April 10, 2011
Dingboche, Khumbu Valley.
We are now just two days away from Everest base camp and feeling fit and ready to move up. The last two days were spent in Dingboche, a village at 4300 meters at the confluence of the valley the leads up to Island Peak below the South Face of Lhotse and the valley that leads up to basecamp. Our team is enjoying the easy pace of a mellow approach. (our summit window is still over a month away) Taking it slow on the way up will help insure our health and strength as we move higher and higher up the mountain. Neal and I got out on a fun trail run yesterday and went above 5000 meters for the first time. The 12km jog felt great for the engine and we made sure to hydrate well afterwards.
We have been running into all sorts of folk we know along the way and were all thrilled to see fellow Aspenite Lindon Mallory this morning. Lindon is guiding for another outfit and was just coming off an Island Peak climb with a different group. We will see Lindon up in BC after he sends his trekkers home. As for our schedule tomorrow we will move up to the village of Lobuche for one night.
Here are some pics from the last two days.
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