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Levine: 'It is Beautiful'

Maguire's owner and OA cross country coach sends his latest letter home to Easton.

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.

Here is Levine's latest letter home to Easton:

date: 4-19

Local time:

4:01 PM

Location: Pheriche

Elevation: 14,200 feet

Today was an acclimatization hike.  Our goal was 15,000 feet.  We felt good and pressed on attempting to make 16,000.  At 15,500 feet the weather changed and we had to turn back.  We moved our base of operations to the village of Pheriche, about a 45 minute hike from Dingboche.  As soon as we hit our lodge, the hail and snow started.  We made the right move turning around.  Our guides, Ganish, Nish and Govidna are brilliant.

Tomorrow should be a challenging day.  We hike to the village of Lobuche at 15,000 feet.  Estimated time 7.5 hours.

Right now the sun is shining and the Himalayas are coated in a fresh layer of melting snow.  It is beautiful.

We miss all of you back home.

Peace and Love

Jim April 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Amazing! Be safe Neil!
Kathy Strange April 20, 2011 at 09:17 AM
Keep the updates coming Neil- this is an awesome adventure to hear about- Safe travels for sure, Happily envious! Kathy S

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