So I’m now halfway along my trek to Mt. Everest base camp. As I mentioned before I’ll be giving a detailed write up when this is over, but I thought I’d keep trying to check in once in a while in the meantime. It can get pretty lonely up here and it’s nice feeling like I have all of you with me!
I’m now at a fairly impressive 4,200 meters (12,500 ft) of elevation and taking a step uphill is like going for a jog. Matters haven’t been helped by a bad case of bronchitis that I picked up along the way and that’s turned into a lung infection. That means that in addition to the normal altitude issuses – headaches, nightmares, insomnia and nausea – I have the added pleasure of fever, a sore throat and a cough the produces all sorts of creepy looking things.
Not all is bad though, I’m walming with a lovely Canadian couple so I don’t feel so alone in my suffering. I also met someone on the way down with an extra batch of antibiotics. Perhaps best of all I went to a free talk by some rescue doctors today and asked about my condition. Theysaid that provided it didn’t lead to severe high alititude sickness I should be ok, so it’s onward!
The views remain stunning, although snow and clouds have chnaged the feel. Along with the snow, the temperature continues to drop, which means I can look forward to some pretty brutal temperatures once I get to base camp. Actually, by all accounts the last bit is the hardest, but if my sickness clears up it should feel like a walk in the park. Then again if it doesn’t… we’ll I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Take care everyone! I’m jealous of your heated rooms and running water. I still have a couple more weeks up here!