Today we had a lie-in! Up at 7:30am and off by 9am on what would become a 7.5 hour acclimatization walk amidst some of the most stunning scenery any of us had ever seen. The Himalayas maintain this otherworldly quality that is simply impossible to capture in a photograph and equally difficult to express in words. It is like "walking in the heavens," as our guide Tashi says. With each turn there is a new panoramic view, a new angle to take in, and a new peak to measure up.
Last night the whole team was feeling fairly broken by the altitude, the distance covered, and the thought of what lied ahead. After a good night's sleep, however, we were pumped and ready to go. Especially StavMan, who was literally falling asleep at dinner last night. Boy did he bounce back! Everyone brought their A-game. K2 (the other Kyle) and J-Rod (Jarrod) were their usual ridiculous selves posing in Kung-fu position at the edge of mountains. K-Dax (Kaine) and Chook (Paul) remained level-headed, good humored, and an all-around joy to trek with. Jazz showed everyone up when we hit heavy snow on a downhill, literally skiing down the Himalayas in her trekking boots.
Tomorrow it's back on the trail, with 8 hours of mostly uphill steps ahead of us. What does this team have to say about that? BRING IT ON!
One final note: Wendy officially has a new nickname. It's "Wu!!!!" It was inspired by the profession of our IA team member Nadia's partner. Just too perfect.