Fiona here in Kathmandu – still!
Scouts Press Conference
Last night we were invited to a press conference that the Yorkshire Scouts were holding to officially announce their successful ascent of Mt Everest. They were climbing with a separate Asian Trekking group but were camped just near us so we knew a few of them reasonably well. We went along to support them and also out of curiosity to see how this sort of event ran. We were surprised to find that around 100 people were there – other climbers, reporters, friends and families of climbers, many past and present climbing Sherpas, government representatives, and Nepalese Scouts. The Scouts had prepared a professional presentation describing their preparations, the Centenial Scouts celebration, the community work that they have done in the region, and of course, their actual climb.
An Unexpected Presentation
More surprising was that after their presentation, the head of Asian Trekking also called up Paul and Dawa to receive their official summit certificates. This was fantastic for Paul to be able to receive this while we are here (otherwise they take several months in the mail).
We were all treated to a banquet dinner (yes, all 100 or so of us!) and Paul was even more surprised to find himself sitting next to an elderly Sherpa who climbed in the 1952 Spring Swiss expedition on Everest under the sirdar Tenzing Norgay. (For those that don’t know, in 1956, Tenzing went on to summit Everest for the first time ever with Sir Edmund Hilary.) Paul has read extensively on the Swiss expeditions which broke significant ground on Everest but were ultimately unsuccessful in reaching the summit – so he was extremely honoured to meet and talk with one of the legends from this era.
Heading to Tibet Tomorrow
Early tomorrow morning we leave Kathmandu for our trip through Tibet. Not really sure what to expect as we’ve heard mixed reports but we’re really looking forward to seeing another country and culture.
This will be our last update for a week or so as we’re not taking our communications gear with us and don’t expect to be in the vicinity of internet cafes. Depending on what time we get back here, we may update before leaving Kathmandu on the 10th, otherwise, next time will be from home (on or after the 11th).
That’s all for now. Hope everyone out there is well.