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April 22, 2012

Dispatch from the Trail


Joel Streed reporting for the Mayo Clinic News Network sends us this summary as the team begins its third day on the trail to Base Camp on Everest:


Joel Streed

Trekking day one:     After a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, (the world’s most dangerous airport), the team gathered it’s gear to begin the long trek to Base Camp.  Weather is absolutely beautiful… shorts and t-shirts.  Met up with our Sherpas, porters and yaks that will haul most of our grear.  Much of the day was actually down hill, but there were a still plenty of uphill climbs, mostly on steps cut into the rock.  It was very difficult for me to recover on these climbs… lots of panting!  But the rest of the team and I were able to make it to our first night’s lodge without too much trouble.  The area is both gorgeous and rugged while the people are extremely courteous and friendly.

Trekking day two:     I think the entire team had its first really good night's sleep after the long day yesterday, and it was needed as we faced possibly our toughest day with more than 1,000 meters of ascent.  There were also a number of suspension bridge crossings, which looked a lot more intimidating than they were.  We entered the Khumba area, which is home to many of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, enjoying the sights, sounds and the people.  The porters are absolutely amazing, carrying loads up to 100 kilos.  It’s very humbling when you’ve only got on is a small backpack!  So far the team is holding up physically very well, with no major altitude ailments.  We arrived at the Hotel Panorama - which is about 11,000 feet - around mid-afternoon and will enjoy the next day here as well, as it is a day to acclimate - which means going up and then coming back down


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