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Everest Trip Nears End

Local restaurant owner and high school coach nears the end of his Everest journey.

Periodically, Easton Patch will post updates from owner and cross country coach Neil Levine's as he delivers supplies to an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal.

During the trek, the Easton resident, along with a group of fellow "trekkers" will reach elevations of 20,000 feet. The group plans carry in over three hundred pounds of supplies, medicines, clothes, and vitamins to the orphanage. For more information on the orphanage, click here. For more information on the trip, click here.

Levine recently made it to the base camp for Mount Everest, elevation 17,600 feet.

Here is his latest letters home to Easton:

Happy Easter and Passover to all our friends and family back home.
 
Date:Sunday April 24
Time: 6:11 PM
Location: Namche
Elevation: 11,800 Feet
 
It has been a couple of days since we have been able to send an update.
 
We started our descent yesterday.  We left the frozen tundra of Goarek Shep .  We hiked through biting wind, freezing cold and driving snow for seven hours until we reached the village of Pheriche at a little over 14,000 feet.   The terrain was unforgiving and wreaked havoc on our bodies.  The oxygen began to return to our lungs with each step down.
 
This morning we left Pheriche for a demanding nine hour hike that brought us back to the village of Namche.
 
Our plan is to hike five hours to the village of Phadking tomorrow.   We will hike from Phadking to Lukla the next day. The following morning we will fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu.
 
We will update you as the opportunity presents itself.
 
Peace and love to all

Later Sunday Evening...

We are in Delhi India safe and sound. Local time is 10:23 pm. We leave for nepal at 6:50 am. Plane boards at 5:50

Peace

Ross A. Muscato April 25, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Neil -- you are experiencing the adventures of a 1000 lifetimes. I can't wait to talk with you when you get back. And, once more, you are doing a good deed while on the adventure. God Bless. ross

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