Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Enjoying a Rest Day

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

I finally get another chance to get a word or two in. Today was a rest day and we tried to do just that. . . rest as much as we could.  We did a short hike in the morning that took us to the ridge line above us.  There we could see three of the 8,000 meter peaks: Makalu, Cho Oyo, and Lotse.  We also saw our first glimpse of Island Peak.  It looks very steep, high, and cold. 

Our hike took us to 14,500ft, which is higher than any peak in the continental United States.  So, it was an exciting moment for us.

Later in the day we attended an information session presented by the Himalayan rescue association on the effects of altitude on the body.  Besides learning about AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), we learned about HAFE (High Altitude Flatulence Expulsion).  The latter one is very real to us as John has been suffering from it for days.  Actually, I have been doing the suffering since I have been walking behind him on the trail.

John claims the food is to blame for his HAFE. So, I will share a bit about our eating experiences thus far.  The tea-houses offer a similar menu for the most part.  For lunch or dinner, the typical choices are some sort of rice (fried, steamed, or curry), some sort of noodles ( fried or with a tomato sauce), some sort of potatoes (boiled or fried), soup, or dal baht.  Dal baht is a Nepalese meal of rice and a sort of lentil soup that is poured over the rice.  It appears that the Sherpas traveling with us eat dal baht at every meal.  Occasionally, the tea-house will have chicken.  When that is the case, we order a special treat called chicken chile.  It is a spicy chicken dish that is delicious.  All of the food is very good, but the menu lacks diversity.  The dessert is especially interesting and I have come to like it very much.  They offer Snickers or Mars pie, which is just a deep fried Snickers or Mars (Milky Way) candy bar. Sometimes they also have a deep-fried Bounty (Mounds), which is my favorite.  Mmmm, delicious.—Kim

P.S. A big shout-out to Mrs. Hartman’s 3-5 classroom.

First view of Island Peak.  Photo: Kim RMI Guide Mark Tucker along the trail.  Photo: Kim

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Hello from Mrs. Hartman’s class!!  We miss you but are excited to read your blog!!  How high is Island Peak?  Ranish wants to know if you like the curry.  Are you staying warm?  Are you having fun or wish you were back home?  Is it really snowy where you are now or is there ice there?  Are the yaks carrying your bag?  Have you been wearing your harness or using your ice axe yet?  Please keep us posted about how you are doing.  We think your pictures are awesome!    Are you staying well?  We are thinking of you!  Love, Mrs. Hartman’s class

Posted by: Lori Hartman's class on 3/28/2012 at 1:40 pm

Hello from Ms. Jerome’s 4/5 science class. WE miss you Ms. C. We have some questions for you.
How high are you? How are you feeling?
Which is higher Everest Base Camp or Island Peak?
How many tea house have you been too? What is your favorite dish to eat for dinner and lunch?
WE think you totally rock! Keep going!
Over and out! Ms. Jerome’s 4/5 class. xoxoxo

Posted by: Pam on 3/28/2012 at 10:38 am

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