First wash with water for 5
weeks. Hot shower with soap and shampoo, luxury beyond words. Until now
personal hygiene has been courtesy of baby wipes and alcohol based hand wash.
How good it feels to be clean!! Also new found experiences such as been able
to get dressed standing up and really warm from wood burning stove. Arrived
late afternoon after an 8 hour walk down the mountain. In early updates I said
I was going down to Dingboche but in fact I am even lower at a lovely lodge at
Dewoche just below the Monastery at Tenboche. a few days ago I was not sure of
the benefits of dropping back down the valley but today after 12 hours solid
sleep and the site of greenery flowers and wild horses I'm convinced!
Also there has been a spate
of accidents in the ice fall, the latest being a 40 year old American from the
International Mountain Guide group who died following a broken leg. Having
climbed and descended the icefall half a dozen times it's easy to get over
confident! a fatal mistake I do not intend to let happen. Next time I cross
it, it will be for real. Apart from the veggie menu, food here is great!
appetizing and fulfilling! Eating from a table in a warm environment without
the rush to get it down before it goes cold is a real pleasure. There is a
bakery at Tenboche so I plan to wander up there for lunch.
Following my shower I
realized I have lost weight and muscle loss, but I feel very strong and can
climb like a mountain goat so I'm not too worried. Also the few days down here
is bound to build up my strength even further. All in all I'm very positive
despite the poor weather conditions higher up. I feel that once these lows
pass over Nepal/Tibet we will get the weather we are looking for!
Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse, a small German/English team of two will
attempt Everest in Spring of 2005 via the normal southeast ridge route. Keith
is in his fifties, Dirk 39. "Both of us have extensive mountaineering
experience, I am in a lifetime project of the seven summits, already started
with Kilimanjaro, 20 years ago. My expeditions have been self organized
whenever possible. I soloed Aconcagua and Elbrus - if you can call it this way
on this beaten tracks. Everest and Carstensz are still missing. Keith and me
climbed Denali together the year before. Keith works for British Telecom as
Manager Global Solutions. I am Pilot for a German Charter Company. My aim is
to support a cancer charity. This has a personal background, as my wife has
cancer herself and I am greatly involved in researching things and supporting
people with the same fate. Everest is a good opportunity to raise funds things
like this. Every support is welcome!"
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