November 7, 2007 Leila Motivates the Team to Higher Ground
[ lost transmission ] ... because this is a day to acclimate at a higher altitude, we were treated to a breakfast at 7:30 instead of 7:00 (extra time to sleep).
We were anticipating a day of rest and relaxation at the lodge but Leila had better plans; she announced that today’s ‘optional’ activity was a hike up the mountain above Pheriche. While optional, it was highly suggested that we participate. The reason being is once we hike to the higher altitude our bodies automatically start adjusting to that altitude so an extra 1,000 feet today will help us in our hike to Lobuche tomorrow.
It was a beautiful day for a hike. For the first time in 3 days the clouds broke while we were on the hike, we had spectacular views of the Lhotse face, Island Peak (one of our members is going to climb) and Ama Dablam which Don, Jack and John are going to climb.
At one point in the hike, Roger was taking in the day and sharing his thoughts with us: “here we are at 13,000 feet with all of our heads pointed up looking at the amazing mountains which surround us.” The clear view also allowed Michelle to add more pictures of mountains to her already expansive collection.
After a late lunch we did get an opportunity to rest and relax until we attended the high altitude lecture at the Clinic Research Centre in town. The lecture was more for interest then a necessity. We are monitoring daily to ensure we are all doing well and will dispense of the appropriate medication if necessary.
Today we make the leap to Lobuche, our last stop before we reach Gorak Shep.
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