EVEREST – WHY IS IT SO TOUGH?

Apr 29 1:30pm  It’s only a few hours since I sent away Tasia, sitting in the sun room writing. Kuran, the lodge service boy, came up: “Your friend is here.” I walked into the dining room and was shocked to see Jeff, one of my teammates,…

EVEREST – RECOVERING IN PHERICHE (4200M)

4/28/2010 Dear all, We just finished the rotation up to camp 2 (6500m), and spent two nights there. The trip through Khumbu icefall is safe, the acclimatization went well. My cough got very bad at camp 2 and kept me from sleeping in the…

EVEREST – LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL..

Apr 27 – 30, 2010   Sitting here in the Himalaya Lodge dining room. Light music in the background, quiet and warm, despite cold and wind outside. Fog is rising in the valley, most of sky covered by clouds. I just sit here, enjoy my ginger…

EVEREST- CAMP 1 REST

Apr 23 My cough is clearly picking up at the same time while my appetite is subdued at 6000m, though I’m happy that I don’t have any altitude symptoms— not even a headache. From what I’m hearing from everyone, this is normal for Khumbu…

EVEREST – EVERY STEP IS HARD!

Apr 22: EBC – Camp 1, 6000m Today is the start of our first rotation up on Mt Everest. To climb a mountain as high as Mt Everest, we need to gradually expose our body to higher altitude instead of going up in one shot, which a normal person…

LOBUCHE TRAINING CLIMB

Apr 14-16, 2010 Things are happening fast here. Only three days ago (Apr 14th), we left EBC after an epic stormy night (all night thunder, lightning, snow and wind; so many avalanches that morning following the wind and snow loading; woke up…

FINALLY ARRIVE AT EVEREST BASE CAMP!

Apr 12, 2010 Arrive at EBC The approach to base camp is certainly longer than I was prepared for, though everything is going just according to our plan. Almost 3 weeks after I left home in Boston, finally I’m in EBC! On one side, the climber…

EVEREST TRIP – REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

We walked about 5 hours from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m). It was a hot day! Still around 75F, but the strong radiation of sun at high altitude and dust from trails require us to fully cover every inch of our skin. Last night, I went to bed with…

EVEREST TRIP: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Apr 5th – 8th, 2010 With the ultimate goal in mind, our group hiked at a very conservative pace, with an extra rest day at each stop to allow for sufficient acclimatization. Apr 5th and 6th, we hiked to Deboche/Tengboche with a day of rest,…

EVEREST TRIP – BACK TO NAMCHE

Apr 3rd Having hiked so many hours yesterday, and with no pressure of my schedule today, I slept until almost 8am before I leisurely enjoyed breakfast with Pasang and Dawa. My acclimatization went so well that we didn’t need to take those…