folks from Mount Everest Base Camp,
We're here at
Base Camp waiting for the jet stream to move away from Everest
to give us the few days we need to climb this puppy and come
home. We are doing our best to keep our positive
spirits alive and our health in good condition while we await
a window of good weather for our summit attempt.
Tentatively, our plans are to ascend directly to Camp 2 in
a couple of days (May 17) where we'll wait for the window
of opportunity to take the message of CTD and TE '03 to the
top of the world (May 20/21). We are ready, the window will
come, it is now all about patience.
Since we returned to Base Camp, we've been inventing
daily projects to keep ourselves active. Yesterday, the wonderful
climbing Sherpa and I spent roughly 6 hours building a Texas
"sun deck" (all
the Sherpa grooving to the tunes of "Rasta Man - Alien"
by Urban Roots as we were moving the rocks!). As the glacier
at Base Camp continues to move, change and melt, all tents
inevitably become unstable. Basically, the tents provide
shade to the ice underneath them, which doesn't melt, while
all the ice around the tent does melt. After several weeks,
your tent is pitched on a platform of ice that is elevated
5-8 feet because all the ice around it has melted! So our
Texas sun deck is really just building up moving rocks to
keep our tent in place. We are trying our best to make the
hard work of reinforcing our tents a little more bearable,
as well as aesthetically pleasing!
can not tell you how much your emails mean to us and your
support of our message, CTD and our campaign. To the Challenge
Trek members, the Sherpa have been asking how you all are
doing since you have returned back home. You have really touched
their lives, as you did so many others around the world.
As a matter of fact, over the last couple of days, representatives
of CCTV-Central China Television have been our guests at Base
Camp. We had a lovely visit, and a great exchange of ideas
with our new Chinese friends Ming and Pin and their crew here
at camp. They interviewed our climbing Sherpa and me on video,
which will be flown back to Beijing to be aired throughout
China. Disability awareness to a whole new level! Team Everest
continues to rock the world - promoting the potential of people
with disabilities. Thank you to CCTV and all of our supporters
in China! Bless you all and good luck to the Chinese team
on the North side of Mount Everest!
is a fact of life at 17,000ft that you never really feel 100%.
We keep discussing the powerful message behind TE '03 and
what we have accomplished so far and I have to say that these
are the best motivational discussions we have. Team Everest
'03 is all about positive human spirit - regardless of culture,
nationality, ability or disability.
In our down time at Base Camp, we are continuing to improve
our Sherpa language skills. Today we spent some time learning
mountain-related words, which we'd like to share with you,
especially the students at Texas School for the Deaf Middle
School, Mrs. Jaensch's 8th grade class at Easthampton Middle
School in NJ, Dripping Springs,TX and the 2nd graders in Riga,
Latvia! We love that you are learning the Sherpa language
Now for the words: tent: tambu, mountain:kangri,
rock:dou, icefall:charum, glacier:druk,
avalanche:kugi tokpa, crevasse: sirka, ice:
charum, Everest: Chomolungma, South Summit: mola
gola, Summit: gola, snow: kha, wind: lung,
helicopter: heli. [For those who are wondering, didi
means sister in the Nepali language - not Sherpa!]
like to send a huge congratulations to our Expedition doctor
Janis Tupesis for his appointment to the National Emergency
Medicine Residents Association - International Emergency Medicine
Committee. Way to go Janis!! Thanks again to the Emergency
Department at the University of Chicago for loaning Janis
As you can see, our climbing sirdar Nima Dawa Sherpa is wearing
the official Team Everest T-shirt. How much more official
can you get then them being worn at Mount Everest Base Camp?
The Ts are one of a kind and easy
to buy. You will look great wearing it and your purchase
will support the best cause going! The Tshirts (and posters)
were designed by the famous team at Austin's Printglobe.
Thanks to Mr. Steinborn, Philip and all of the staff.
More to come in the next few days!