21 May 2006, Approximately two weeks and 80 miles of Himalayan wonder...

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From Brenda Tierman,

Lukla, the air feels thick with oxygen. Hiking boots are shed and retired. We're back. Hot showers are only another day away and we are ripe! We have managed to survive the "Wongchu Sherpa Boot Camp", approximately two weeks and 80 miles of Himalayan wonder. Wongchu with his wisdom and spiritual connection to these mountains gave us the " Back Stage Pass" version of an epic adventure to Everest Base Camp. He opened doors for us I'm sure no one else was privy to and it was an honor to walk beside, rather behind, the man. Let there be no mistake, this trip was made possible by the Sherpas and porters. Our Sherpas constantly catered to our every need and went way above and beyond. They became our close companions. Ang Dawa and Karma, we will miss you. The porters defy human capabilities, scurrying past us with the "kitchen" on their backs. Some jaw dropping loads involved a dozen stacked chairs; 8 foot long 2X6's in packs of 10, and the winner, a refrigerator! About Yaks, sharing the road has taken on a new meaning and I have become quite the expert in high-siding and dodging Yak pies. Our favorite line has to be from Wongchu, looking up at the rescue helicopters that would occasionally fly by saying, "tourism". The best
nickname, Dogman. I could never have made it without my dog team, thank you. The most popular shopping items were bottled water, tissue, Mars bars, tissue, Pringles (more flavors than I have ever seen), and more tissue. The CME provided some great live versions. There was also a very in depth and informative topic on turtles though I can't seem to find it in my WMS text. Favorite meds: Cipro, always a best seller, followed by a Zofran chaser. Diamox afforded us some stunning middle-of-the-night moonlit views, and my personal favorite, Decadron., which leads us to the Himalayan Rescue Association. The HRA at Everest Base Camp is an absolutely essential, under funded, and unrecognized medical clinic set up on the fringes of the "Death Zone". Operating under an extremely harsh
environment, they are able to make the difference between life and death and they have my highest respect. And lastly, my fellow trekkers, together we have been immersed in the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas and the warmth and welcoming hearts of the Nepalese. We have received blessings from the Lamas, been cleansed with juniper smoke for luck and finally at an elevation of 18,600 feet high-fived each other with huge grins on our faces. It has been an indescribable adventure, a journey of a lifetime. It will bond us together for life and we will never forget it. Bless you Paul for putting this together.