May 27th: Back in Kathmandu and the press
I am happy to report I am back in the beautiful and relaxing Courtyard hotel in Kathmandu. The hotel owners, Pujan and Michelle cooked us a beautiful steak dinner last night in a welcome back party. After chewing on Yak steaks for the last 50 days, having an air flown Australian steak, my 4th hot shower in 50 days and sleeping in a real bed with sheets was absolute heaven.
What wasn’t heaven was reading some press articles in NZ papers which were cut and pasted from my last blog (click here to read). I have seen at least two articles with the headlines “Kiwi climber repulsed by inexperience” and “Climber has no sympathy”. Reading the short ‘cut and paste” articles gives a different emotion or feeling than the one I was trying to portray when you read my story as a whole. I was not merely trying to make statement about inexperienced climbers on Everest and how they create dangerous situations by holding up other climbers. I was attempting to give an honest as possible account of my climb to the summit of the world and what happened along the way. Unfortunately the articles miss 95% of my story and make me sound negative. I have as a result received some very ugly emails from strangers criticising my character.
I can’t help what the media write, however should you hear of anyone incorrectly drawing conclusions about my character from the short article in the newspaper I would appreciate it if you could at least ask them to read my blog in its entirety before drawing any conclusions.
OK now that’s off my chest, I must head for the Singapore Airlines office to change my flight ticket back to Singapore. I am really looking forward to getting back to Singapore and back to seeing Stephanie.
Cheers for now!