We were greeted at the airport by our Nepali teammate Nawang Sherpa.
Once settled in Kathmandu, we began preparations for the trek and climb: checking the sturdiness of the climbing gear, testing the warmth of the sleeping bags and down suits, buying any last minute items that were needed, then safely packing all for transport via small airplane, yak, and human porters.
We also had obligatory meetings with press and officials: first of all with Miss Liz Hawley, who has chronicled and interviewed all climbing expeditions in Nepal for the past 40 years; then with top officials at the US Embassy; then with local press corps to introduce our unique expedition, its members, and its goals. At the press meeting, some of the top disabled athletes in Nepal attended. Among them was an incredible young man who had cycled the length of Nepal, with only one leg, a set of crutches, and a cleverly-designed bicycle.
After squeezing all that into a fast-paced four days, we boarded a flight to Lukla--the starting point for our trek to Everest.
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Arrival in Kathmandu,press/embassy meetings,preparations for the trek
Tom's downsuit will be an essential item for the upper part of Mount Everest. It must be warm and fit comfortably while climbing.
For decades, all Himalayan expeditions have been interviewed and chronicled by this extraordinary ex-patriate American woman, Liz Hawley. We all enjoyed meeting with her in Kathmandu.
This handsome young Nepali athlete, Yam Rasaili, impressed the crowd with his specially-designed bicycle and long-distance cycling skills.