There is something about trekking this stage to Everest Base Camp. Below here,
we are all looking at and enjoying the mountains. On this stage, something
changes and from here on up we are fully immersed in the highest mountains on
earth. Everywhere we look, every turn of the trail reveals yet a new vista, a
mountain or range, any one of which is stunning. The cumulative effect is hard
to describe to someone who has never been here, but for some of us it is
nothing less than life-changing.
This morning was perfectly clear and we enjoyed views of Everest, Nuptse, and
Lhotse seemingly close enough to reach out and touch. As our minds reached out
to encompass this challenge in front of us, we paid a visit to Lama Geshe, the
head lama of the Pangboche Gompa. Lama Geshe performed a truly wonderful puja
for us, and forced our minds to encompass much more. He asked for our
protection and safety on the mountain, and in turn asked us to be respectful
of the mountain while on our pilgrimage to the top. He also asked that we
think about the world in general while on our lofty summit, and think about
world peace and all mankind living together in harmony with each other and
with the natural world. This was a very moving ceremony for all of us.
The afternoon brought practical jokes to and by the sherpa in addition to the
usual unfolding stunning views. We walked into Pheriche at 4,300 meters (just
under 14,000 feet) around mid afternoon to building cloud and mist. We were
welcomed with the usual comfortable tea house and a great spread for afternoon
tea from our cook staff.
This evening brought a wonderful spread for dinner which we shared in common
with the trekking party. Esther’s birthday today was honored with
presentations and a fresh-baked cake. As I write this, many members are
playing chess and card games, or just relaxing around the heating stove (which
burns dried yak dung, not wood, which puts out an amazing amount of heat).
As a final note, Terry be advised that today Cathleen is now getting excited!
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent
team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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