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Nov 8, 2016 - Jak mě nouzově evakuovali z Himalájí

Milda se rano rozhoduje, ze uz to dal neda. To znamena, ze se vsichni vracime. Ja se snazim najit nosice, ktery by mi odnesl krosnu zpet do Pheriche, ale nikoho nenachazim. Budu ji muset snest sam. Na stesti se Dzos nabizi, ze mi vezme maly batuzek, takze na zadech ponesu jen nejakych 12 kg. Cesta z Lobuche do Pheriche je kratka, prevazne z kopce. To je ale to nejhorsi pro me koleno. Navic mi dnesnim dnem totalne dosly baterky. Deset dni bez normalni stravy (jen nudle a ryze) si vybyra svou dan. Jsem rad, ze se drzim na nohou. Cesta je...

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Nepál 2017

Oct 29, 2016 - Hurá do Himalájí

Sedim sám ve společenské místnosti, občas kouknu ven na řeku, která tece hned pod barákem a klepu se zimou. Ale vraťme se nejprve několik hodin zpet.‎ ‎Ráno vstáváme v pet, jelikoz v 7:30 letíme do Lukly. Z Lukly uz půjdeme pěsky az do základního tábora Everestu (dále jen "EBC").‎ Standardně místními lety moc nelitam. Z autobusu člověk vidí víc z krajiny. Lukla je výjimka. Jednak do Lukly nejezdí zádná doprava. Lze jet autobusem jen do Jiri a z Jiri následně 4 dny pěsky přes několik údolí az do Lukly. Na to nemáme cas. Alternativa je letět....

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Nepál 2017

Oct 23, 2015 - Day 17: Manage your Birthday Expectations (Panch Pokhari -Amphu Labsta Base Camp)

It was a hard long day today - still finding it hard to breathe as though I only have half my usual lung capacity. Today was up over boulders and rocks and up on a moraine. It was a cold day - the sun was out but the winds kept us chilled the entire day. We were again following alongside a river through the Hinku Valley and were surrounded by gorgeous peaks but it was a very barren landscape and no villages or people to be seen. I have been having a lot of trouble keeping my mind focused on things I want to be thinking about - instead it...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Day 16: The importance of water bottles (Kongma Dingma - Panch Pokhari 5300m)

I kept reminding myself that despite summiting Mera, we were only 1/3 of the way through our challenges. In the next six days we’d have to tackle Amphu Labsta pass and Island Peak. Hard to believe that even though I would be away from home for 6 weeks that within a 7 day period I would be summiting Mera and attempting another summit plus dealing with a technical pass. It was a lot of work for a short period of time. We had a steep climb out of camp this morning since we were down in a valley. I started out in the front of the group and was...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Day 15: One out of two ain't bad (Kongma Dingma 4900m)

Today is a well deserved rest day so our wake up call was moved to 7:30am. The sun was out in the morning so we were able to wash some clothes and put out our solar panels to try to recharge everything for the second half of this trip. For a portion of the morning I found myself a rock away from everyone else and the tent and caught up on my writing but soon enough the cold got to be too much for me and I moved to the tent that was toasty warm from the sun hitting it. I tried to keep writing then switched to read a book but promptly fell...

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Oct 20, 2015 - Day 14: Part II: The long descent (Mera Peak Summit - Kongma Dingma 4900m)

We sat down where we had left our packs and ate our lunches and relaxed knowing that those 7 hours were done, only had to go back down now. We had to rope up again for the descent but we were moving a lot faster going down. You still had to be careful though not to fall or get hurt. You really notice just how far you have come when you come back down. It was FAR! We were walking quickly and it still seemed to take forever before we finally reached high camp. We had a bit of a rest, some more food and some hot juice, removed some layers, our...

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Oct 20, 2015 - Day 14: Part I: I want off this rope! Eat a Snickers Bar! (High Camp - Mera Peak Summit 6476m)

Balram wanted the departure time to be 3:00am so that meant a 1:30am wake up, breakfast in the tent while we put any clothes we didn't sleep in on and pack up the duffel so the porters could come pick it up while we were gone. Since we were in the alternative sleeping arrangement I was restricted to my side of the tent and what I could accomplish without Sharda being awake and moving. For some reason she was in no hurry to get up. During our morning tea and breakfast she was fiddling with her headlamp and it fell into her tea - this would...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Day 13: Ice Axe Pandas (Mera La - Mera High Camp 5800m)

Only the necessities would be going to High Camp so we had taken time last night to pull out all the clothing and gear that we would need – thermarest, sleeping bag, liner, down jacket, head lamp, our summit clothes, mountaineering boots, crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe, poles. We had to put all our necessary gear in one duffel bag per tent so Sharda and I had loaded all our high camp gear in my duffel and then shoved everything left over in hers. Only a few members of our crew would be coming with us – our cook and our climbing Sherpas...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Day 12: ROCK!!! (Khare - Mera La 5400m)

This morning was the start of the actual approach for our summit attempt on Mera Peak (Central). [Note: there are actually three “peaks” on Mera – South, Central and North – the one that is usually climbed is Mera Central and is the one we will be attempting but Mera North is actually the highest point on Mera – it is 15m higher than Mera Central so if we summit, we are technically not reaching the highest point of Mera]. From Khare the next step for us is to go to base camp – which for us is going to be Mera La at 5400m. It wasn’t going to...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Day 11: Tradition and training (Khare 4900m)

Today was the day that the trek portion would switch gears. Up until now we were only acclimatizing and there was no real pressures – the temperatures were bearable, the terrain was non-technical and we weren’t at any extreme altitudes but that was about to change and this was marked by a ceremony first thing in the morning. It is a ritual to hold a Puja ceremony before an expedition, it is a Buddhist prayer ceremony. The Puja is held on a large rock – we were told to pick one piece of equipment to bring and it was placed on the rock along...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Day 10: Getting closer - first sighting of Mera Central Summit (6km - Tagnag - Khare 4900m)

Balram would sit down with us after dinner every night and give us a summary of the next day. Wake up time, what we should be wearing (thermals or no thermals), how long we’d be walking and a description of the walk (steep up, steep down, gradual up…). A term that we learned from these briefings was “Nepali Flat”. Whenever Balram would use the words – long time flat, what he meant was a long time “Nepali Flat”. This is because flat does not exist in the Himalayas. You are never walking on complete flat ground, hell your tent is never on...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Day 9: Casual 5km rest day walk to 5000m (Tagnag 4400m)

It was time for another rest day. I have to say though that they should really come up with a different name since we didn’t get to rest. When we crawled into our tents last night there was already a fair bit of snow accumulated on the tents and the ground. This was fortunate since when I got up for a toilet tent visit in the middle of the night I did a classic Mt. Kilimanjaro Jennifer and forgot to put my glasses on when I left the tent. For those of you that don’t know this story – I got up to go to the washroom at one of our camps on the...

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