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Not being as physically fit as I wanted to be -- very noticeable when
climbing Namche Hill, our first 3000 ft. ascent.
My first sighting of Mt. Everest.
Greatest Idea (not mine)
Filling my water bottles with boiling water after dinner (boiling is used
for purification purposes) and throwing them into the bottom of my very
cold sleeping bag.
Giving my spare pair of boots to a young sherpa in our group who is carrying
60+ pounds up the rocky trail in his bare feet.
It's not how many miles we walk today but that we go down 2,200 ft. and
then up 3,800 ft.!
A broken zipper on my sleeping bag that makes for a very cold, uncomfortable
Acquiring the "Khumbu cough."
"Cotton kills." All cotton shirts, underwear, and towels will only freeze
-- never dry out. Polypropylene is the key.
"Bed tea." At 6:30 a.m. sherpas serve tea and hot washing water at my
Waking up at 3:00 a.m. to depart for Everest Base Camp only to discover
that, at 9 degrees below zero in my tent, my contact lenses are frozen
solid in their case.
That this trip is changing many aspects of my personal and professional
Most Exhausting Day
Leaving for Everest Base Camp at 4:00 a.m., headlamp on, and returning
at 7:30 p.m. -- 15-1/2 hours later, headlamp on.
Climbing Kala Pattar, an 18,500 ft. mountain, to view Mt. Everest, stopping
every 20 seconds to spend 40 seconds catching my breath.
Completely losing the feeling in the tips of my toes and fingers.
When one of my hot water bottles, improperly capped, leaks in the bottom
of my sleeping bag at a very cold 16,000 ft. altitude.
A frightening day struggling with extreme dizziness at high altitude on
a very narrow, dangerously exposed (10,000+ ft. drop) trail.
That I walked 116 miles in 87-1/2 hours.
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