Hello everyone who wants to follow Lee
and I on the road to Ama Dablam, Nepal.
This mountain is the Matterhorn of the Himalayas, and being 6,812 meters in
height it stands beautiful and proud as we trek towards it along the Solu
Khumbu Valley, the same trek for Everest south side. Just a quick one from the
city of Sydney, Aussieland. I keep forgetting how beautiful this city is from
the air as well as from the ground. I'll be in Kathmandu on the 1st Oct, pack
and plan logistics for our expedition till the 5th Oct when Lee arrives,
finalize our gear and fly to Lukla on the 7th Oct to start our trek to Ama
Dablam base camp. We are planning on climbing till the 8th of Nov, when we fly
back to our homes.
I'll write again in a few days letting you all know what is happening. So
exciting to be back in the Himalayas again.
Talk soon, much love and light.
Namaste from KTM, Nepal. Sending good
thoughts to you all from this magical city. For the past 60 years this land
and it's people have been catering towards Western folks and their ways into
the mountains. There are a lot of individuals and families being taken care of
by the wave of foreigners traveling from all over this planet to this land of
Nepal. It is such a win/win situation for everyone.
Lee arrived on the 5th of Oct, settled him down in his Yak and Yeti room,
not an easy thing since for the past 2 months KTM has been fully booked, no
rooms anywhere. We are fortunate, I have been using Iswari now for more then
10 years and he is the best, he was able to get us nice rooms for these 2
nights. The old classic saying... it is not what you know but who you know, I
personally feel it is best to have both of these in your quiver.
I just finished up with the packing of food and gear and dealing with the
permits. We met Elizabeth Hawley this morning for our normal gathering before
an expedition begins. We fly off to Lukla at 0500 in the morning and begin our
trek into Everest BC. We have had a bit of a change with our plans. Both Lee
and I thought it would be best to acclimatize for Ama Dablam with trekking to
Everest BC, at 5,300 meters, this way Lee is getting the best chance with the
altitude for Ama Dablam. Then he mentioned to me that while he is resting and
training around this height of 5,300 meters, I should run up Lhotse. So this
is what the plan is now, my permit is in my hand and I will check out the
route through the Khumbu, then the Cwm, onto the Lhotse head wall and see how
the conditions are treating me for a climb up the Lhutse coulior to the summit
of 8,516 meters.
After this we will head down to Ama Dablam for our climb to this summit of
6,812 meters of technical rock climbing. Looking forward to all this together
with Lee. I will be phoning in my dispatches through Daan at Macpac again and
letting you know how all is going in the Himalayas.
Good thoughts to you all from this wonderful place on this earth.
Talk soon again, cheers. Marty
Namaste and greetings from Namche Bazar.
This is the place where everyone in the Solu Kumbu comes to sell and buy at
the Saturday market place. And today it's Saturday and we experienced this
historic gathering place. Lee is going well, for the past 3 days we have been
trekking from Lukla, the airy airstrip on the side of a steep ridge where 100s
of flights come and go through out the trekking/climbing seasons. This place
is buzzing with people from around the world and we just get into our mountain
ways, learning to adjust to the altitudes daily, our bodies tell us what is
happening, good or bad and our minds are at peace working hard towards our
goals. Lee told me he has 4 goals with this journey... 1st, to make it to
Everest BC feeling good, 2nd for me to summit Lhotse, 3rd for us to summit Ama
Dablam and 4th for Lee to loose 30 pounds. Great to have goals on this earth.
This dispatch is to let you all know that we are doing well and are happy
with our day to day living in the Himalayas. We will head off to Panboche and
onward towards Dingboche, Loboche, Gorak Shepe and Everest BC for the next 6-7
days. We will try to send more dispatches from computers along the way, but
for sure we'll be in touch with our Sat Phone dispatches.
Looking forward to seeing how the Kumbu Ice Fall is feeling and then the
Lhotse face, once I get up there to feel it out I'll know where I will be
standing. I will keep in touch with you via dispatches. Very exciting days
coming up and this same excitement runs deep in my veins as I write to you all
right now, living in the now. Life is good...
Good thoughts to you all from the Himalayas, talk again in a few days time.
Much love and light, cheers, Marty and Lee.
Hello everyone, (inaudible) at Tengboche the most beautiful monastery...
highest monastery in Nepal and it's just powerful and magical. We just saw the
Mandala (inaudible) created inside the monastery and (inaudible) the coloured
sand and they prey pretty much for 3-4 days (inaudible). So it's really
powerful to witness and just be a part of.
We had an early morning, we got up here and saw Ama Dablam and that was
very welcoming for us. We trekked up here to the river camp and on into
Pangboche, so that's what our goal is the next 2-3 hours, we'll be walking the
foothills of the Himalayas. It's a beautiful little town and (inaudible)
cellphone coverage... we're on sat phone right now... thereafter will
definitely be sat phone.
We see everything up here; we see the crows, the yaks, the buffalos... the
monks residing within this monastery year round. Some go down to lower lands
to be with their family but they usually come back up and commit themselves
for the years on end. Some monks come her at 7 years of age and then leave at
18 and they go off in the world with the education they get in this amazingly
So yeah, this is it, this is us. We're getting into the rhythm of the
Himalayas and as we walk each day, we're acclimatising and feeling good and
Lee is doing great. He charged up this hill, about a 300 meter hill and did it
in a couple of hours and that's a really good beginning step for him and our
goal is to be able to keep acclimatising him all the way to Everest so he
feels good when we go after Ama Dablam.
OK hat's good enough for now. We'll talk to you later. Thanks a lot Daan
for making this happen again. OK good bye from Tengboche, Nepal.
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