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

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trek for Recovery Update

Hello Everyone,

Robert had quite a bit of difficulty with the internet so the summary that follows is a couple of days old.  The emails finally came in, so here is your update.

From Robert:

"We had a nice walk to Gorak Shep and then six of the team climbed Kala Patthar to enjoy unbelievable views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The mountains were glowing in the setting sun.  I think it was the prettiest I've ever seen that view.

The next morning we walked up to Everest Base Camp in warm weather and cloudless skies.   It was another spectacular morning in the Khumbu.  We then hiked down to Lobuche.

On the 2nd we trekked up to Lobuche High Camp and settled in.  We did a quick class on fixed line climbing and rappelling, ate an early dinner, and were in bed by 6:30 p.m.

We got up in the cold at 3 a.m., ate breakfast, and were climbing by 4:20 a.m. We dealt with a few problems and eventually summited after about six hours of hard work. The route was much steeper than I'd experienced five years ago.

We made it back down to camp around 2 p.m. packed up and down climbed to Lobuche, eventually arriving about 5 p.m. Everyone did very well but we are all quite tired.  We are also dealing with a cold going through the team.

Today we plan to descend as far as we can towards Lukla.  I think we will get to Deboche, our first time below tree line about two weeks."

Robert did call but the reception was so poor that I was not able to understand very much.  I am sure we will hear more when the team arrives at Lukla.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.
Patty Kay
Lincoln, NE

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