Day 2: The Team Meeting and bad news

Today I woke up in a beautiful and comfortable suite in the Courtyard Hotel, I took a long warm shower and went downstairs to have breakfast and meeting my climbing partners. Right after that, we started our first team meeting, and Phil Crampton, our Expedition Leader, did an amazing presentation, very inspiring and motivational. Unfortunately the presentation started with some bad news. Our schedule to cross the Tibetan border has been delayed due to politics and we are now forced to spend few more days relaxing at Kathmandu. I must say I’m happy about that, since I’ve had the most hectic three weeks of my life before departing and so now I have plenty of time for relaxing, shopping the last pieces of gear and doing lots of pending task in the Internet (including some work related)

One of the members had a friend recording short video interviews of each of us. I must admit I’m terrible with this sort of things, but I don’t want to be the weirdo here refusing to be part of the game.

Tonight we’ll have our first team dinner in a nice restaurant in Thamel. Before that I don’t want to do anything productive, just going for lunch and beers with my new climbing partners and tomorrow I’ll see if I can get a nice expedition T-Shirt done from the local guys who do beautiful hand shedding in a shop very close to the hotel.

This is the final list of climbers in Altitude Junkies 2013 Everest Team

  • Phil Crampton (UK/USA)
  • Nelson Dellis (USA)
  • Javier Fernandez (Spain)
  • Christopher Goodwin (UK)
  • Robert Kay (USA)
  • Ole Mose Nielsen (Denmark)
  • Edita Nichols (Lithuania)
  • Markus Roth (Australia)
  • Edward Searle (UK)
  • Margaret Watroba (Australia)
  • Holly Wright (UK)

We are pleased to have our regular crew of Sherpa and Tibetans under the directorship of our famous Sirdar, Dorjee ‘IMAX’ Sherpa. This years staff supporting the expedition are as follows:

Climbing Sherpa

  • Dorjee Sherpa (Sirdar)
  • Pasang Ongcho Sherpa
  • Kami Neru Sherpa
  • Pasang Nima Sherpa
  • Chhongba Nurbu Sherpa
  • Ang Gelu Sherpa
  • Sangee Sherpa
  • Tarkey Sherpa
  • Jangbu Sherpa
  • Fu Dorjee Sherpa
  • Pemba Zyabu Sherpa
  • Pasang Gelu Sherpa
  • Lakpa Tenzing Sherpa
  • Lakpa Dorjee Sherpa
  • Kitchen Sherpa
  • Da Pasang Sherpa (Head Cook)
  • Pemba Ngtar Sherpa (ABC Cook)

Kitchen Tibetans

  • Gelje
  • Tashi Chusung
  • Tenzing
  • Tashi (1)
  • Norbu (1)
  • Kasang Dorjee
  • Norbu (2)
  • Tashi (2)

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