Newsletter 230 August 1998
The team assembles in Kathmandu.Straight away the ritual known as 'the packing of the blue barrel' begins. A quiet team meeting in the hotel bar is interrupted by Victor Saunders, Jim Curran and Chris Bonnington. Much theorising and discussion on a range of topics follow. Messrs. Bonnington, Curran and Saunders are given a good run for their money. 34 bottles of strong beer are reported missing in action - presumed dead.