September 24, 2017
Dear Family & Friends:
I really love my Fall, 2017 BK Team. What an eclectic, interesting and fun group!
I could not have scripted this trip better. Everything is going as planned, and we are all having a great time. I have a very good feeling about this expedition.
Yesterday, we trekked 10 miles from Lukla to Monjo. Today, we trekked from Monjo to Namche Bazar. We are staying at the Camp de Base lodge. All team members are performing well and feeling good.
The Sherpas have established our Burke-Khang Base Camp and will begin the route finding and line fixing activities tomorrow.
We have made a slight change in the schedule. The original plan was to take a rest day in Namche tomorrow while we complete a helicopter reconnaissance of Burke-Khang. Instead, Noel and Alex will trek to Dole tomorrow and complete the recon the day-after-tomorrow. After the recon, Noel & Alex will stay at Base Camp. Noel will assist the Sherpas with route finding and line fixing and Alex will film all of the activities at Base Camp.
The rest of the team will take a rest day in Namche tomorrow and trek to Dole the day-after-tomorrow. Otherwise, the schedule is unchanged.
I want to give special recognition to the filmmaking team. Jeff & Alex are working really hard and doing a great job documenting and photographing every aspect of this trip. If we can pull this off, I’m confident we will have a blockbuster film.
My next report will be from Dole. I will fill you in on the heli recon and the weather report we just ordered from Mike Fagin.
Great to see you and your team are making good progress and acclimatizing in the thinning air. BTW, the BW photos are thumbs up!
One day at a time.
PS: Still waiting to hear from D.R.
What a story!
Bill: So proud of you and your team. Sounds like things are going to plan and working well.
I am hopeful you and your team will make it this time. Great pictures! Looking forward to your
progress! I am praying for all of you.
Bobbie & John Wright
Bill, Your efforts always bear fruit–due to your fabulous sense of preparation. Your enthusiasm is unparalleled in hiking history. Blessings to you and the team.
Great photos of a great adventures by a great athlete, inspirational guy!
Be well. Hang in there. Conquer your peak and come home safely, Bill!.
Looking great Bill and I am sure it is the milk tea and also the hottest sauce in the world too…keep it up!
I have followed all your expeditions with great interest and wish you well this time. But am wondering have you figured out how you are going to overcome the cornices that you found impassable on your last two attempts on Burke-Khang ?
Slainte from Ireland
So fascinating to see lots of flowers in the various shots. Hope this is the best expedition ever. Having you and Ollie featured in a film will be such a blessing to so many people.
Expecting more great pictures and journaling . God Speed Bill👍👍🇺🇸 To you and your team.
Keep on keeping on!
I like your confidence. Praying for you and your team to have a safe and successful climb.
Go Bill! So excited to tackle this next adventure with the same heart and persistence you always have.
Hey there Bill…your friendly Canadian, here…quietly following your escapades again. I wish you all a safe climb and a godspeed trip back home to the USA. I am also very excited to be able to see this film, a story of inspiration, determination, perseverance, dedication and sheer unconditional love for another. Hang on to those thoughts as you conquer your way to the top of Burke-Khang. What I admire about you, is that, while some of us are in a state of ‘being’, YOU BE YOUR BEST. Alana