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Mt. Kilimanjaro - 19,340 ft. (5,895m)

January 27 - February 16, 2013

Where Lucille has been for the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Second slide show evening

For those who are unable to come to the first slide show or for those who want to come out a second time there will be a second presentation on August 28th and Domhnall will be at this one!  Yeah!!!  You may want to come out and see this one too as you can hear the story from his point of view, not just mine.  We guarantee a great time with spectacular photos, some really good stories along with a few drinks and some good food shared with good friends.  Location to be announced.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Slide show

Come on out and join us for a really fun evening.
On June 21st starting at 7pm we will have two slide shows for your viewing pleasure. First Kathy will be presenting the beautiful pictures of her trip to Antarctica and Easter Island. Then I will tell you all the stories of our harrowing😉 expedition to Manaslu along with some fabulous and very snowy pictures.
This will be taking place June 21, at the Suede Lounge located on Jasper and 118st. starting at 7pm.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back home

It is so good to be back home, visiting and catching up with everyone.  I still have a few days before I have to go back to work so this feels really relaxing which feels like such a treat. 

While unpacking I ran across this quote that was given to me at my Puja ceremony two years ago when I was on my way to climb Mt Everest and thought that I would share it with you.  Enjoy.

A request to all sentient beings on this planet..........

Give up all intention to harm others from your heart
And do your best to benefit them all
If each and everyone feels the universal responsibility to do so,
We will all enjoy the feast of peace!

This wishing prayer was written by Lama Geshe from Pangpoche
located in the foothills of mighty mountain Jomo Langma (Mt Everest)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hong Kong airport

Only a few more hours until we are home. It is a bit unfair of me to take a picture of Domhnall while he is sleeping but I figured that since he made the decision to stay in the airport until our flight - 10 hours, instead of going out and having some fun - that I am entitled!!! The fact that we were up all day until our flight at 2330 then we only had about two hours of sleep on the flight over is no excuse.

While we were waiting for our flight from KTM we ran into two researchers that were doing some research on altitude in the Everest region. They collected a lot of data unfortunately for me it was mostly on males.....16 males and only 2 females. 😞
I find that Domhnall and I not only acclimatize at different rates and we are strong/weaker at different elevations but we also do things differently when on the mountain. This can have the effect of either complimenting each other or it can be a source of friction.
It will be interesting to read their research paper which should be ready in about a year. Domhnall offered to be a lab rat for them, and although it is too late for this year it sounds like they are interested in studying him the next time he comes back from being at 8000m+.
See you all soon.

Last day in Kathmandu

Today I was the princess and took a rickshaw ride to go clothes shopping with Jhita. Yesterday one of the girls staying at the hotel showed up with a sari and some other clothing that she had had made, and it was so beautiful that I thought I would like to bring home something similar.
The problem was that I only had a few hours before flying out so I had to buy something ready made instead of having something custom made for me.
The shopping experience here in Kathmandu is so different than back home. Here you enter the shop and you sit down on a comfortable sofa. You are offered tea and sweets while the sales ladies open up package after package offering what they have, which is an enormous selection, no two similar let alone alike! Amazing.

Then after I had made my selection the tailor came in, took my measurements and headed off to make the alterations.
When he returned the shop was full of women and they all wanted to see me in my new outfits. This was so much fun!!!