Hello from Kathmandu

Dear friends, I'm sending greetings from Kathmandu as we approach the one year anniversary of their catastrophic earthquake.  Thankfully, the clean-up is well progressed and even some reconstruction is underway.  Sadly, there is much dispute about who gets what and when, with even a few refugees left in a tent village in the middle of the city.  I will share some pictures when back home the first week of June.

Tomorrow we fly to Lhasa, our group of eight cheerful mountaineers (including 3 physicians so, should I stub my toe, I can afford to be particular), one experienced and fun-loving guide, and six ever-capable Sherpas.  In a couple of weeks we will be in Advance Base Camp on Cho Oyu, the world's sixth tallest mountain or, to expropriate a phrase from V&C's history once again, my "peak of dreams".  This is a return journey, having attempted the same route back in 2010.  The mountain and weather demonstrated who was in charge and unfortunately no one attained the summit that year.  Regardless, the journey is what matters, along with the friends one meets along the way.  There are significantly less climbers registered this year, which may explain why the famous Elizabeth Hawley, keeper of The Himalayan Database, sent a runner over to our hotel to collect names.  As they say, if Miss Hawley doesn't say you made the summit, then you didn't!

For those interested in this sort of thing wink, I'm wearing a Sinn EZM 3 right now but a special-to-me VC watch is tucked away in my kit bag for summit day.

Cheers for now, Dean

Good Luck on the Summit!
04/18/2016 - 12:30

Hi Dean,  thanks for the report from Katmandu, though it may not all be good.

I didn't know you would be crossing borders.  Daisy and I have wonderful memories of Lhasa.

I hope to hear about the positive results of your trip and summit!

P.S.  For those interested in such things...by coincidence, the watch I'm wearing right now says hello to your's wink

 Good Luck on the Summit!


Enjoy the Peak of your dreams :-)
04/18/2016 - 13:53
Re: Hello from Kathmandu
04/18/2016 - 18:57

Hi Dean

Good luck and weather on Cho Oyu. First time in the 8k zone wearing a VC?




Re: Hello from Kathmandu
04/18/2016 - 19:36

Take care

Safe travels Dean and can't wait for the pictures!
04/18/2016 - 20:43


A place I've always wanted to see
04/19/2016 - 16:35

Wow, just like Bob Seeger said,

   That's where I'm goin to Katmandu   Up to the mountains where I'm going to   If I ever get out of here  That's what I'm gonna do

Any watch selfies from the summit?

Have fun be safe!


Re: Hello from Kathmandu
04/20/2016 - 16:56


Have a safe trip.

I'm looking forward to your photos.



Thanks all, now in Lhasa
04/21/2016 - 08:58

It was quite a journey just getting to Lhasa as our flight was first delayed then diverted to Chengdu but finally ,after 3 hours sleep in 48 hours, we are all here in Lhasa.  Did the tourist thing and visited the famous Potala Palace this morning.  Walked around this very clean and modern city (when compared with Kathmandu) for the afternoon.  We leave for the back country tomorrow so I will not be in touch for quite some time.  Cheers all and be well.  Dean

Dean, I wish you a great trip, serenity,
04/22/2016 - 18:33

wonderful memories and later, some photos to be shared here.

Enjoy every (watch) time of your holidays.



Best wishes
04/21/2016 - 20:24

Be safe and good luck.  I look forward to hearing the tales of derring-do told 'round this virtual campfire of ours.  Can't wait to see the picture with your special V&C.  ("Special to you" means it is special in an absolute sense, as it is yours!)

Bon voyage.