After a great nights sleep (it was right around freezing), we awoke to a beautiful clear morning.
The morning was not so beautiful for one of our team members, Jordan, who suffered a rib injury. It got worse during our hike yesterday, and he was helicoptered our this morning.
That leaves 7 of us - Robert, who has summitted Everest and is an accomplished climber, Dylan and Ashleigh, a married couple who are geologists, Richard, a lawyer from Washington DC, and us three flatlanders.
After Jordan’s departure, we hiked up the valley until we hit an altitude of 13,500 feet - the day was absolutely perfect, and we got a clear look at the big mountains. The trails are relatively empty - we are sharing the tea house with Russians, Dutch and American climbers.
It looks like we have a strong team - everyone is doing well.
Tomorrow we are off to Thagnak, at 14,200 feet. We will be staying there for three nights, and taking some great acclimatization walks.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain