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for those of you who know ADRIAN CRANE, he is leaving today to go to Nepal to get used to the altitude and then with a group, climb MT.
Everest.
Im sure you will all wish him luck.
My wife and I had the pleasure of pitting for Adrain a few years
back, when he climbed all 52 (53?) peaks in Colorado over 14000
feet for a new record time wise. He also has climbed the highest
peak in each of the 50 states.
I had the pleasure of co-driving abilities in the '80.

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- Good Luck, Adrian! Don't kill yourself...
- A few years ago I was watching TV and there was a familiar face, climbing Andes in Chile - my ex navi Adrian Crane!! He was part of some kind of team mountain climbing competition.

- Adrian is one of those who look like a school teacher or butterfly collector but is tought as nails and has a (?) death wish! He's totally fearless and loved when thing got challanging and dangerous in a rally car.
 

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A lot of us in the West remember Adrian. The death wish thing
must be true. Topi, did he run with you that year at Rim when
you had that 12000rpm buzzbomb Toyota Starlet that you rolled
leading overall on the last stage?

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I just received a update from Adrian in Napal. If some one would tell me how to get it off my email inbox and post it on this forum,
if interested.
Adrian is sending his updates to about a hundred people so alot
of you may already have it.
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RE: Mountaineering

Subject: Everest note 1 ***************************
(Msg from adrian crane)
Monday evening 10:30 pm Katmandu Nepal.
Arrived on Sunday the 27th at 1:30 pm. Kathmandu is as I remember from years before. The tiny winding streets of the Tamil district are crowded with people, bicycles and cars while colorful pennants line the buildings that lean in from each side. Climbing equipment is readily available. WIthin 24 hours we have completed our preparations and bought food supplies for the 7 week expedition. This evening, looking for a friend of mine, I visited the Yak and Yeti hotel, one of the better establishments in town. I hailed a rickshaw for the short ride. The rider took me along dark deserted streets that were still shining from a arecent thundershower. At every one of the many large potholes and poorly repaired trenches he would slow the rickshaw and be forced to strain mightilty at the pedals to get us moving again, dipping his left shoulder as he did.. As we approached the Yak and Yeti he motioned for me to choose one of several dirveways into a magnificent group of buildings. Unsure where I should be, I indicated one well lit entrance. The driver pulled up and let me down. For the equivalent of 60 cents he had strained to pedal me across town. I took pity on him and proffered $1. He reached for his change and grinned mightly when I waved hime away. I turned and walked thru the doors into an elegant casino the equal of any in Nevada. We will leave tommorrow at dawn to drive to the Tibet border.
 

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RE: 2 out of 3 ain't bad getting up in the world

a msg from Adrians wife

Just talked to Adrian, he is at 17,000 and getting ready to go to next base camp at 19,000-20,000.
He is doing great. Has had no problems with altitude and feeling good. I think he said it was 50below? I think that's what he said, pretty darn cold anyway. short call, but great for the boys and I to hear from him. Will pass on news as I hear.
Karen
Ados Crane
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Team Karma,
(209)-575-3041 [email protected]
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
4/11/05
Talked to Adrians wife, Karen, this morning and she told me she hasnt
any new news. She mentioned the drill is go from camp to camp, about
2 or 3 thousand feet apart and get used to the elevation, then move up again. This could take a week or so. The final camp is about 1000
feet below the summit and they try to sprint (ha) to the top and
return quickly and start down. The summit is 29078 feet.
She mentioned that they have a satilite (that doesnt look right)
phone and will call just before the last sprint to the top.
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4/21 received this from Karen and the note to Bar etc is very
interesting, he never gives up, always something new.

Talked to Adrian last night, he's doing great. He is at 23,000 feet, and feeling fine. The wind (80mph) have finally dropped a bit, so they are sleeping better. One of his team mates (Nelson), has quit, he had a bad spell of mountain sickness, and decided to not go on. Adrian said that there are quite a few other teams and all of the people there a very fun and interesting. Glad to have heard from him, and am happy that he is doing so good. So till the next phone call thanks to all for the emails and concerns for him.
Karen

