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April 2, 2015 - Trek to Lobuche

Today we hiked up the Dugla hill on our way to Lobuche.  A nice walk, now above the tree line but still low shrub bushes and continued beautiful views of Himalayas.  At the top of Dugla hill we spent time at the memorial area where there is the Scott Fisher Memorial as well as many other stone memorials, large and small, for climbers and many Sherpa that have died on these mountains.  A moving and beautiful area.  I tied a Kata  to the Fisher memorial that a friend gave me for a friend of his that died in a climbing accident.

We are now here in Lobuche, at 16,400 feet, which has absolutely nothing going for it other than its location between Pheriche and Gorak Shep.  A cluster of few buildings sitting in a slog of mud and yak dung.  We did, however, get nice views of sunset on Nupse peak with a full moon just above the peak.  Our lectures on Acute Mountain Sickness are now coming in increasingly handy.  So far today we have diagnosed 3 cases of AMS in trekkers in other groups, and it’s only 7:30! In fact we have an ongoing consult on the other side of the table as I am writing this now.  A Swedish trekker with typical symptoms of AMS.  Yesterday we diagnosed HAPE in another member of their group.  The importance of appropriate ascent profile as been driven home!  Also, the Swedish group keeps hogging the yak dung stove for warmth in every teahouse we share with them, so perhaps this is their karmic payback.

Tomorrow on to Gorak Shep and hopefully good views of Everest.  Will see if the mountains pick off any more Swedes before then.b bb     bb   b b

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