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Sitting Back in Kathmandu
Thursday, May 11, 2000
"...ailments aren't on our mind because we're sitting back here in Kathmandu, a totally different climate. It's begun to get hot, all of a sudden...."

Leaving Namche, Saying Goodbye
Wednesday, May 10, 2000
"This leaving Namche Bazaar business is always bittersweet and, I'll have to say, somewhat complicated...."

Momo-fest with Phu Doma
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
"We've had the normal, very rewarding and slightly over-stimulating return to what for us is kind of civilization, walking back into Namche Bazaar. The big news for today, the big event, is that it is momo [Tibetan stuffed dumplings] night...."

Tired Trekkers Step Lively at 12,500 Feet
Monday, May 8, 2000
"There's a bounce to the step and a sort of calmness to people's physical well-being right now that we're back down at 12,500 feet at Thyangboche...."

Trekkers Meet Climbers
Sunday, May 7, 2000
"It was uplifting for my group, these trekkers, to see these people, breathe their dedication, their confidence...."

Warm Visit with South Col Team
Saturday, May 6, 2000
"Al Hanna looks great, folks, and he and I had a warm, I'll have to say slightly tear-filled, reunion. He's going to make it, and I've been proud to be part of his efforts on this mountain over the years...."

Tragedy Not Confined to '96
Friday, May 5, 2000
"They had, on the way down from successfully climbing the West Ridge of Everest — which in itself is a huge feat — all six were caught in an avalanche and slid down onto the Lho La. Four were killed instantly..."

Pheriche is Filling Up
Thursday, May 4, 2000
"And we're in these big comfortable beds with indoor plumbing and toilets setting down the hall but all the water that's here is carried up..."

Sharing Stories In Pheriche
Wednesday, May 3, 2000
"So we're all meeting people who've been very recently on the mountain and we're hearing news about how things are going..."

Light Snow In Pheriche
Tuesday, May 2, 2000
"It's good to be this close to Base Camp, we're looking at the maps and if you look at the distance trekked from Lukla about 80 percent of it is behind us now..."

Thyangboche Monastery: Simply Spectacular
Monday, May 1, 2000
"...it is one of the most, if not the most famous Tibetan monasteries, Tibetan/Buddhist monasteries, in the world. The location is spectacular..."

Life in Thame
Sunday, April 30, 2000
"It was explained to me by Tseten: the young men are all away on expeditions or trekkings; the old men are all up high grazing yaks; the young women are all off some distance away..."

Sherpa Characters
Saturday, April 29, 2000
"Salia, very kind of calmly and in an unruffled manner, strolled into Namche at about 2 o'clock yesterday having done that entire trip to Base Camp, somehow or another, round trip, in about two days...."

View from Namche
Friday, April 28, 2000
"But as luck would have it... we saw Kwangde and later we saw Thamserku and even Ama Dablam and before we descended you could even see the base of the Lhotse-Nuptse wall...."

The Corner Room
Thursday, April 27, 2000
"I don't know if I told you... but we like it up here because you can point the satellite phone out the window and it's perfectly aimed at the Indian Ocean satellite...."

Auspicious Start in Soft Rain
Wednesday, April 26, 2000
"The roar of the Dudh Kosi river is behind, and as it begins to get dark, I'm anticipating a great night's sleep. I always sleep so well when I finally get back out here..."

Bound for Lukla
Tuesday, April 25, 2000
"And we're going to be on our way to Everest Base Camp again. It's going to be great to get some exercise and start moving and I'll let you know how we feel when we get to Lukla tomorrow...."

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