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5th annual Khumbu Climbing School: Back to Nepal!
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Jan 4, 2008 21: 04 EST
The 5th annual Khumbu Climbing School Program is scheduled to begin in 2 weeks in the village of Phortse, Nepal. As in the past few years, the team expects to find spectacular ice for instruction for over 60 lucky students. The volunteer instructors (these students will be learning from some of the best - check out the staff: http://www.alexlowe.org/kcs.shtml) are busy packing and the first of us leave our homes in the US in 4 days.

I've been asked to help teach a pre-KCS mountaineering first aid class to the students; the goal: get our students from learning to take a pulse to rescuing, packaging and evacuating an ill or injured climber. An able staff headed up by Sue Purvis hopes to turn out some medic superstars.

The Khumbu Climbing School (KCS) is an annual vocational training and instructional program for Nepali climbers and is designed to increase the competency of Nepali people who climb and work in the high mountains. The school takes places in January, the low season for altitude workers, and classes are held in the village of Phortse, a one day walk from Namche Bazaar, the "capital" of the Khumbu. Training is conducted on frozen waterfalls on the northern flank of Khumbila Peak. The program is endorsed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and is taught by volunteers and funded by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (http://www.alexlowe.org.)

We are delighted to donate our expertise and help to this worthy cause!

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Else.
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