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Shisha Pangma Auido Dispatch: At Camp 1

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Sep 202007
 

Alan describes being at Camp 1. To hear this Shisha Pangma 2007 audio dispatch, just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following Alan on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

Glacier Soldiers

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Sep 172007
 
Glacier Soldiers

The Ravens glided over ABC using the updrafts like the experts they are. Soon there were ten or more staring down as the Sherpas spread four strings of prayer flags in each direction from the central alter. It is said that Ravens are good luck at a Puja. One by one each team member arrived as did the cooks, yak herders and any one else associated with our expedition. Pujas are always special to me. It signals the transition from high altitude trekking and camping to high altitude mountaineering. We are not allowed on a big mountain without a Puja continue reading

Advanced Base Camp

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Sep 152007
 
Advanced Base Camp

The snow gently fell on my tent as I quickly crawled in after dinner. Off with the down jacket, then the fleece jacket and next the polypro top. On with the clean soft wool top. Now, off with the down pants and the trekking pants and the dusty trekking socks. On with my cherished merino wool socks I bought in New Zealand a decade ago. They are only worn on expeditions inside my sleeping bag. Now for my wool cap to keep me warm and into my down bag. Ah. In spite of the rocks under my tent, it felt continue reading

A Look in the Eye

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Sep 132007
 
A Look in the Eye

What does a look in the eye mean? We have been at Base Camp for four days now and I have gotten to know the local Tibetans fairly well by now. There is the quiet yak herder who looks you in the eye hoping to sell his knife or yak collar. The young girl who is famously shy and avoids the camera. The little one who joyfully plays jump rope with us and then the others. What do they think when they look in my eyes? Their expressions are mostly the same but when they smile the sunshine breaks loose. continue reading

Base Camp Life

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Sep 112007
 
Base Camp Life

It takes a few days to really appreciate the life at Base Camp. Once you arrive, there is the buzz of meeting new people, figuring out the tent situation and of course, staring at the objective. From BC we have a clear view of Shisha Pangma. But after a while, the schedule becomes obvious: wake up to the sounds of barking dogs at sunrise, lounge in the warm sleeping bag for another hour, have a nice breakfast and visit with the other teammates. Take a long walk and either be back for lunch or take something with you. Afternoon nap. continue reading

Finally: Shisha Pangma Base Camp!!

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Sep 092007
 
Finally: Shisha Pangma Base Camp!!

We made it! We left Shegar around nine for the last leg of our journey to BC. It was a great leg! The scenery was amazing as was the trip back in history. We left the semi reliable cell phone coverage – yes we were having cell phone coverage all the way from Lhasa – no idea what the roaming charges will be – to a land where they built 10 story signal towers out of mud and straw to stay in touch and to warn of impending attack. The road followed the natural contour of the land and stayed continue reading

From Tourist to Climbers

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Sep 092007
 
From Tourist to Climbers

Today’s, September 7th, drive from Shigatse to Shegar can be characterized as speed up, slow down. While the Chinese have invested tens of millions into improving the road systems, the roads were riddled with deep – 5 feet – holes marked by rocks. Landslides created more blockages with house size rocks strewn across the highway and then there were the convoys of Chinese officials traveling at twice the posted speed with police escort in full bloom – flashing lights and all. AND it was absolutely stunning. The Tibetan plateau began to reveal herself just after we left Shigatse. The brown continue reading

The Friendship Highway: Shigatse

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Sep 092007
 
The Friendship Highway: Shigatse

Yesterday, September 6th, was a travel day towards Base Camp. We left Lhasa around 9:00 AM taking the paved Friendship Highway to Shigatse. The altitude is 12, 795, a nice gain from Lhasa at 11,000′. The road was mostly smooth but huge potholes had the driver making quick moves. Also the oncoming traffic seemed to view the center line as a guideline not a rule so luckily there was a decent shoulder to use as an additional half lane when needed. Finally we shared the road with tractors, the ubiquitous Toyota Land Cruiser, tourists buses, goats and cows. It was continue reading

To hear this Shisha Pangma

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Sep 072007
 

To hear this Shisha Pangma 2007 audio dispatch, just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following me on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

Lhasa: a city of multiple faces

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Sep 052007
 
Lhasa: a city of multiple faces

Another great day in Lhasa. After a rainy night the air was cool and fresh as we left for our last day of sightseeing. Today we visited the Jokhang Temple and the Sera Monastery. The difference being that a Monastery teaches all subjects from religion to geography to science where a Temple focus on mostly religion. Both were great visits as well as seeing more of the people of Lhasa. Again, hospital it is not possible for me to share everything I saw and learned but here is a brief overview. The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. continue reading