With one week to go before we leave for our 64 day Everest expedition, nervous excitement is mounting!
On the 11 March we packed 279kg into our barrels to be air freighted to Nepal ahead of us – the barrels were mostly filled with food and other supplies for our relative comfort at Base Camp. Lots of Enduren, Douwe Egberts coffee, Germkill hygiene products, high energy foods, games (thanks Paul) and the all important protein – biltong – went into the barrels. Thank you once again to those who sponsored us with these supplies!
Sean and Rob depart SA on Sunday, taking our high altitude gear with them – this includes climbing gear for Wilmien, Nico and myself. The barrels and gear will then be trucked to Lukla airport in the Himalayas, from where it will be transported to Base Camp by Yaks and Sherpas. Along with gear sourced in Kathmandu, over 1 ton of supplies will travel to Base Camp in order for us to live there for 45 days during our climb and acclimatization.
Wilmien, Nico and I fly on Friday – with only 15 kgs of gear because of domestic flight restrictions – along with 8 trekkers who will accompany us to Base Camp.
I did the Everest Base Camp Trip in 2003, and it is my most memorable and spectacular mountain trip to date. Follow us on our trek which begins on the 30 March. We hope to enjoy wifi all along the trek, and will be posting to Facebook and our blogs (below) as we go along. Communication is so important to us, so please keep in touch via social media.
The Imtech Marine Satellite phone will be used primarily only for the high altitude climbing days away from Base Camp, and for the call from the summit!
I look forward to wearing your logos, to enjoying your supplies at Base Camp, to sharing with you all our experiences, and flying your flag on the Summit.
Please check in with me as much as possible, and thanks for your support and belief in me.
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