Sunday, April 6, 2014


This is Lobuche and it's just over 20,000 ft, same as our Denali (McKinley) in Alaska. It doesn't look that high because I took this picture from 14k ft yesterday. We'll climb this first as a warm up, if you will. The idea is to get the body to realize that we're headed uphill and get the kidneys to jumpstart the making of red blood cells. This in turn will enable us to move much more quickly through the icefall. We want to do anything we can to minimize the time in these dangerous areas so we do what we can to increase these oxygen carrying red cells. I thought you might be interested in the thinking behind climbing a "bonus" mountain on our way to the big one.
I'll be on the back side of the moon for the next three days with no communication. I'll check in once we hit Everest BC about 4 days from now.


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  1. I am right by your side. Manoj.

  2. Incredible blog!! So awesome. The family is loving the gps tracking. Look forward to every post!!

  3. Fabulous photo. Must be breathtaking there-literally:)

  4. Lovin' it jon. One step at a time.

  5. Praying for you cousin. What a MAN of desire, and challenge you are. Who wouldn't be proud of you. Good Luck! We love you.