. But Air Canada
did us proud and the nets arrived, safely!
I am getting Blackberry
withdrawal feelings! My thumbs are resting but it feels very strange. The king
has shut down all cellular towers and communications are limited.
Kathmandu is absolutely
fabulous. It's hard to take everything in and the sights and sounds are beyond
my expectations. It's unbelievable to be here.
I expect to be on email later
and will talk more.
On March 25th 2005, a party
of Canadian climbers and hikers will set off on an assault on the world's
highest mountain, Mount Everest.
The expedition will be led by
Dr Sean Egan, an accomplished mountaineer and professor in the School of Human
Kinetics at University of Ottawa, and Peter Luk, director, School of Business
Management, Ryerson University .
Accompanying the climbing
expedition for three weeks is a party of hikers that includes senior IT
executives from private and public Canadian organizations and leaders from the
Ryerson University Business School . They will trek through Nepal to the
Everest Base Camp, starting from the exotic city of Kathmandu.
The expedition is sponsored
by Kanatek Technologies, an independent storage systems integrator based in
Ottawa , specializing in data availability, email archiving, and back up and
recovery solutions. Kanatek has a long tradition of hosting innovative events
and Kanatek president, Terry Kell says, “We want to put Canadian IT solutions
on top of the world. We will be using the latest in communications technology
to demonstrate data recovery in a hostile environment.”
The expedition is
co-sponsored by ProCurve Networking by HP, a supplier of enterprise networking
solutions, and SkyWave Mobile Communications, a world leader in
satellite-based asset tracking, monitoring, and control.
Expedition leader, Dr Egan,
says, “Two very well-respected Canadian universities are working together on
this expedition to complete some vital research. If we can get to the summit
it will be an added bonus.”
University of Ottawa and
Ryerson University have prepared research plans on coping with hypoxia (an
absence of oxygen reaching living tissues) , the relationships between fitness
and ageing, and sport tourism in the context of extreme adventure.
This is Dr Egan's third trip
to the mountain, and it will be his first summit attempt. If he his successful
in his bid, he will be the oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest . In
preparation for his Everest expedition, Dr Egan is currently conditioning by
climbing Mount Aconcagua in Argentina (22,841 feet). Mount Everest is 29,028
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game of shinny hockey around the Khumbu glacier on Mount Everest, taking the
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