From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network
After a few days of limited Internet connectivity, we're back up and running (for now).¬† Today we're in the village of Pheriche, and will be here for another day.¬† We'll take a short trek to help in the acclimatization as we continue to push higher.¬† Currently we're at about 14,000 feet.¬† Today will also be a day for running the entire team through the full battery of tests before we arrive at base camp.
The weather took a definite change yesterday as well trekked from Pangboche to Pheriche, almost everyone has the down jackets and hats on.¬† I'm not sure what the temperature was overnight, but there was frost on the ground when we got up this morning.
Yesterday was pretty interesting with a visit to the Lama Geshe in Pangboche.¬† He blessed each of us with hopes for a safe and successful trip.¬† This was all on the same day that that Dalai Lama was in Rochester, visiting Mayo Clinic. ¬†As a whole the team is fairing pretty well physically.¬† A few are dealing with some minor GI and possibly altitude issues, but we're all pushing forward.