Nepal expedition on hold
Trip delayed due to wine harvest, now postponed
A busy wine harvest saved a group of Cromwell College students from being caught in the deadly earthquake in Nepal.
Six teenagers were due to fly on on Friday to the Nepal where they were going to trek to the small and poor village of Phortse.
The original school was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961 and some of the money raised by the teenagers was going to help the school with maintenance.
Well-known New Zealand climber and veteran of many trips to the Himalayas, Kim Logan was mentoring the students and was accompanying them.
‘‘I think everyone has to have a bit of luck in life... The last two years we have gone exactly when the earthquake hit.
‘‘This year I put it off a week. I work in the wine industry and harvest is full on so I put it off as late as possible until harvest was finished,’’ Logan said.
He typically took groups around this time of year because it was pre-monsoon season, he said. ‘‘It is a stable time to go.’’ A decision was made earlier in the week, having spoken to friends on the ground in Nepal including Peter Hillary and his wife Yvonne, that the trip be postponed until September, Logan said. ‘‘This catastrophe changes everything.
‘‘Of course there is always disappointment but they understand there are so many big issues they have to deal with in the towns and tourism is probably the least important – although long term it’s one of the main incomes for the Nepalese people.
‘‘In the meantime they will be
Cromwell teenagers Jack Harrison, Kate Guildford, Georgia Haggerty, Hazel Gibson, Angelina Rolston (sitting) and Jack Hawkins (inset) who were meant to be travelling to Nepal in on Friday.