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Outside Magazine & Ms. Hawley

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Monday–March 28

Things are taking shape as the team begins to arrive.  While at breakfast this morning, I ran into my guides; shortly thereafter, I met with Liz Hawley. Can’t blame you if you’re not familiar with the name, but Ms. Hawley has interviewed every summitteer going back to the early 1960s. It’s been said that you haven’t climbed Everest unless Liz Hawley says you’ve climbed Everest.  Outside Magazine recently did a great article on her (which she claims was  “mostly right” by the way). Click on Outside Magazine and the article will open in a new window for you.

IMG is also updating their website. Their coverage may well be more reliable than mine will be on the mountain and certainly more timely come summit day. Having breakfast with guides Greg and Justin, they mentioned to track their site as others, like you reading this, may want to get additional details on our climb. There should be photos of them getting our permits.

We did gear checks (safety, safety, safety) and then spent the rest of the day meeting and greeting other team members…

Musicians just assembled here and we’re all ready for the tunes and an evening of traditional bonding: raise a glass or two and drink some beer!  Yeah! We got all updated on our lives; it was a good way to find common connections seeing we will be spending the next 8 weeks or so very close together. Some of those scenarios can be potentially precarious, we know. I’m amazed and encouraged at the ease of our conversations and how they flow, a lot of it being open or candid. I’m sure that some raw emotions will also perk up between us. On this kind of journey, we all expect it.

There’s a code among mountaineers and it’s one that’s been sorta hijacked by the tourism experts and that code is,  What happens on the mountain, stays on the mountain, thus our lock down will be much tighter than anything that could possibly happen in Vegas! Too bad you won’t be getting any of those details here….heh-heh…

Written by mmsummits7

March 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Posted in Mountaineering

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