Slept pretty well last night… we are now at 15,600 feet AMSL, and the low oxygen tension has a variety of effects. For one, I am having strange, vivid dreams.Not bad, not good, just odd.I think others on the team are, too.
Because this is a planned rest day, we were able to start with a leisurely 7:30 AM breakfast.The sun hits the tents about 7:15, so this is a blessing… always easier to get moving when it’s warmer.
To aid in our acclimatization, we took a beautiful day hike up to the ridge that sits just above LBC.We gained about 800 feet in under an hour, with spectacular scenery on all sides.Calling down to LBC from our high point, sounding like a pack of scalded apes, we echoed throughout the uninhabited valley.Righteous.
Time for laundry, bucket showers, recharging batteries with the photovoltaics, and getting the blog lined up on my laptop.Rumor has it that a village an hour away may have internet access, so I’m hoping to make a pilgrimage there tomorrow.
Finally, we had a lovely birthday celebration for Jerry, who turned 70 today.He is in amazing shape!And, the cook team did a fabulous job baking a delicious, moist cake for him.Incredible at 15,800 feet!
posted: April 6, 2016
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