Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Speed of Email Response

I have shot a lot of emails to contact people and also received initiating emails. Some I got really quick response, some still waiting. All of these related to the SP. Obviously I would love to get fast responses but its not always the case in the reality as we all know.

1) Slow
I started the application to the SP back in Feb! Only now I got accepted and yesterday I sent in my booking and medical information forms. They were passed on to ANI doctor for another round of assessment. I was told I would be in touch soon but haven't seen anything yet. Guess another phone call would do, as always.

2) Kinda Slow
I contacted Christoph Höbenreich, my guide for the North Pole two weeks ago, asking him for tips on training. I thought my email was lost as I kept on waiting. Tonight I received his email. Turned out he went on a historical expedition: Ski across Nambia sand desert. This is the first of its kind. I've been to Sossouvlei (Namibia) and climbed the sand dunes in the spring. It's quite harsh there in the desert, especially it is winter. Congratulations Christoph, very cool.

3) On Going
I replied Eric Larsen last weekend, and I have not received his words. I hope I didn't catch him at a wrong time. I think he might have gone off to the second leg of his quest, the Everest. I'll give him a call tomorrow to see what's going on. I need to know the schedule for the training in order to plan ahead.

4) Fast
When I booked for Mt Shasta early this month, the guy at Shasta Mountain Guides was nice and all and promised to send me information regarding the gears through email. I received it within few days. I shouldn't call this is fast but faster than a lot.

5) Super Fast
I talked to Chip Popoviciu, a Cisco guy who climbed Everest last year regarding the mountaineering. He was very helpful and very patient with my questions. He recommended Eric Remza, who also scaled Everest and works for major outfitters such as International Mountain Guides. Eric contacted me even before I did. So now I am asking him if he could accommondate me to one of his climbs to Mt Rainier in Sept. everything happenend within a few hours. I'm sure I learn a lot of him.

Update (Aprl 26)
- It seems Eric Larsen has gone to roof. I called him on his cell but it went straight to his voicemail. Hope he's doing well. On this leg of his quest he has support, I wonder what kind of support it is.
- You know the slowest of email reponse I had? It's gotta be from Mr Zhao, the guy who paid 2.1 million to have lunch with Warren Buffett last year. He is the hedge fund manager in ShenZhen and Hongkong. He paid the money just to fly up to the North Pole. We met in the helicopter on the way to the pole. Anyway, he took picture of me and promised to send me when he got back. I emailed him a few times and he said he would send it. Only one year later he sent it. I'm not complaining since I can be very slow too and I can't expect this guy who is so rich, why would he care about someone he met at the pole.

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