By Doug Pierson on June 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Comments (0)
Francisco's parents have been in Kathmandu since the 20th, so he's been investigating helicopter flights to save time, but man are they expensive. As in, they can cost as much as $5600 for three people. Not this guy. That's too expensive when I have feet that still move underneath me. So as for the rest of the team we'll be hoofing it.
All day, we packed. Our gear, team gear, comm equipment, cooking equipment. It all was packed up by the collective team, one piece at a time.
That night, we treated the team to a special meal -- we (Bridey, me, Francisco, Willie) cooked the Sherpas and cook team dinner, kicking them out of their tents and setting the table for them in the community shelter. We put out a deli plate, a giant vat of Thai chili, rice, and threw in a DVD for them to watch while eating. Somewhere, Sherpas unearthed two cases of beer to pass out. It was all great fun, even if they were extremely uneasy with us in the cook tent unattended. At least five times, we caught one or two peeking in to see what was happening and verify that we weren't about to burn down the tent.
It was a perfect way to close out the evening and the expedition, and they loved it just as much as we did.