Hi It’s Paul writing this on my home computer! We arrived home the other day and have spent the last couple of days busily washing clothes and putting away gear.
Getting away from Kathmandu
We got away OK at the airport, but it wasn’t without a fight. We had excess baggage – 74kg checked onto the plane, with an allowance of only 40kg between the two of us. At $25 per kilo it was looking pretty expensive. But it could have been a lot worse. To try to reduce our weight, we had piled all the heavy stuff (like a few rocks that we really wanted to bring back from the mountain!) into our carry on backpacks and made them as heavy as we could, without looking too suspicious. We were also extremely lucky that some Australians from Melbourne that we met in Tibet, offered to take some of our luggage home with them as they had spare capacity, so when we met them again in Kathmandu they took 12kg from us. Thanks Vincent and Carolyn! But still we had 34kg extra. When we checked in we were pulled aside and marched over to the other side of the airport to the manager’s office, where after a lot of talking on my behalf he seemed to take pity on us and let us through without charging anything.
Arriving in Melbourne and seeing our families at the airport was great, but it was good to get home and see our house, garden (much greener than when we left) and our dogs. Everything seems well here, and certainly better than last time, when we arrived to a house that had been robbed.
I will do a few more updates in the next couple of days with my thoughts on the experience, comments on the gear and logistics plus some suggestions for the next batch of aspiring Everest climbers. I’ll also put up a list of the good restaurants that we ate at, because we did have some really great food in Kathmandu.
Would love to hear your comments about this site and suggestions for improvement
I am particularly keen to hear people’s ideas and suggestions for this site. There was a lot of interest in it from other climbers on the mountain, particularly the ease at which we were able to communicate by receiving your messages and posting replies to the site. I have a few ideas and a bit of time on my hands now to make some improvements. One of my first goals will be to rewrite the application that updates the site from a pda to make this easier to use.