November 30, 2010 – December 1, 2010
I write this inside the sweaty warmth of my Alpine sleeping bag, by far the best thing I packed. There is NO heat in my room. I now know why this huge backpacker lodge is empty minus us three freezing backpackers. The screen keeps fogging up, ugh. I'm afraid of Acute Mountain Syndrome, because we actually completed two days in one yesterday. Need to ascend more slowly. I did take Diamox medicine that I bought but the side effect is excessive urination. Can you imagine more excessive than I already was? So exiting my sleeping bag 5 times last night was nothing short of hell. I can see my breath; I guess that means I'm still alive anyway. I slept in shorts and a t-shirt because it warms up the bag better due to the quicker release of my body heat within the sleeping bag. However, this adds greatly to the shock of exiting it. Regardless, NEVER been so cold and with eight more days of upward climbing, it's only going to get colder, much colder. The positive side of traveling in off season is that the space on the steep narrow trails is much better without the crowds. Regardless you are still dodging fat yak and countless porters caring huge structural planks and everything else under the sun. I saw several Sherpa people today with up to six cases of beer on their backs!! Its amazing how many Nepalese speak English and very well. The few I’ve met thus far are very warm and inviting, a genuine joy to spent time with. Okay, time to exit this bag, ahhh.