Tuesday, October 27, 2015

3,000 Feet Higher & Outside Magazine

Since our last post we have made good progress toward Burke Khang Base Camp stopping in three villages over the last three days and gaining over 3,000 vertical feet along the way. Our first stop was Khumjung where the majority of buildings sustained damage during the earthquake six months ago. We were pleased to see repair and rebuilding of structures was well underway but there is still quite a bit of work to be done before winter arrives.
We also visited the school and hospital that Sir Edmund Hillary built and during our guided tour with Bill's friend, Dr. Mingma, we had the good fortune of saying Namaste to a baby boy who had just been delivered that morning.
The following day we continued upwards and into the Gokyo Valley, stopping overnight in the tiny village of Dole at 13,300 feet. This morning our trek took us up to Machhermo where we are now. At an elevation over 14,500 feet we are currently higher than Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states.
The other noteworthy point since our last post was the publication of an Outside Magazine article about our First Ascent of Burke Khang.  Here is the link:

How to Claim a First Ascent in Nepal

We are doing well and hope you are too!  Until our next post...

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