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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Yak along the river on the Everest trail, just outside Dughla
I slept well last night for the first time in quite a few days. I woke up at 6:30 AM, well before breakfast. Andrew was not too happy with me for being up so early, but it was an incredibly beautiful morning and I wanted to take it all in. This morning had the clearest skies we'd seen yet, and the mountains are simply stunning. Sam isn't doing so well. He was sick all night and didn't sleep much. He says he's feeling ok to climb. Andrew isn't feeling great either. He was accidentally taking malaria pills instead of the altitude pills.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The clouds just barely above the river near Dingboche
Today was our second rest day. Feeling a little homesick today. After our short acclimatization hike of roughly 2 hours, I got a little girly and did anything I could to feel less gross and cleaner, other than bucket shower again because I was worried about getting too cold. I brushed and re-braided my hair, brushed and flossed my teeth, washed my face, put on lotion, and even tweezed my eyebrows. It helped a little. I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomachache again. Altitude sickness is no fun at all. We have "eastern" toilets in our room (no actual toilet seat), and they smell nasty. At least they're inside. 2 or 3 more nights before we get to head back down. The altitude is also making me forget and lose things. Yesterday I thought I lost the GPS and finally found it in my daypack. Today I couldn't find the map notating the photos we took in Namche. I was convinced I dropped it somewhere, but I had given it to Sam. I have no recollection of this.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Stopping for a breather with great views of Ama Dablam in the background
I woke up feeling pretty good. We took hot showers from a bucket. I didn't think it was as amazing as the boys claimed. For most of the morning we had clear skies and sun. Finally! From Pangboche we could see the peak of Ama Dablam, which we were told is supposed to look like a mother and baby, and Lhotse, which is nearly as high as Everest. If the clouds had ever fully broken we could have seen Everest, but not today. We left around 8:45 AM and hiked for about 2 1/2 hours and were done for the day. Gradual uphill the whole way but not too bad.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Arriving at the town of Pangboche, our stop for the night
I was feeling much better when I woke up, and I washed my hair in the sink which made me feel considerably less disgusting. Toast for breakfast. I'm only eating bland things and Clif bars until my stomach settles. We left around 8 and walked for around 3 hours then stopped for tea. It was a pretty easy walk, mostly traversing the mountain ridges. After tea was a 1 1/2 climb, "up up up" according to Boo, all on switchbacks. We stopped in Tengboche for lunch which is where many people stop for the night. The town is on a peak so it's very cold. After lunch Dan and Sam photographed the monastery with the fisheye lens. Amazing place. I don't know if the monks were more interested in the blonde girl or the photography.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A clear view looking over the town of Namche Bazaar at 3440m
We woke up a little before 7 and started hiking shortly after 8. Fortunately the rain, which had started yesterday afternoon and lasted through most of the night, had stopped. It was pretty cloudy though. We hiked for a little over 2 hours then stopped at the park checkpoint for the TIMS card, which is the permit that allows you to hike in the National Park. We hiked for another half hour until lunch. Some of the uphills were strenuous, but nothing too tough. It got a lot harder after lunch. Lots of very steep uphills that took us about 2 1/2 hours, stopping every 15-20 minutes. We got to Namche Bazaar a little after 2.
Monday, October 17, 2011
The start of the Everest Base Camp Trail in Lukla
Sam and I arrived late last night into Kathmandu where we met up with Dan, Andrew, and Mike. We had a 4:30 AM wake up call so that we could make our 6 AM flight to Lukla and start our trek! The flight had gorgeous views but was decidedly one of the sketchiest flights we had ever been on. We got situated in Lukla then started off. We hiked for about 4 1/2 hours with stops for photos and a long lunch. Today was the easy day. Only about 3 hours of actual hiking and a lot of downhill. Our guide is named Bhuwan, and he agreed to let us call him Boo. We also have 3 porters - Jit, Case, and Milar.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tower C, the Fire Diety Tower, is just a small mound compared to Tower A
Renting scooters is a thrilling way to explore Mui Ne and Phan Thiet, and stopping at the Cham Temple and Prince's Castle on Banai Hill is the perfect stop to break up the scooting and stretch your legs hiking up to the ruins. Atop the hill you get great views of the coastline and a massive cemetery dotted with colorful grave markers. If you are looking to buy souvenirs, there is pottery, woodcarvings and silk textiles that are hand loomed on site. There is a nominal entrance fee, and if you forgot your water or want some ice cream there is a small outdoor shop near the Towers.
Friday, September 9, 2011
, Hot Springs
, North America
Views of Arenal Volcano surrounded by jungle
A opportunity to have an up close and personal encounter with one of the top 10 most active volcanos in the world may be an alarming and somewhat daunting prospect to many, but combining spectacular and breathtaking surroundings with a chance to witness a volcano in full flow (excuse the pun!), results in the Arenal Volcano National Park being a place definately worth checking out. The Volcano itself, set amongst a wildlife infested rainforest, is located roughly 16km west of La Fortuna, the areas most popular and well catered for local town. This is in fact where the majority of tours operate from and due to the number of hostels and budget hotels it provides an ideal location for any visitor who wishes to spend some time in the area.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
, North America
, Questions & Answers
Me struggling as I finish the hike up the Mt. Whitney snow chute
Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the Sierra Nevadas and continental United States, is a popular climb during the California summer months. At around 21 miles round trip, climbing 6,132ft up to the peak at 14,497ft (4,418.69m), the hike is a doable in a day, but a challenge for those not in good shape (like me). As if it weren't enough of a challenge already, we attempted the summit early in the season while it still had a lot of snow cover.
Friday, May 27, 2011
, Hot Springs
, Questions & Answers
, Travel Gear
Riding A Yak in Lake Namtso with the Nyechen Tangla mountains in the background
Q. I have a question about your travels, if you can think back to Everest Base Camp. Can you tell me about how that worked? How long did it take? How much did it cost? Any other tips or tricks in booking and doing it? Anything you’d do differently if you were to do it again?