Sometimes A Picture Needs To Be Worth a Thousand Words
Thanks to everyone for all the emails, comments and tweets. Access to a solid internet connection has been sorely lacking, but I’ve read every single message several times over. I don’t think there’s any way you can climb a mountain like Everest without extreme determination (or just plain stubbornness in my case), so I am hugely indebted to all the moral support. Keep it coming. It means a lot to me.
This is how much equipment it takes to climb Everest. My three duffel bags are somewhere in there.
Also referred to as the Lukla Airport, the Tenzing-Hilary Airport is said to be the world's most dangerous airport. The runway sits on an incline, with a sharp 600m drop-off on one end and a cliff face on the other. Expeditions to Everest generally begin with a flight here.
View from our teahouse in Namche (3450m).
Mountain views around Namche.
The monastery at Tengboche (3867m).
Introducing my sherpa: Lakpa
Receiving a blessing from a lama this morning prior to the start of our climb.