Newsletter #915 February 2014
It has been a little while since we posted a newsletter, but that is not to say that nothing has been happening with our 7 + 2 Project.
After Aconcagua Jing and Mark flew back to New Zealand where Mark had the opportunity to stay for a few days in order to arrange his Russian Visa. In the meanwhile Jing went to Australia and climbed (trekked) to the summit of Kosciusko. A day later she was parapenting to fill in time before getting connecting flights to Kilimanjaro.
There is considerable debate about what are the true 7 summits. Some people consider that Kosciusko is the summit of the continent of Australia, but others consider that Carstensz is the summit of the Austa-Asian tectonic plates, so it is for this reason that Jing is actually climbing both summits...just to be sure!!
The same as Jing is planning to climb Mont Blanc as well as Elbrus, just to be sure that she has climbed the highest summits on all continents. So really this is a 9 + 2 Project.
There she was met with representatives of www.earthtoursandtravel.com who are organising this section of the project.
This Saturday morning I received a phone call to say that Jing was now on the summit of Kilimanjaro and was making her way back to Moshi.
The next stage is to travel to Jakarta where Jing will once again meet with Mark and another of our Himalayan Experience Everest guides Hiro to travel to Carstensz.
So now with: South Pole, Vinson, Aconcagua, Kosciusko and Kilimanjaro out of the way in 1 ½ months we now have a 4 + 1 Project ahead.
In the meanwhile I have been in Kathmandu these last days organising the food, oxygen, Sherpa staff and logistics for our fast approaching Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Lobuche Peak expeditions as well as the trek to Base Camp for several supporters.