PS Bar & Adrian....a note from Adrian
Dear Bar and A
Thing are going fine. We got to BC on April 3rd. Brien and Joann may leave tomorrow so I will write this. Pretty cold here but Monterosoza (sp?) does a good job with everything apart from personal gear. Food is fine. At this stage I have no idea what will transpire, but I would like a chance to cycle down when I summit. So see if you can get a bicycle here! It is a tough trip but very worthwhile. Here at Everest BC it is amazing to see. The mountain and the historical clues. Also Joann will fill you in on the certain items of the trip. You might want to ask your doctor about "Diamox". Adrian can remember that going to 14 to 18,000 was quite tough.
1.Warm gear from KTM for KYM-BC trip.
2. Bicycle. See if you can bring 1 mediocre mountain bike. If you want to get serious ask Dick about a bike for dirt roads. Could buy a bike (new or used) in KTM or bring one from UK. Need to cycle about 300 mile from BC to KMD then I will decide what to do about sea level. If you have to spend up to $500 to bring a bike out or buy one, that would be OK.
3. Most important have fun.
Crane
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Team Karma,
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hi gang
here is info received from Karen about Adrian.
05/04/05
I talked to Adrian last night, he is back up at 21,000, and not sounding so great. He is still not feeling good. The fact that he went from 17,000 from 3days ago to 21,000 means that at least he is moving in the right direction. I think the fact that he has felt bad for over a week has gotten to him. I gave him news that everyone is asking about him, and praying that he is ok, that may give him a little encouragement. I feel bad for him and hope that he is feeling better soon.

Karen

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05/07/05

check out USAtoday. There is an article on Everest where an avalange
(sp?) went thru 3 or 4 camps and 4 people had to be flown by chopper
to hospital. No one was killed. Didnt reconize any names.
Couldnt get my cut and past to work.
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Aussie climbers escape Everest avalanche
May 6, 2005 - 3:05PM
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Medics in a makeshift tent hospital on Mount Everest have treated six climbers injured in an avalanche.

Rescuers hoping to evacuate the victims in helicopters were turned back by snowfall and strong wind.

No one was killed by the avalanche which swept through the first of four camps set up between Everest's base camp and the mountain's 8,850m summit.

Six climbers received injuries ranging from bruises to a possible broken back, reports from the mountain said.

The victims' nationalities were still unclear, but none is believed to be from an Australian expedition on the mountain.

The injured were being treated at a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association in a tent at the base camp, located at an elevation of 5,300m.

Climbers estimate about 40 tents were destroyed by the avalanche, which buried food, supplies and oxygen stocked by the climbers.

There are no roads to the base camp and the only ways out are to hike for a week to the nearest airstrip or by helicopter.
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In the past few days, strong winds and snowfall have slowed climbers on the mountain and created treacherous conditions.

The weather is expected to worsen this weekend, with the wind picking up speed, forecasters said.

Some 23 expeditions were attempting to scale the peak this season,including the Australian team.

In his latest dispatch from the mountain, Adelaide climber Duncan Chessell said his team were confined camp because of bad weather.

Two mountaineers - American Michael O'Brien, 39, and Canadian Sean Egan, 63 - have died in the past few days, and the climbers have yet to reach the final, most difficult section on Everest, known as the "death zone."

Since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered Everest on May 29, 1953, more than 1,400 people have scaled the mountain.

About 180 have died on its unpredictable slopes.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
5/14/05
msg from Karen:


Talked to Adrian the other night. He sounded great, said everything was going good. Marnie, the other team member, has left and returned home, sounds like she had altitude sickness. Adrian was at 23,000 and feeling great. Not sure weather they would be able to summit due to time and weather, but he said he is going to keep going. He was going to discuss with Humphrey (last team member). on what their chances were to summit. I am just glad that he is feeling good, and that he is going to keep going up the mountain. Adrian's sister Bar and her son Adrian are now in Katmandu and on their way to base camp to meet up with Adrian when he comes down on May 19th(or there abouts), She emailed and said that there is about 1000 climbers on the mountain at this time (on the Tibet side), so even though Adrian team of 4 is now 2, there are plenty of climbers on the mountain with them.
So we keep our fingers crossed and our prayers going and hope that they are able to keep going.
Karen
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5/25
msg from Karen

Talked to Adrian the other day (sorry, but email not working due to children messing with the internet to play xbox on line).
anyway he made it to 25,000 and then due to weather and time decided he could not stay any longer as it might be a week or two before the weather got better, and is on his way back down the mountain. There was one person who did summit over the weekend, but if you go to Everestnews.com you will see so many other groups who are still waiting for the weather to get better to try, it makes you wonder how safe it is. Has met up with his nephew (little) Adrian, and they are working on cycling down from base camp?
So given the fact he wanted to see his family and keep his job he should be home in about 6days.
Karen
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