Acclimatization hike today from ABC

Hello Everyone,

The weather pattern has been very predictable here in ABC. We wake up to blue skies, enjoy breakfast as the sun is warming camp and then a couple hours later the clouds and snow showers begin. It actually hasn’t been that bad though. The snow isn’t accumulating and usually lasts for a few hours into the evening and then clears off again.

Today we went for a hike after having a rest day yesterday and getting settled into our new home for the next several weeks. We hiked for a few hours navigating the tricky terrain that is Moraine: rocks on-top of ice. The route changes every year because of the moving ice and rocks but is in the same general vicinity. It’s slippery, and tough negotiating different sized loose rocks and can be tiring because the route goes up and down and up and down. The good news though is that very one did a great job negotiating this terrain for the first of many times!

It felt good to stretch the legs today after a rest day, and to also gain a little elevation, further aiding our bodies to adjust to the new lower oxygen environment. Everyone is adjusting well, and getting healthy. In the next few days we will take our first load of supplies up to camp 1 and return back to ABC. We will also be doing our Puja ceremony, a blessing ceremony to ask for safe passage up and down Cho Oyu. It’s a serious event but also turns to fun, sometimes dancing, eating, and a little drinking.

The pictures below are from today on our hike, and looking down on ABC.

Talk to you soon,

Ben

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