Feeling: FLIGHT MODE 4.55am sung out and we were up. I had made Carig set multiple alarms – he was firm on no more than three, under the promise that if we dozed through he would be forking our for a helicopter to get us back. You see, flights to and from Lukla airport are … More Feeling: FLIGHT MODE
Feeling: THE TREK BACK (UP) & DOWN Last day in Namche: a stretch, cards over tea, the bakery cafe for six hours as I wrote wrote wrote (massive in roads; I’ll have this book full first edit through by end of August). I went and saw my friend at her Tibetan Handicraft Shop and showed … More Feeling: THE TREK BACK (UP) & DOWN
Feeling: THE KHUMBU LIFE NAMCHE DAY 1: Fitting being a Sunday, as we took a day of rest. I arose at 3am and awoke Craig by playing him a video from the previous day; he was lovely enough to converse with me for a few moments, before telling me to go the fuck back to … More Feeling: THE KHUMBU LIFE
Feeling: ALTY (-tude, not -ernative) So; the go with altitude. The first time I ever went into it, I had no idea what it actually referred to. All I knew was that less oxygen could affect functionality, and taking a medicine called Diamox could hinder such happenstances. But last time I took more notice, and … More Feeling: ALTY (-tude, not -ernative)
Feeling: ABOUT 3400M HIGH – OH WAIT, WE ARE! DAY THREE: Chheplung to NAMCHE!!!!!!! So what we were told should take five days we’ve smashed in three. Almost 100km. Not for some afflictions though; I awoke and fell over as the calves were staunchly stiff this morning. An unpleasant pulling sensation at the base of … More Feeling: ABOUT 3400M HIGH – OH WAIT, WE ARE!
Feeling: CRAMPY CALFED DAY TWO: Kharikhola to Chheplung; 28km (so 62 or so in the last two days). Day beginning with a solid three hour uphill, gaining 1000m in altitude from the get-go. Bodies knackered but minds still resilient, so soldiered on through multiple downpours, intense gradients up and mass declines down. And all powered … More Feeling: CRAMPY CALFED
Feeling: LEG TREMBLY DAY ONE: Phaplu to Kharikhola; in altitude, up 500m, down 900m, up 600m. About 34, 35ish km covered. A good 65,000 steps. Nine hours of solid up, down and undulated terrain tackled and totalled. Moments of brilliant heat, of solid rain, of fine mist drizzle. And all absolutely incredible. When we arrived … More Feeling: LEG TREMBLY