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  • Trek back to Khumjung- WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    is seeing more of this trek than most since he is able to see his angles of different perspectives Very interesting guy really Matt who misses his lovely partner Very palpable desire to get home Colleen with dependable smiles grazed the trail as she met an Old Russian mountaineer who described his earlier mountain adventures Greg still crispy funny in my opinion I think he may actually write a book some day Jasmin very cheerful on the inclined trail continues to shower the group with treats I even caught Dave Cardio facetime talking with family in the AM discussing the NCAA He has been getting stronger throughout the trek Very stable Tony continues to watch over the crew Despite his best efforts a encountered photographer climber who suffered complex hand fracture refuses to heed his warning on further climbing Diana feeling stronger today continues to trek down more successfully I don t think I have come to terms with the fact that Ive gone to EBC I woke up that last night to go for a walk to empty my bladder and the star studded sky and Ice Mountains made me cry a bit Maybe it was mountain sickness When

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  • Trek back to Pheriche - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    a reasonable time and try to beat the daily cold weather system and low cloud that usually settles into the Pheriche Valley Even though we will have descended over 3000ft today the trek was all but an easy downhill stroll Under the warm bright morning sunshine we passed though a lot of boulders and scree undulating along the valley side above the Khumbu glacier eventually passing though Gorakshep where we all ultimately decided not to stop for any food or drink as it was definitely the low point of hygiene on our way up The terrain continued in similar fashion eventually descending into the valley floor above which we took the high route from the Italian Pyramid on the way up a few days prior and landing us back in Lebouche where we had a well deserved rest and a quick lunch After lunch the weather cooled and the wind picked up We continued along the river bed nearing the terminus of the glacier eventually making our way through the chortons at the top of the Thukla hill and down finally towards Pheriche in to terrain that resembles tundra We met another trekker being carried up the hill on a

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  • Everest Base Camp Day 2 - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    to see the blues of the glacier as it tumbles down the mountain We had a great breakfast and then spent the first part of the day exploring the icefall It was very slippery but crawling on our hands and knees through the most treacherous parts we were able to get back into the icefall a little and were able to really appreciate the amazing blues and agua marines unique to glacier ice David from Canada and use to really really cold environments took a great picture in the icefall wearing shorts a t shirt and flip flops It was a great picture but don t be fooled he changed back to his mountain gear right after The icefall was a great experience and some very special photos were taken Later upon our return and after lunch we had a lecture on frostbite a very important subject here at base camp which took us into mid afternoon Importantly as well our Sherpas and Everest ER Sherpas and Physicians got the Everest ER set up A great deal of photos were taken which alas will not be able to reflect the immensity and beauty of Everest Base Camp it truly is

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  • Everest Base Camp - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    lungs and his presentation seemed most consistent with high altitude pulmonary edema He needed to descend Tony Eric Sanjiv and I returned with him most of the way to Gorak Shep His friend carried his pack and I monitored for yaks When yaks come on the path one must stand hillside so it does not push you off the cliff Sometimes even hillside you have to scoot up the hill because yaks with their pointy horns come very close At one point papis no se preocupen I was standing ahead of my patient and a yak decided to come towards us I knew my patient would not be able to scoot up the hill or fight a yak in his condition so I grabbed the beast by the horns and pushed it towards the lower path Luckily the yak did not fall off the cliff or try to put up a fight We continued on the way but could see clouds coming and we also had to account for our safe return to base camp Our patient thankfully had remained stable despite having to exert himself which is known to worsen the process We determined he would be safe to continue with his partner and our lovely Sherpa Chhongba the rest of the way to Gorak Shep and we would start our return to EBC I left him with a medical note written on a torn page of the novel I am reading and said a silent prayer for God to take care of him the rest of the way I returned back to EBC a bit tired but thankful for the opportunity to assist someone in need The road back includes a section of a rocky pass where headphones are not allowed and stopping not recommended Why you might

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  • Trek to Gorakshep - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    were incredible views of Nuptse and Pumo RI in addition to our first views of the actual glacier with the location of base camp The wind was a beast however and we all received dermabrasians for free After lunch and a rest about half the group took a chance ascending Kala Patar in the hopes of catching sunset on Everest and were rewarded with a great view of a snow avalanche on Nuptse and while Everest didn t catch the full sun the mountains around it were brightly illuminated making for some incredible pictures This evening at dinner we have already seen one case of high altitude pulmonary edema and cerebral edema with several people we are concerned about not a big surprise now that we are at 17 000 feet The group continues to do well beyond expected aches and pains of walking Greg refuses to act his age after his birthday and led the group most of the morning Suzy and Sanjiv are busy holding an Impromptu clinic in the tea house We are planning genetic testing on David S as he continues to run up and down hills off the side of the main trail with entirely

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  • Trek to Lobuche - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    were confronted with a new foe Today was our first encounter with a significant amount of snow and ice which occupied large parts of the Khumbu Glacier The steep terminal moraine of the glacier otherwise known as Dougla Hill was visible for miles in all of it s ugly sizeable glory as we all knew full well that we needed to climb it prior to reaching our destination of Lobuche standing at almost 5000 meters altitude The group would all agree that the standard of accommodation thus far has been surprisingly fair but as we approach base camp Lobuche unfortunately does not offer easy access to electricity and running water that we had previously enjoyed And on that note apologies to Jim G and Tanya tonight who will be expecting their call On a bright note although the rooms were so cold this afternoon the majority of the pack enjoyed some communal reading and chat over several litres of tea in the warmth of the restaurant and on a personal note I was able to begin reading Into Thin Air which has proved a popular read amongst the group this trek for those that are not aware documents a first

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  • Rest Day in Pheriche - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    improving and was becoming exhausted In the bitter cold of the clinic on a starry night we discussed all our possible options we gave all the medications we could thought about alternative diagnoses and even called in our resident cardiologist Dave Z for a specialist opinion Dawn came slowly and the sound of the chopper when it finally arrived could not have been more welcome Unfortunately despite our continued efforts expedient evacuation and specialists in Kathmandu the outcome was not favorable It was a sobering experience and an important reminder of the danger of altitude related disease even in local residents and the importance of our cautious ascent profile Despite the nights events most chose to take a hike up the hill behind the clinic to enjoy the views up and down the valley It felt good to stretch the legs and take some more scenic shots of the nearby Dingboche and up towards Island Peak A few chose to nap and recharge both physical and mental batteries In the afternoon the team congregated in the sun room for a lecture and workshop Suzy discussed HAPE high altitude pulmonary edema including the case study from the night and another from

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  • Rest Day in Pheriche - WMS Everest Experience 2014 - Daily Dispatches
    sunroom relaxing took on a hill for some fresh air both Dave S and Czarina hiked up a hill that is behind the lodge for some higher views of the surrounding mountains and river valley Dave Z and Jasmin both made good use of the free day and the wifi connections Colleen Tony and Suzie all successfully used their solar panels and the sunny afternoon to charge up their variety of gadgets Pheriche is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association HRA a non governmental organization that provides essential medical assistance related to altitude related issues The HRA is staffed by volunteer physicians from all over the world Each day during the trekking season the HRA provides a daily lecture on altitude related illnesses the early symptoms and how to provide the immediate assistance needed to help the trekker The HRA staff provided a tour of their clinic which consists of a couple exam rooms and residents quarters for the volunteer physicians The HRA also has a Gamow Bag which is used for people who are suffering from altitude related illnesses and need immediate changes in the atmospheric pressure In a matter of minutes the bag provides the similar effects of

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