Recognizing what an extraordinary opportunity and experience the next several months will be, I wanted to do more than simply donate money and gear to the local population upon my trip’s completion as I normally do. Fortunately, I have Carla to help me transform these good intentions into action.
She has been coordinating with Ang Jangbu, who will be the Sirdar (head Sherpa) of my expedition, in Nepal, to whom we will be donating school supplies (crayons, pencils, notebooks), clothing and medical supplies for the children in the villages of the Khumbu Valley. These are the villages that I will visit on the way to Everest base camp and also where many of the Sherpas that will be assisting on the climb reside, so we wanted to show our respect, admiration and appreciation in advance.
Carla’s hospital is donating medical supplies and many of her co-workers are donating school supplies and/or cold weather kids clothing, and we are excited about what we have already gathered. It is getting close to departure time (March 16th — only 2 1/2 weeks away), but I wanted to let you know of our intentions so if anyone is interested in donating anything we will happily deliver your contributions upon our arrival in Kathmandu.
Please let me know if you are interested and I will coordinate a time with you to pick-up your donation if you are in the Denver area. For those of you that do not live in the Denver area but would like to participate, please contact me and we will try to find a way to make that happen. Thank you, in advance, for any donations and also for your continued interest in the trip.