And the season begins. This week, climbers started arriving inKathmandu. Some immediately tried to get to Lukla, without success, andothers tried to get into replica Tissot watches Tibet, without success. However, as we enter Sunday in Nepal, the clouds broke and flights to Luklastarted again. I am receiving notes from climbers already in Namache. Another normalbeginning to the season.Luanne Freer, of EverestER put it well in her Blog. This is Luannes8th season of providing medical services to climbers, Sherpas andporters through EverestER.Early this morning, bags all packed and ready, we headedto the airport for our flight to Lukla, 2800m where we begin our trekto Everest base camp
Flying in this part of the world is always replica Bvlgari watches anadventure - from the crowded and chaotic terminal to the alwaysstressful weighing of the bags (were set to take off with 220kg, whichis kind of slim for us) to the hurry up and wait of the actual boardingprocess. Then theres the biggest unknown ... the weather. Flights toLukla rely not only on skillful pilots and hardy planes, but on mostlyclear skies, since the landing is purely visual, and the landing strip... well ... downright scary - an inclined short runway carved into theside of the mountain (see below ... Im sweating already...) Today,for the 3rd day in a row, anxious folks waited in vain for the skies toclear in Lukla. And because of the backlog of the past few days therewasnt a spare seat in the boarding gates.A few new climbers to highlight.
Wendy Booker, who has MS, is returning after her attempt replica Rado watches last year.She is climbing with RMI this time. Over on the north, a very smallteam of Julio Bird, Bill Fischer and 70 year-old Japanese Hoshino Koheiwill be going for the top. This means we will see a 13 year-old and a70 year-old on the same side!Speaking of the north, China officially closed the border a fewweeks ago and hinted it would reopen around April 10th. This delayedand even caused some expeditions to cancel other climbs. We will seewhen it really opens but this comment from Jantoon Reigersman tells usthe current status. Jantoon is trying to combine cycling, a deep waterdive of 1300m (4265 ft) and his Everest summit for a full 9000mexperience.Unfortunately, we are still having delays in getting thepermits and due to possible strikes in China, we will not be able tofile any work until March 29th.