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Everest summiteers Nawang and Tom party at Rum Doodle
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Jun 1, 2004 19: 25 EST
Here is the latest from the Freindship beyond borders expedition with Nawang sherpa and Tom McMillan:

Everest Summiteers' Yeti Foot placed in prominent place in Rum Doodle.

"In Kathmandu, one of the most famous and popular restaurants is Rum Doodle in the Thamel district (heart of the tourist district). One of the special privileges that mountaineers receive when they become Everest Summiteers is the chance to place a wooden plaque in the Rum Doodle with their signatures and team information on it. Crafted in the shape of a giant Yeti foot, these expedition plaques crowd the walls of the restaurant, and make fascinating reading for diners and visitors.

Tom McMillan reported by sat phone from Kathmandu that today the Friendship Beyond Borders Expedition Team was honored with a big party at Rum Doodle, courtesy of Peak Promotion Director Wongchu Sherpa. The team was presented with a beautifully made Yeti foot plaque that included the names of all the expedition team members, including Linda and Lincoln who are now back in California.

Dr. Luanne Freer of BaseCamp MD parties at the Rum Doodle too

One of our delightful campmates also was honored with a party at Rum Doodle the previous day. She received a service award from the HRA along with an Honorary Yeti Foot."

Nawang Sherpa and Tom McMillan. It’s not so rare to have a sherpa among the first teams to make the season's first summit push, but this guy is different. Nawang Sherpa is climbing Everest South with a prosthetic leg. A motorcycle wreck in summer 2000 left Nawang Sherpa, an aspiring high-altitude guide in Nepal, an amputee. He got a new "climbing leg" in 2002 thanks to the High Exposure foundation, a nonprofit launched by Ed Hommer, who lost his own legs on Denali and hoped to scale Everest one day together with Nawang. Ed's own Everest dream however ended in tragedy a few months later when a rock struck and killed him on Mount Rainier Sep 23, 2003. This year Tom McMillan, a California climber, stepped in to make Nawang's dream to scale Mount Everest a reality.

Rum Doodle Restaurant and 40,000 1/2 ft Bar is a favorite hangout for mountaineers and trekkers alike. Rum Doodle is famous for the Everest Summiteer's Club with a large collection of Everest Summiteers signatures. Everest Summiteers like Hillary, Messner, Tabei, Ang Rita, Rob Hall, Garry Ball and many of the famous climbers have all left their footprints behind. Nearly two-thirds of climbers who have reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world have added their names to the walls of the restaurant, a tradition started in 1983 by Hillary, who scaled Mount Everest on May 27, 1953 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Rum Doodle has also been host to former U.S president Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter, and Former Japanese premier Ryutaro Hashimoto.

What? You never heard of the 40,000-1/2 foot high Rum Doodle? Read all about the legend of Rum Doodle...

"A bumbling group of British mountaineers mounts an assault on Rum Doodle, a slightly higher neighbor of Everest, in Bowman's parody novel. First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became a mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a peak in the Himalayas, many thought it was inspired by the 1953 conquest of Everest. But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures, of Bill Tilman and his 1937 account of the Nandi Devi expedition. The book’s central and unforgettable character, Binder, is one of the finest creations in comic literature."
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