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Mt. Everest Expedition: Team Descends to Pheriche

Our last night at Mt. Everest Base Camp was made more pleasant by a visit from Meagan and Rachel, the two doctors from the Himalayan Rescue Association.  We’d lured them to our dining tent with high praise for Kumar’s farewell pizza dinner.  The two were homeless, as the HRA clinic tent was wiped out by the Avalanche air blast.  We are in absolute awe of the performance of these two in managing the medical response to the Base Camp tragedy.  They were hurt themselves in the blast and lost virtually all of their personal property, but went on to care for at least 80 patients over the following day -many with critical injuries.  We all enjoyed the pizza, but felt terrible that the two docs were still prone to violent coughing from having taken in the super cooled, ice laden air of the powder cloud that accompanied the air blast. 
Kumar kept his final night tradition by baking cakes (with and without gluten) for the team.  Alas, these didn’t say “congratulations Everest summiteers” but nobody complained. 
This morning, we enjoyed a little sunshine for a change, which made it a little easier to put final touches on our packing. We were on the trail by 10 AM.  A very different trail than we’d become accustomed to… No Trekkers, no porters, no traffic.  Of course, the reason for the empty trails is sobering, but the effect is wonderful.  Nobody has put the dire national situation out of their minds, but the value of a day spent walking peaceful trails through beautiful mountains can’t be overestimated.  We stopped in both Gorak Shep and Lobuche without seeing too much damage from the quake, but things in Pheriche are obviously worse.  Many of what had seemed to be the more substantial structures in town are badly damaged.  None-the-less, we’ve found comfortable and safe lodging. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Comments (4)

Thank you to your team- not only for feeding us, but also for your endless kindness, support & use of resources during and after the avalanche. I’m glad that the team made it home safely. I hope that our paths cross again at some point- you are all always welcome in sunny Australia! .

Posted by: Meg on

Amazing 2 doctors. The whole thing is so devastating. Thank you for keeping us informed Dave.

Posted by: Jacqueline Bayless on

Dave, so glad you’re safe and there couldn’t be a better person up there guiding things and helping beyond what would be manageable for the rest of us.

Posted by: Peter Gregory on

Godspeed Dave and best wishes - met you several years back at Taos Ski Valley - been a regular at the St. B since 1988. Safe trip back.

Posted by: Bob Iles on

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