Local Time: 5:15pm, 30 Mar 06
Weather: 8C, Cloudy
Hi everyone, its Paul here.
Today was a scheduled rest
day so Fiona and Bridge took the opportunity to have a shower. Chris and I
reckoned we smelt fine and didn’t need one! It was a bucket over a small tin
shed, but they enjoyed it. (Apparently Chris and Bridge are going to be
staying in a really nice lodge tomorrow night, so I might avail myself of a
Visiting the HRA medical
After breakfast we climbed over a small hill to the town of Pheriche to visit
the Himalayan Rescue Association medical clinic. This is staffed by doctors
from around the world who volunteer their time to treat trekkers and locals.
Trekkers are charged US$40 for a consultation and this subsidises medical
services for Nepalise. Although the clinic is only staffed during the trekking
season, about two thirds of the people treated are locals. The doctors said
that there is much greater awareness amongst westerners about altitude
sickness, but lowland Nepalese porters are just as likely to suffer altitude
sickness and are usually unaware of the symptoms. They also said that there is
a macho attitude amongst the Nepalese towards altitude, so they are reluctant
to inform others if they are having problems. A few weeks ago a Nepalese
person went from Kathmandu to Lobuje (approx. 4900m) in two days and he died
despite the help of the HRA.
Lecture on altitude sickness
We were given an hour lecture on all the various forms of altitude sickness
from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) to HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema). They had a really interesting slide
showing the ability of the body to absorb oxygen from the air and how this
decreases significantly in a non-linear fashion as you ascend above 4000m.
Chris and Bridge
Bridge and Chris climbed up a few hundred metres above us to visit a Chorton.
They spent a few minutes there and came back down. They then had to go back
up, because they left their water bottle! Bridge is feeling fine now.
QECVI - We asked a couple of
Sherpas what Babu meant and they said that it means baby or a younger person.
Tomorrow we are off to Lobuje,
which is meant to be another gradual climb upwards. Hopefully the weather gods
continue to shine.
Sport Everest Boot has made some minor changes by adding
more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High
altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to
-75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads.
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid
shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and
removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive
fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to
increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate
Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
SIZES LISTED. See more here.
weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand
See more here.