November 7, 2007 – A Visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association

John visiting the warm people of the Khumbu region

We are at Pheriche, 14,000 feet. Today was a rest day for our team and we did some serious resting today. After a relaxed breakfast we spent some time reading and just blazing in the sun. Later we got an acclimatization hike in and the clouds that have been following us for the past few days lifted long enough to take in some great views: the north face of Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Lhotse which was a real treat here in the high mountains.

Jack taking some R&R in the Khumbu Valley

About 3pm in the afternoon we headed over to the HRA, which is the Himalayan Rescue Association to their daily altitude lecture. This is always an informative session, and this year the clinic is actually performing a study on a drug that is an alternative to Diamox. For those people who suffer from sulphur allergies. This drug Spironolactone has been tested in the past by the US Military but really has not been widely used. It has similar affects without the side effects, is the hope. So some of us are actually taking part in this study; myself included. We should hopefully see the results buy this time next year.

One of the colorful local traders

Our objective:

Ama Dablam
Nepal Himalaya

22,494 feet
6857 meters

First Ascent:

March 13, 1961
Barry Bishop
Wally Ramanes
Mike Gill
Mike Ward