AAC International Climbers’ Meet: Report #2
By Carol Kotchek, AAC Accountant and ICM Coordinator
Monday, October 9: After a hectic day at the airport on Sunday, all of the participants have now arrived in the Valley. There are 55 participants in total, including 10 hosts, 23 AAC members from the U.S., and 21 International climbers, in addition to others attending the event.
The Nepalese participants arrived as an entourage all dressed in matching jackets that proudly displayed a patch “Everest Summiteers.” Each Nepali promptly informed us how many times they had summited Everest. They also explained how their organization, Everest Summiteers, organizes the clean up of Everest and also does other charitable work in Nepal. Of course, you have to summit Everest to be in their club!
After breakfast, on the first day of the meet, the Nepalis blessed the group for a safe climbing week and each ICM participant was blessed and given a scarf from Nepal.
You can follow what’s going on by checking out the ICM Facebook page.
About the ICM: The International Climbers’ Meet (ICM) is an annual event—taking place this year during the week of Oct 8 – October 13, 2012 in Yosemite Valley. Participants must have some climbing experience but all abilities are welcome to apply. The goal of the program is to host a diverse group of climbing abilities from a multitude of countries.
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