February 15, 2018
We have had a busy week packing gear and food for this Spring on Mount Everest. It is always a fun time of the season when we get everything together in one place. Eureka tents, Outdoor Research Gear for our Sherpa Team, JanSport Backpacks, Adventure Medical Kits, Jetboil Stoves and a whole lot of food; brought together to repack and ship to Nepal.
As you can imagine, we’ve been collecting and acquiring gear over the past few months in a few different places, so the first objective this week was to collect all the gear and get it to one place. The next task was to put together the burly boxes we use for the shipment. Then, it was time to take a trip to a couple of our favorite stores to buy some food. After the shopping spree, we had the gear, the food and the boxes all in one place. On to phase 2, ripping and tearing the gear apart, recycling all the cardboard & plastic, minimizing the size, weight and amount of trash we ship. After this, we pack it all in the boxes, record what is in each box, then load it up and take it all to the airport.
I’m now happy to report that the packing is done and our shipment has been delivered to our shipping agent. This is just the start of the long journey to Everest Base Camp. From the USA, our food, gear and oxygen will make its way over to Kathmandu where Ang Jangbu and the Team will receive it and repack it again for the trip up the Khumbu Valley.
All is going well with the 2018 Everest Expedition!