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Long Farewell to Kathmandu
12:36 p.m. EDT Jul 22, 2003
Snowboarder Stephen Koch finally left Kathmandu after being delayed for several days by the unexpected roadblock of a large mudslide. Locals helped Koch and teammates, Jimmy Chin and Eric Henderson make the best of the situation by extending their gracious hospitality. A bulldozer eventually broke through the thickened mud and carved a rough route that enabled a bus to transport the three out of Kathmandu.

The team is now on its way to Tingri in China enroute to its ultimate goal of snowboarding down the Hornbein Couloir on Mount Everest.

Read Stephen's full dispatch by clicking on the Latest Dispatch link to the left.

Stephen Koch aims to snowboard the 7-Summits. With only one left to go – Everest – he chose the hard way; down one of the world’s most famous direct lines, the Hornbein Couloir. Jimmy Chin plans to climb to the top with Stephen and then ski down. Stephen, Jimmy and Eric are friends from Wyoming. The expedition uses Contact 2.0 software for daily updates.

Image of route to Tingri courtesy of the Snowboard Team

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