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Rest day in Dingboche, Visiting medical clinic

Listening to the lecture at the HRA medical clinic in Pheriche

Location: Dingboche
Altitude: 4300m
Local Time: 5:15pm, 30 Mar 06
Weather: 8C, Cloudy

Hi everyone, its Paul here.

Today was a scheduled rest day so Fiona and Bridge took the opporunty to have a shower. Chris and I reckoned we smelt fine and didn’t need one! It was a bucket over a small tin shed, but they enjoyed it. (Apparently Chris and Bridge are going to be staying in a really nice lodge tomorrow night, so I might avail myself of a shower then.)

Visiting the HRA medical clinic
After breakfast we climbed over a small hill to the town of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association medical clinic. This is staffed by doctors from around the world who volunteer their time to treat trekkers and locals. Trekkers are charged US$40 for a consultation and this subsidises medical services for Nepalise. Although the clinic is only staffed during the trekking season, about two thirds of the people treated are locals. The doctors said that there is much greater awareness amonst westerners about altitude sickness, but lowland Nepalise porters are just as likely to suffer altitude sickness and are usually unaware of the symptoms. They also said that there is a macho attitude amonst the Nepalise towards altitude, so they are relucant to inform others if they are having problems. A few weeks ago a Nepalise person went from Kathmandu to Lobuje (approx. 4900m) in two days and he died despite the help of the HRA.

Lecture on altitude sickness
We were given an hour lecture on all the various forms of altitude sickness from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) to HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema). They had a really interesting slide showing the ability of the body to absorb oxygen from the air and how this decreases significantly in a non-linear fashion as you ascend above 4000m.

Chris and Bridge
Bridge and Chris climbed up a few hundred metres above us to visit a Chorton. They spent a few minutes there and came back down. They then had to go back up, because they left their water bottle! Bridge is feeling fine now.

Your Messages
Thanks everyone for your messages. I can assure you we see them all and love reading them. We also see all your text messages that you send to our phone; we check this a couple of times a day. There is a small problem when you send text messages in that it seems to cut off the last few words if you write a long message AND put your name in the name field. I suggest that you leave the name field blank and just put your name at the end of your message.

QECVI - We asked a couple of Sherpas what Babu meant and they said that it means baby or a younger person.

Tomorrow we are off to Lobuje, which is meant to be another gradual climb upwards. Hopefully the weather gods continue to shine.



Posted by: MC on March 31, 2006 04:48 AM AEST

Paul, Fiona, Chris and Bridget
I was curious as to what a Chorton is. I looked it up in the dictionary and encyclopedia with no results. (It must not be that exciting since Chris and Bridget only stayed there a few minutes!) Glad Bridget is fine.
Let your vision be your guide. Let others inspire you but always stay true to your vision. MC

Posted by: MC (again) on March 31, 2006 06:52 AM AEST

I was researching the "famous" greek gods just for fun and Aeolus was the custodian of the wind, gales and other forces. You might want to be keeping him in mind!

Posted by: Jan on March 31, 2006 08:59 AM AEST

Hi gals and guys, Good to hear all's well and Bridge is feeling better. Not much happening at home. Commonwealth games finished with a bang, grand Prix this weekend, and also Murray-to-Moyne ride - bandidos have 2 teams, but not me - cycling all night is not my favourite activity! Stay fit and well, and enjoy your adventure!

luv, JanXXX

Posted by: Lucinda on March 31, 2006 02:31 PM AEST

Hi guys,
I was wondering if you have heard about Mark Inglis - I read about him in the mX newspaper yesterday, he is a New Zealander who is attempting to climb Everest this season - he is also a double amputee after having both legs amputated (below the knee) 23 years ago. He is also a Paralympian & won silver in Athens. From what I have read he will be attempting it from the Tibetan side, but it seems you may come across him at base camp.

Thought it was a very interesting story.
Hope you are enjoying the trip to base camp so far.


P.S. You still haven't answered my question from the other day!

Posted by: Jeannette Genton on March 31, 2006 03:27 PM AEST

we love following the saga as you continue along your journey - I've shared your Web site with my staff in Victoria, British Columbia and your updates are now part of the morning routine along with the cup of coffee. all of us are with you every step of the way - and the best part is reminding everyone - that's my nephew and his wife!

Jeannette and John

Posted by: Leo & Johanna on April 1, 2006 10:27 AM AEST

Hi Guys,
Glad to read all is going well but Paul
have the Yaks lodged an objection about your irregular showering habits?
love the daily mail,enjoy the journey.
Johanna and Leo