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2014-05-24 5:56 PM
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2014-05-24 6:32 PM
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That is the monastery at Tengboche....where we stayed the night before last.
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2014-05-24 6:42 PM
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I have enjoyed your thread from a place I will likely never get to..  However it turns out for you it's a great experience with your son.  Thank you!

2014-05-24 7:16 PM
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The itty bitty bridge in the canyon is the one that scared me to death on the hike up to Namche. This was taken on the hike up to Tengboche..?the mountain in the second pix is the one we climbed to the to up to Tengboche.

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2014-05-25 5:27 AM
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Day 6 of hiking was a moderately strenuous 5 hr hike down Namche to Phakding. This was the reverse of the hike from hell on day two. That hike took over 7 hrs as it had that relentless climb up to Namche. My left ankle has rolled on my about 4 times today. IDK if the muscles are getting weak or I'm just jetting tired and/or careless.

The rivers here are mostly all the color of concrete. This indicates it is glacier melt. The glaciers grind the rock into a very fine powder that is so light it does not drop out of the water so it looks like concrete. Today we passed a crystal blue stream indicating a snow melt stream. I went down to the stream and there was a deep blue hole there. I took off my socks and shoes and soaked my feet in the icy water. I was putting my shoes back on and thought I should get into the water! No, i couldn't. Then I decided I had to do it. I took my shirt and shorts off and waded out into the water. I went in to about my waste.....then I went under water! I came up with a whooooooooohoooooooo! I took one more plunge and another whoooohooo! It was so cold and so awesome! I dried off a little and then got back on the trail for another 3 hrs of hiking feeling totally refreshed.

I took a video of the shy high suspension bridge with my iPad and will try to upload it. We are at the guest house we stayed at the first night after we left Lukla. The have wifi here but it is unreliable and slow.
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2014-05-25 5:39 AM
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Wow--you are braver than me! I wouldn't get past a toe in glacial melt water. But my guide and I were bouncing on that high suspension bridge. Good times! Hope you have a safe trip down. I am drooling with jealousy as I recover under the AC on the couch from the heat of this morning's ride and an afternoon of errands in 95-100 degree heat.

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2014-05-25 8:12 PM
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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152885411304115&id=641...

LMK if that link works to my FB where I posted a video.

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2014-05-26 1:25 AM
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2014-05-26 2:06 AM
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The Alabama/Everest Expedition.



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2014-05-26 5:50 AM
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Day 7 of hiking was nominal and short. It only took us about 3 hours to hike back up yo Lukla. We checked I to the guest house. We said our good-bye to our porter Kumar with a $120 for his service. They suggest 10 to 12 per day for the porter. We were hiking 7 days and so tipped a little over $17 per day. The guide, Ross, typically gets 15 to 20 per day. Ross was a good guide despite his deficiency in English but he will be with us about 10 days so will get at least $200.

Nick and I found a 'Scottish Pub' and have spent the afternoon talking. I shared some of my engineering war stories and we talked about his prospects for law school and such.
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2014-05-26 8:11 PM
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Day 8. Today we fly back to Katmandu from Lukla flying out of "the scariest airport in the world". The guest house had a bathroom with a toilet and a sink but there was no water at the sink. We will stay in the '3 star' rathole in Katmandu for 3 nights then will move to a five star on our own dime the last 2 nights so we can easy back into the world.
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2014-05-26 8:23 PM
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Originally posted by Rogillio Day 7 of hiking was nominal and short. It only took us about 3 hours to hike back up yo Lukla. We checked I to the guest house. We said our good-bye to our porter Kumar with a $120 for his service. They suggest 10 to 12 per day for the porter. We were hiking 7 days and so tipped a little over $17 per day. The guide, Ross, typically gets 15 to 20 per day. Ross was a good guide despite his deficiency in English but he will be with us about 10 days so will get at least $200. Nick and I found a 'Scottish Pub' and have spent the afternoon talking. I shared some of my engineering war stories and we talked about his prospects for law school and such.

A successful adventure by any measure.  Thanks again for the thread.

2014-05-27 8:14 AM
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Thanks for all the details and pictures Mike! Sounds like you were having a rough time, and made the right call to not go any higher! Reading your story makes me super impressed with people who DO go up higher and who make it to the top of Everest. It sounds like torture! 

 

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2014-05-29 2:24 AM
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My trip report....if it loads.
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2015-04-27 7:17 AM
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I watched all weekend the death toll climb. I can't help but think of the numerous little villages between Katmandu and EBC that could very easily been completely burried. I am FB friends with our EBC guide but he has not posted a work - I hope that just indicates the lack of internet access. By guess though is he is out on the trail making a living guilding trekers somewhere between Lukla and EBC.
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2015-04-27 11:06 PM
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Also watched a lot of the coverage here and very sad for the people of Nepal. Hoping my guide (Dawa Nuru Sherpa from Phortse) and his family are okay. He would be well into his sixties by now so hopefully he has retired from climbing, but his village is one of the highest in the Khumbu and I can't imagine what it must be like after so strong a quake. Also possible he could have been out with trekkers or working at Base Camp. Please let me know if you happen to hear any news of him--he's a fairly well-known sirdar ( head sherpa).

When I was in Nepal, it was still during the Maoist rebellion and times were very hard; I was struck by people's optimism and resilience. Hope the world gives them the assistance they need to rebuild their beautiful country.
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2015-04-28 7:05 AM
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Also watched a lot of the coverage here and very sad for the people of Nepal. Hoping my guide (Dawa Nuru Sherpa from Phortse) and his family are okay. He would be well into his sixties by now so hopefully he has retired from climbing, but his village is one of the highest in the Khumbu and I can't imagine what it must be like after so strong a quake. Also possible he could have been out with trekkers or working at Base Camp. Please let me know if you happen to hear any news of him--he's a fairly well-known sirdar ( head sherpa).

When I was in Nepal, it was still during the Maoist rebellion and times were very hard; I was struck by people's optimism and resilience. Hope the world gives them the assistance they need to rebuild their beautiful country.


They are tough as nail! We saw a kid about age 10 carrying a pack that was over 70 lbs. About the same weight as the kid. He was hiking the killer trail to Namche. I felt sorry for him to be working so hard making a living at that age instead of being in school.

Most of the houses in the villages are made of stacked stones! Even the nicer homes that are made from chiseld blocks are motarless.

Our guild has still not posted anything on FB....but I guess social media is not a big priority right now.
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2015-05-12 8:32 AM
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Finally heard from our guide and he is OK. Today another quake - this one centered at Namche. We spend 3 days at Namche - 2 days on the way out and one day on the way back. Namche is a pretty big village. There are no roads to the village - everything is either carried in on the backs of people, oxen or donkeys or brought in/out via helicopter.
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