|The group is comprised
of four men and four women, seven of whom are Americans and one from
Bergita, a lovely, gracious 63 year-old lady from
Boston who virtually outpaced all of us.
Maureen, also from Boston, she pronounced early on that she
would be the "slowest" in the group . . . I proved her wrong.
Val, a very interesting person, world class trekker from the
U.K. who was organized, efficient, and left all of us behind in the
Jeannie & Bert from South Carolina. They celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary on the trek. What most of all impressed me
was how, under occasional challenging conditions and very close living
spaces, they set an example that most married couples would find very
difficult to meet.
Tom. I met Tom while preparing
for a keynote speech at the Seiko Watch Company's national sales
meeting. I mentioned the trip to him and he said, "Sign me up," and we
had a great two weeks trekking together in the Himalayas.
Joe. A quiet, reserved CPA and speaker from Florida, who seemed
to be the target of every street vendor in Kathmandu. He caught a nasty
cold or flu which would have knocked 80% of all people down and out. Joe
demonstrated real courage and conviction by finishing this trip. And his
bright red nose was one that even Rudolph would admire.
Mike. The 30-year-old professional guide who led this very diverse
group of people. His in-depth knowledge of the area, his command of the
Nepali language, and his overall leadership ability exposed us to many
experiences we might not otherwise have enjoyed.
Jennie. Mike's wife of four months. On her first
trip into the Khumbu region, like Mike, was able to walk up and down the
trails with the greatest of ease. Ahhh, to be young again, and in great
shape to boot.
Besides the guide, the expedition was supported by 4 sherpas, 6 porters,
a cook and two cookboys, and an occasional yak or two. They handled all
of our gear, meals, and camp setup. We carried only a day pack, camera,
My extensive research of this trip led me to Camp 5, an expedition company
headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah (800-914-3834). What impressed me
the most was that the group size was limited to eight people, each person
got their own tent, and that in a filthy third-world country, hygiene
was the #1 priority. Further, their guides are true professionals who
know the regions and the value of proper acclimatization at high altitudes.
That proved to be very important.