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Dispatch Two: March 26th, 2010

Annapurna Expedition 2010

Day Two: Free Day in Kathmandu, Meeting with Elizabeth Hawley

Today, jetlag hit me full force. I woke up at 3:30am and of course couldn’t get back to sleep. The power was still out, so instead of watching TV and possibly falling back to sleep, I got to organizing my equipment, aided by my headlamp. After I felt it was a reasonable hour to leave the hotel, I headed over to the coffee shop by Hotel Annapurna and had a nice breakfast. I went  over to Hero Honda and checked in every single shop on the street to find a suitable replacement for my battery. I bought a 9aH sealed lead acid battery at one shop, and a 35aH SMH battery at another shop a good distance away. I wasn’t happy about the picture on the outside of the box that showed the battery tipping and had a very clear red “X” over it signifying that the bumpy trek could be a problem for this battery. I lugged the batteries back to my hotel and met up with Elizabeth Hawley for the pre-expedition interview. When this was done, I went and quickly picked up the snow pickets I will need for fixing the route on Annapurna, then met up with Jorge and Martin, who had just arrived from Spain. We were brought over to the Cho Oyu Trekking office and settled our accounts with Beni then reworked out trekking program to include a few days of acclimatization close to Marpha up to the French Pass. We now plan to arrive to Annapurna base camp on the 7th of April. Our permit to climb won’t be valid until Piotr Pustelink does the briefing at the ministry of tourism on the 9th upon his return from Pumori, so our revised trekking schedule lines us up well to start climbing Annapurna after this date. Once this was all sorted, I headed over to yet another battery shop that was rumored to have a dry sealed lead acid battery. I lucked out and found a deep cycle gel battery similar to the one confiscated by TSA in LA and quickly purchased it, knowing it would be much more dependable than the SMH battery that I purchased earlier and that I could leave it in storage in Nepal and never have to worry about transporting a battery again! Exhausted, I headed out one last time for dinner, then went to bed.

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