Daily Dispatches

Title: USA/JAMAICA Everest Expedition 2009

31 March 2009: Rohan in Kathmandu..

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Yeah, I finally made it to Kathmandu!!! The flights were uneventful, except for the 90-minute delay in Bahrain and circling around Kathmandu for 45 minutes to wait out the thunder storms. Kathmandu hadn’t gotten any rain for about 6 months, so the past week of rain was very welcome for the locals. Ram, my Peak Promotion contact, told me that it was good luck. When I checked into the Tibet Guest House they had no power, so the porters had to lug my bags up 6 flights of stairs to my room. I made sure to tip them well!

After my morning interview with Billi from Himalayan Database (pictured), I did gear check with Ram and Pemba, one of my sherpas. Thankfully I had pretty much everything for the climb and just need to get a couple of items. They were surprised at how lightly I had packed and still have everything plus extras. Hmmm… little do they know.

Today is an easy day in Kathmandu just hanging out with Ram and other PP peeps. Tomorrow Pemba and I will fly to Lukla at 6:15 AM to start the trek to base camp. Kame Sherpa is already at BC setting up camp, so we’ll meet up with him there. We’ll try to get to Namche tomorrow, but it’ll depend on how I feel, so maybe we’ll only get to Phakding or Jorsale. The awesome thing about climbing alone is that you get what you want! I love it! Stay tuned… Cheers, Rohan.