I had a bit of altitude acclimation issues at the beginning — very early on actually. It’s a crazy feeling, like your gonna pass out or have a terrible hangover. I have not experienced this before and it is thoroughly unpleasant. First, I ate a banana, then took in an electrolyte tab. Seemed to help and everything got better fairly quickly. I spent a good portion of the 3+ hours going up marveling at how crazy the human body is.
On the way down, I twisted my ankle once and slid once. Nothing serious and part of this type of recreation.
I love hiking. It’s so wonderful to be on the mountain with fellow hikers of all ages. It makes me feel so good to see folks in their 70s crushing it. I also love how friendly and helpful hikers are. It’s a nice community.
Stats according to @fitbit:
I’m not gonna lie, I love seeing stats like these. ☺️ The best part was for sure that I got to catch up with my dearest @drminah.
Photography credit: @drminah pushed the button
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We stopped at a ranger station to acquire a backcountry permit and were reminded to camp only on dirt and rocks, absolutely NO foliage. When we arrived, we scoured the area and found just one obvious campsite. All dirt, lined with rocks. But even then, we dropped our packs and continued to roam around in search for additional options. We brought the required bear canister and blue bags for human waste. We did all the things, and yet... I haven’t wanted to post this image because I’m confident the first thing that will come to some folks minds is “that’s not 200 feet from the water!” And that wouldn’t be an inaccurate statement - I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. It’s definitely farther from the water than this image makes it appear... but that’s the fun and sometimes difficult part about photography.
LNT are guidelines that all of us wilderness lovers should know and practice. But the stars don’t always align where you can check all the boxes. So do the best you can. Good campsites are found, not made. Clearing out an area, farther from the water would have done far more damage to this fragile place than taking up residency in an already existing spot closer to the lake.
But the point of this post is... there’s a lot of flack these days, people and accounts being reported and blasted for outdoor ethics or lack thereof. I’m in full support of respecting and protecting the environment, following the rules, and putting those things above myself and my images... but it’s good to remember this; a simple image usually doesn’t tell a complete story.
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Crossing the beautiful and deadly Khumbu Glacier before Gorak Shep might’ve been one of the scariest parts of the trek. The trails weren’t clearly marked due to the shifting glacier, there were naturally occurring rock slides, and the gravel under our feet crumbled away with each step, threatening to take us with it into the icy lakes below. Still 100% worth the thrill