Bill Allen, Kathmandu May 24th
What a whirlwind… It’s only been a couple of days since we stood on top of Mt Everest, and here we are back in Kathmandu at the luxury of the Hyatt Hotel. Yesterday Ephi, Chris, Neal, and I flew here via helicopter directly from base camp. The rest of the team, Gregg, Newall, Irek (and family) and Scott are on their way here right now. It’s almost too fast to absorb the change, but we’re managing to enjoy it.
It was an amazing trip, and it’s hard to believe it is over. Just a few days ago Everest dominated our world, and thoughts and it’s a little hard to let it go. We’ve said our goodbyes to our amazing team of Sherpa, and the climbers are about to start heading home. Each of our team members did an incredible job up there, climbing the mountain in good style and making great friends along the way. We’ve been together for 2 months now, through some stressful circumstances, and come out friends. That is a testament to the individuals and the team as much as the success on the mountain. We’ll all remain friends for a long time I’m sure, and may even get together for Irek’s 50th birthday in Poland in just a few months.
Neal, once again, took many fantastic pictures on our summit push and really captured the place and feeling better than any pictures I’ve seen of the top of Everest (maybe it helps that I was there that day). I would love to post hundreds of his pics, but I’m trying to limit myself. Thanks so much to Neal for sharing these images with us.