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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brian The Miracle Worker Everest 2014


Brian Jackson figured out how I can access the main blog so I will now recap Robert's progress from the time of his last posting in Kathmandu. Thanks Brian. Your are the best. (I will no longer post to the  Everest 2014ClimbWithStar City2 blog.)

April 2

Robert left Kathmandu after visiting with extended family and friends.  He landed by helicopter in Luka.  This is much safer than flying in a fixed wing plane.  He was very enthusiastic about the helicopter transport and the fantastic scenery along the way.

April 8

"We have just arrived in Gokyo after a nice walk from Maccherma.  It is about 15,700' in elevation so it's high but not that big of a deal.  The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. There are huge peaks all around us plus a nice lake (ice covered at the moment). We are staying at the very nice Namaste Lodge and they have pretty good wifi.

Tomorrow we plan to walk up Gokyo Ri, the big hill next to Gokyo where we should have some amazing view of Cho Oyu, Everest and maybe Makalu.  We will likely take an extra night here so Scott can acclimatize a bit more."  (Scott is Robert's friend from Lincoln who will travel to base camp with Robert as part of his first trip to Nepal.)

April 9

"Today we took it easy.  We went for a short walk, chatted with some British medical students volunteering in this valley, ate a lot, and I did some work on my office computer. The internet is painfully slow. Tomorrow we are going up Gokyo Ri assuming the weather is good and then we move to the village of Dragnag.  We plan to cross Cho La the following day, again weather permitting.

Scott is feeling much better and I'm hungry all the time so that's a good sign.  We have a nice room here with corner windows.  The staff is very attentive and the food is good.  For lunch today I had chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese plus gravy and rice.  I then ate momos (Nepali potstickers) with homemade cili sauce that was hot and tasty."

April 10

"We had a great day today.  In the morning we climbed Gokyo Ri and enjoyed phenomenal views of Cho Oyu, Changtse, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Ama Dablam plus dozens of other amazing peaks that I cannot name.  It's a good day when you can see four of the world's six highest peaks at the same time.  I only needed 1:16 to climb Gokyo Ri while the normal time is 2 - 3 hours.

We had lunch at the Namaste Gokyo Lodge and they gave us kata scarves when we left.  We then crossed a big glacier and are in Dragnag at the Cho La Resort Hotel.  We plan to cross the pass tomorrow.  It will be a tough day - 9 or more hours.  I feel strong but my shoulders are sore from my pack.  It's quite cold tonight and is snowing."

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