Written by Shobita Rajagopalan, Member, WMS Everest Expedition Team
Namaste from Pheriche!
This is a special update from Shobita. After our training climb on the Khumbu Icefall on April 14th, I was dehydrated and extremely fatigued with headaches and nausea. Despite the much needed rest day on April 15th and a visit to the Everest ER where in the diagnosis of mild AMS and dehydration was made, I made a decision to descend and go back home along with 2 of the WMS camp 2 team members and Mingmar, one of their sherpas. Early April 16th, our summit team set out through the Khumbu icefall to camp 1 where they were scheduled to spend the night. I left base camp with Karen and Dennis from the WMS Camp 2 team. The day was sunny and beautiful and we hiked down quickly through Gorakshep, Lobuche, Tukla into Pheriche in about 7 hours. I felt great! However, when I saw pictures of the icefall from Mingmar, I could not control a sense of remorse that I had not given it my best!
We checked into the White Yak inn to spend the night. We later visited the HRA clinic and later met up with Wongchu Sherpa (Chairman of Peak Promotion, who had summitted Mount Everest several times), and the next WMS team. After describing my experience to Wongchu and the reasons for my sudden decision to descend, he convinced me to stay on at Pheriche, spend an extra night at ~14,000 feet, rest and ascend again with the WMS team and re-attempt climbing above base camp!. So here I am in Pheriche on a beautiful rest day… with the new WMS team including Tony, the WMS President... So I am in great hands to go continue on the path to the summit of Mount Everest… the plan is to hydrate, wear my summit boots around the local area and just recuperate….
I remember good friends words to me… go with the flow of life otherwise it feels like one is rafting against the current! OK... Goodbye for now until our next update…. Shobita