Day 12 – Cho la (pass)

We started at 6:00. We walked for a couple hours then had to add crampons and gators to our attire. It was all uphill.

I feel like a marathoner at the 18th mile. I have no fuel or energy left in me. Yet I have miles to go.

My lack of appetite is either dimox or the altitude or both. I get winded packing my bag. Even walking to the restaurant for breakfast I get winded.

Once on top of the pass I felt great. Lots of trekkers. I place a pray flag for my sister Barbara & I.

The walk down from the pass was an adventure in it’s self. I slid on my butt in a gravely part of the trail. The real trying part was the distance. Long down hills are just as trying as long uphills.

Day 11 – an easy day

O% = 75. Not good. Room temp was 41.The correct spelling for is Síofra

How many mountains must man climb before they call him a man. The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.

Regrets:

  1. Every cigarette I ever smoked
  2. Everyday I missed gym class
  3. Not training with an oxgen mask
  4. Not training more
  5. Not doing this sooner

Age analysis:

The walk to EDC I was in the 5% group. For the high pass trek I’m it. No one is older.

Day 10. EBC or bust

O% = 82. Hanging in there.

A hard walk to where we’re going to stay tonight. We’re going to eat lunch and then head up to EBC.

Been there; done that!

The Camino was a tail or a trek of people, churches, and towns.

This track is all about altitude and pace The story of this track is hidden in those details.

Lunch time.

Met this gal at Kathmandu immigration. She was going to be trekking with Dad, his friends, and her brother she had not seen in a year. When we passed we always shared supportive words.

Met this gal at the chuangzhou airport. Everytime we passed she had a big smile & supportive words. So kind. She was from Canada.

Day 9 – kongma la pass

Hardest day of trip. 9 hours of up and down. I fell twice, not damage. New personal trekking record of 18,100 feet.Kennedy speech has been in my head all day “we do this and the other things not because it’s easy but because it’s hard”This is hard. Very hard.Today I tied three pray flags at the top of the pass. Fir my mom who I still miss, my dad who I hardly knew but wish I did, and my sister who I could not figure out how to help. I know they walk together as a family.O% = 67 at the top. Wow that’s a low number.