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Dispatches from Everest
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Saeed Toossi Throughout the entire trip, Saeed will send dispatches to his web site team. They will in turn, post them on the web after they get them. The most recent dispatch will be at the top. Simply click on the title of the dispatch and it will open a new window. All the current month's dispatches will be posted on this page. An archive page will be added when needed. If you have any questions, please direct them to Saeed's Expedition e-mail or Saeed's Web Team during the expedition. Thanks and enjoy!


March ~ April ~ May

Not in the mountain's graces... yet
Sunday, April 30, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"Last night was not any better than the night before. Violent wind shook the tent all night. Today I was supposed to go to Camp III, but with high winds I did not see myself hanging from the fixed ropes of the Lhotse face..."

"Patience is a virtue"
Saturday, April 29, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"It was very windy last night where it was difficult to sleep. A few times I had to get up and lean agaist the tent wall to keep it from collapsing..."

Cook gets sick up high
Friday, April 28, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I woke up at 5:00 AM to be ready for beakfast at 5:30. I was out of the Camp at 6:00 heading for the Ice Fall..."

Waiting at Base Camp
Thursday, April 27, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"Last night we had some news that the bad weather is moving into higher camps, therefore I decided to delay my climb to Camp III. The weather news turned out to be false and it turned out to be a beautiful day at the BC..."

Getting closer to the sumit push
Monday - Wednesday, April 24 - 26, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"When I arrived at base camp yesterday I was greeted by Ankomi who had a big smile and thanking me for helping him at Camp II. He looked a lot better and was really going out of his way to make up for the few days that he could not perform his responsibilities as a high altitude cook..."

Frustration at 20,000 feet
Sunday, April 23, 2000
Camp I, Mt. Everest Nepal
"All last night was an off and on sleep. It was finally 6:00 AM and I got up to get ready for descending to Base Camp. I carefully packed and organized the stuff that I had to leave behind and put my boots inside the tent..."

Climb to the Lutse Face
Saturday, April 22, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"Today the Sherpas left early to carry some load to be deposited in Camp III for furthur carry to Camp IV. I got up and felt fresh and reasonably energetic for the altitude. This meant that my aclimitization was going well and my body was adjusting..."

Altitude Sickness at Camp II
Friday, April 21, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I opened the kitchen tent and I noticed Ankomi was laying down and showed no reaction. I called his name and he opened his eyes half way and mumbled something. I quickly opened the tent doors and turned off the gas burner that I do not know for how long he had it on..."

Acclimitizing at Camp II
Thursday, April 20, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I woke up this morning with a small headache that went away after an hour of starting the day. I had only appetite for some tea and cookies for breakfast..."

4 days at Camp II
Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Camp II, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I was up about 6:00 AM and I stretched out of the sleeping bag to turn on the stove to melt the frozen pot of water from yesterday. As the ice melted, the tent was warmer and more encouraging to leave the sleeping bag..."

On the way to Camp II
Tuesday, April 18, 2000
Camp I, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"The sun hitting the blue ice blocks that chaoticly and orderly are balanced on top of each other makes this place as beautiful as it is..."

Partial Icefall Collapse
Monday, April 17, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"The story was that a couple of places in the Ice Fall had "fallen" and Sherpas where repairing the broken ropes and ladders..."

A weekend at Base Camp
Friday - Sunday, April 14 - 16, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"The last three days at the BC have been rest and recovery days. Since the weather pattern is very predictable these days, I spent the first half of the days with washing, cleaning and catching up with socializing with other expeditions at the base camp..."

Rest day at Base Camp
Thursday, April 13, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I woke up with my pre-assigned radio contact with Jeff who was coming to Camp I. After a short conversation we assigned our next contact in the Ice Fall as he was coming up and I was going down..."

Rest day at Camp I
Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Camp I, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I did not leave my sleeping bag until the sun hit my tent at about 8:45 in the morning. Carlos from Spain was already up and running at that time and was getting ready to start the day in his tent next to mine..."

Camp I Excursion
Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Camp I, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I left BC about 8:30 AM this morning for Camp I under nice sunny weather. The route to Camp I goes through the famous Khumbu Ice Fall among large pieces of ice and snow and across ladders that have been put across large crevasses..."

Puja Ceremony Day
Monday, April 10, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"We could not have picked a better day for the Puja ceremony. A perfect calm and sunny day at our camp..."

Rest day at Base Camp
Sunday, April 9, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"Today was a rest day at BC and the first half of the day was spent on cleaning and house keeping activities around the tent..."

First trip through the Icefall
Saturday, April 8, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"I had my first climb up the famous Khumbu Ice Fall today. I made my climb solo up the ice fall because the Sherpa guides are waiting for our Puja ceremony before start climbing the mountain..."

Saeed has arrived in Base Camp
Saturday, April 8, 2000
Base Camp, Mt. Everest, Nepal
"Hi everyone, I arrived at Base Camp of Sagarmatha on April 5th at about 2:30 PM from Loboche. The altitude gain was only 1100 feet feet but the distance was long..." Includes Picture


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